The capstone project for the NSC program is an ePortfolio that combines a student's science communication work with reflections on their identity as a science communicator. The ePortfolio highlights a student's ability to communicate effectively across disciplines, audience, and genres, and it will be assessed by a committee as the final NSC requirement.
The NSC ePortfolio includes four main elements:
- A cohesive and engaging cover letter that describes the student’s identity as a science communicator, demonstrates their learning about science communication, and provides a framework for viewing the ePortfolio.
- Carefully curated examples of work, or artifacts, that provide evidence for learning. Artifacts should represent a variety of genres and modes, and they can be drawn from any curricular or co-curricular work done while at Stanford. NSC ePortfolios typically have 6-12 artifacts.
- Additional reflections that contextualize artifacts and expand on the overall message about learning presented in the cover letter. Reflections should accompany all individual artifacts, and some students choose to include additional reflections on artifact groupings or on their future goals.
- Purposeful design with a clear site architecture and thoughtful visual rhetoric that supports the student’s overall message about their identity and learning. Most students build their ePortfolios using the online tool Digication, though students can petition to use other platforms as needed.