College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Dept. of Languages eDossier Guidelines

Deadlines for 2014 Fall submission of all eDossiers (for December Graduation)

  • Draft: October 31, 2014
  • Final: November 24, 2014

Deadlines for 2015 Spring submission of all eDossiers (for May AND August Graduation)

  • Draft: March 20, 2015
  • Final: April 17, 2015

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These guidelines apply to all majors in the Department of Languages (Modern Languages, L&IT, All Languages).



Students in the Bachelor of Arts programs in Modern Languages and Language and International Trade are required, as a condition of graduation, to submit a noncredit digital electronic portfolio (eDossier) to document and assess their professional and personal development while at Clemson University.

The objective of the eDossier is to collect, evaluate and present selected material that reflects the academic and personal development while at Clemson University. We recommend utilizing Clemson's Google Docs to gather material in one place. (Go to and upload files in any format.)

The eDossier is the starting point of the job application process, which could potentially be presented to prospective employers. Many companies require the inclusion of such a portfolio. The quality of the ePortfolio thus depends on the student's continuous engagement in collecting and evaluating appropriate material for the eDossier.

An item that a student produces and incorporates in the eDossier is called an artifact, and collection must begin during the first semester at Clemson University, regardless of major. Artifacts can include but are not limited to documents (e.g., text, html, presentations, spreadsheets), audio and video files, photos and images, as well as all multi-media projects and mixed-media. In case students do not have a digital version of their artifact they may scan documents (there are scanners in the library), create audio or video recordings, or take digital photographs. It is important to provide supporting information on all documents (e.g. date, context, relevant course, student's own evaluation, etc.). If possible, original material should be provided. Artifacts that are also applicable to the university's competency requirements must be tagged and linked to one or more general education competencies.

Students need to begin collecting material beginning their first semester at Clemson University. Evaluation, selection and assessment of the eDossier will then take place during the student's final year during LANG 4990 Language Portfolio (2 credit hours).

Departmental eDossier Advisor

Dr. Su-I Chen
Daniel Hall 215
(864) 656-2852

LANG 4990: Language Portfolio

This class will provide assistance in understanding the eDossier process, as well as with the evaluation and selection of academic artifacts. It is intended to give structured guidance in creating eDossiers in both the content and technological areas. In addition to personal work time, students will meet with the Departmental eDossier advisor, the University ePortfolio advisor, the Career Center, and their advisors to aid in the process of creating an effective, individualized eDossier.


The eDossier is evaluated on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment will take place during the student's final year at Clemson through LANG 499 (if the course is not required, the eDossier will be assessed separately). Assessment will be based on completeness of the material (addressing all categories and tagging all relevant competencies) and the demonstration of critical evaluation and selection of material for the eDossier. A reflective essay and a presentation are also required as part of the LANG 499 experience.


Students are encouraged to use the target language as much as possible, but need to keep in mind that certain artifacts exist only in English and should not be translated (e.g., artifacts regarding extracurricular activities, general education, or internships). In general, only original artifacts should be used. Additionally, a potential employer might not be familiar with the target language. Students must always evaluate the usefulness of each artifact in terms of content, language and other factors.

Content Requirements for the eDossier

  1. Portfolio Welcome Page (list name, major(s), and minor) with a video in the target language and, optionally, one in English
  2. The Student's current resume (and, optionally, an application cover letter) 
    **in English AND the target language (2 resumes and, optionally, 2 cover letters, total)
    **include job or graduate school objectives
  3. Documentation of course work in the student's major (address all applicable items)
    1. Years of language-oriented instruction (e.g., courses that stress grammar, vocabulary acquisition, speaking, and writing activities); conversation courses and CLIP program (if applicable); indicate any other background in the target language (e.g., exposure to the target language before coming to Clemson University, in extracurricular settings, visits abroad, internships, residing in a bilingual household, etc.)
    2. Culture and literature courses (including also film, etc.) in the target language at the university level—list course numbers and specific topics (especially if the transcript only states something like "Studies in Culture"); include courses taken at Clemson, in the U.S., and abroad (if applicable) and briefly evaluate the usefulness of each course
    3. Business courses (L&IT majors): List all business courses required for your major and briefly evaluate the usefulness of each course
    4. Minor requirement: list all courses at the university level fulfilling your minor requirement; include courses taken in the U.S. and abroad (if applicable) and briefly evaluate the usefulness of each course
    5. List all other courses taken in English that you feel are applicable to your major (e.g. humanities and social science courses) and briefly evaluate the usefulness of each course
    6. List all other courses that you feel have been significant for your university education (include electives, Creative Inquiry, LANG and Cultural Inquiry courses) and briefly evaluate the usefulness of each course
    7. Double and dual majors (including previous majors and undeclared): include any relevant information that reflects personal development and academic progress outside of your Modern Language major
  4. Samples of course work (AT LEAST 2 DOCUMENTS for each category to demonstrate your linguistic proficiency, cultural/literature/humanities competency and, for L&IT majors only, business competency)
    1. Research papers and essays written in the target language (you may include final papers, take-home assignments, etc.)
    2. The text or an outline of an oral presentation, PowerPoint or similar presentation, posters, reports, etc.
    3. A multimedia project, podcast, video, or other type of project using technology
    4. Information related to Creative Inquiry projects
    5. Other documents applicable to your major (e.g., any assignment written in English)
  5. Documentation of extra-curricular activities (one document for each if applicable)
    1. Undergraduate research projects or senior thesis
    2. Activities in a language club
    3. Participation in a language department play
    4. Service learning
    5. Performances, concerts, lectures, etc. you attended
  6. Study Abroad
    1. Provide a short report (2 to 2 ½ pages): include information about the specific program, its location, and the time spent abroad; reflect on your original objectives to study abroad and your actual experience (you may also add a journal or culture portfolio reflecting your abroad experience)
    2. Present information on a specific course or activities that you found particularly rewarding and instructive.
    3. Include information about internships if applicable
  7. Internship (for L&IT majors)
    1. Provide a report on your experiences: this should be an original composition
    2. Include information about the specific institute(s), location(s), and time spent for the internship
    3. Attach a copy of your internship report (L&IT400).
  8. (Optional) Future plans to be written in the target language (e.g., graduate studies, employment objectives) This should be different from the English version supplied in Section B; here you should comment on how you view your transition from undergraduate learning to graduate study or a professional career; optional: include a paragraph on the role you expect the target language to play in your future. 1 to 1.5 pages.
  9. (Optional) Awards, scholarships, travel grants, etc. (if applicable)—list name, donor or organization and date of recognition received during your academic experience.
  10. (Optional) Other - Include also any other artifacts and information not included in the categories above that you regard as important for this portfolio (optional, limit to four documents)

eDossier Content requirements checklist:

1. Home page: an introduction and a biographical video in the target language (with another one in English optionally)

2. Resume: one in English and one in the Target Language

3. Documentation of course work

4. Samples of course work (2 samples for each category)

L&IT: Linguistic Proficiency, Culture/Literature Competency, Business Competency

Modern Languages: Linguistic Proficiency, Culture Competency, Literature/Humanities Competency

5. Study Abroad: a reflective essay, preferably with images, links, multimedia, videos, etc

6. Internship: a report on the experience and the L&IT400 report

7. Outreach Activities

8. (optional) Future Plan

9. (optional) Other (Individualization)

Also see the following site for information and samples:

(Last updated Summer 2014)