What is an ePortfolio and how does it support Communication majors?

What is an ePortfolio?

 

Essentially, an ePortfolio is a digital showcase of an emerging professional’s best work, their professional journey (i.e., blog, work diaries), and traditional professional documents like personal statements and resume.   Given the increasing emphasis on social media and digital competencies for those in the modern workforce, an ePortfolio represents a proactive way to create and maintain a positive online presence while completing one’s degree, and hopefully beyond.

 

Why Communication?    Modern communication students are often hired into roles where digital competencies (e.g., social media proficiencies, web development, communication and web broadcast platforms) are expected.   Developing an ePortfolio throughout their junior and senior years allows for students to take greater professional ownership of their writing and multimedia projects:  Instead of just “for a grade,” these projects take on new life when they are uploaded to their personal ePortfolio page, contributing to a developing professional identity and online presence.

 

The End Game:  Ultimately the goal is for each participating student to upload assignments as a part of courses throughout the student’s junior and senior year.   As the student lines up interviews for pre-senior year summer internships, or for employment post-graduation, a developed ePortfolio serves as digital resource for the student, advocating for their skills and education.  The link to the ePortfolio can be inserted at the top of cover letters, in the signature line at the bottom of emails, and even on a business card. 

 

Teachers obviously hope their courses inspire and reinforce the values of hard work and curiosity.  In a job-seeking capacity, courses go beyond just line-items on a resume under the subheading:  Relevant Coursework.   Courses and their assignments become additional opportunities to meaningfully invest in ideas that develop a student’s sense of professional self, and separate them from those without this demonstrated “professional maturity.”

 

ODU Communication Courses Currently Offering ePortfolios*:

 

COMM 200S Intro to Human Communication

COMM 302  Research Methods   

COMM 303 Introduction to Public Relations

COMM 305  Professional Communication 

COMM 314  Nonverbal Communication 

COMM 315W  Communication Between the Sexes  

COMM 323 Leadership & Events Management  

COMM 333  Persuasion  

COMM 351  Interpersonal Comm in Organizations 

COMM 368  Internship  

COMM 401  Communication Theory 

COMM 494 Entrepreneurship and PR

COMM 495  Topics: Health Communication

COMM 495  Topics: Public Service Campaigns

COMM 495/595 Theme Parks

COMM 601 Lifespan Communication Theory and Research

DANC 416  Modern Dance 

 

*Note:  Once the ePortfolio has been created, any project in

any course could be uploaded by the student as they choose. 

The above courses specifically offer guided assignments,

informal writing exercises, and course credit (points)

for ePortfolio creation and development.

 

 

Examples of Material that Goes into an ODU Communication ePortfolio (varies by Major Concentration, but could include):

 

  • Blog Writing

  • Community Engagement/Experiential Learning

  • Executive Summaries

  • Group Projects

  • Internship Diaries & Reports

  • Journalism

  • Press Releases

  • Professional Commentary & Critique (reactions to current events in field)

  • Reflection Essays

  • Research Proposals & Projects

  • Resume and Personal Statement

  • Social Media Links and Feeds

  • Webcasts (Youtube, Jing, etc.)

  • White Papers

  • Work experience statements

 

All content prepared within this site is available from the Communication ePortfolio Team.
Department of Communication & Theatre Arts, Old Dominion University 
Please do not reproduce or distribute without permission.
COMM eP Coordinator: Dr. Danielle Jackson (d1jackson@odu.edu)
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