As a requirement for being certified as a Distinguished Communicator, you are required to compile a Public Portfolio and a Private Documents Folder. A digital portfolio is a way for you to go beyond the traditional resume presentation and showcase your work and abilities in a dynamic, professional manner.
Your Public Portfolio is a public website that you will design to further your post-graduation goals. It should be directed at a specific audience (e.g., employer or grad school admissions officer)—NOT the CxC staff or your Faculty Advisor. It must showcase your knowledge of the field you are pursuing and your exceptional communication skills. While there are no specific guidelines you must follow in developing your Public Portfolio, you should design your portfolio to achieve a rating of ‘outstanding’ when reviewed using the Final Assessment Rubric.
Your Private Documents Folder is a compilation of electronic files to aid you in your personal reflection. It will also be used internally by your Faculty Advisor and the CxC staff to assess your skills as a candidate for Distinguished Communicator certification. Compile your documents in a Private Documents Folder because you will be required to share this folder with CxC and your Advisor. There are specific guidelines you must follow in creating and naming your private portfolio (see Required Materials for Private Documents Folder) however, that is not the case with your Public Portfolio.
Whether you are working on your public portfolio or compiling your required samples for your private portfolio, here are a few links to assist with the process.
- Public Portfolio – Tips for Building a Better Portfolio
- Past examples of public portfolios
- Website building tools
Private Documents Folder