Canvas (myCourses): Chalk & Wire

What is an ePortfolio?

An ePortfolio is an electronic collection of evidence that portrays your learning journey over time. It will consist of information about yourself, your professional history and your academic achievements.

Currently, GSC supports Chalk & Wire for ePortfolios for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs. If you are required to use the ePortfolio for one of your courses see information below about activating your account, accessing your ePortfolio, and getting help.

To Purchase your Subscription

  1. Go to GSC’s Bookstore
  2. Follow instructions for ordering your books for courses in which you are registered.
  3. The Chalk & Wire access code will appear as one of the required resources, titled: "ePortfolio with Chalk & Wire." Choose either the 1 or 2 year option, depending on the length of your program. Please do not purchase both.
    1. You will only need to purchase a subscription to Chalk & Wire once for all your courses. Once your subscription has expired, you will need to renew it at that time.
  4. Upon purchasing, the access code package will be physically shipped to the address provided at check-out. Please allow 3-7 business days for delivery.  Contact the bookstore if it's been more than 7 business days at 603-358-2652.   
  5. You will need this code when you first log in to Chalk & Wire. It is recommended to hold activating the access code until closer to the start of courses to avoid expiration date countdown.
  6. All upcoming assignments will appear in Chalk & Wire after activating and then clicking on the first ePortfolio assignment in your course.


Q. What is an e-portfolio and why do I need one?

A. Your e-portfolio is a record of your growth as an emerging professional in your chosen field. It will include a combination of artifacts (papers, products, projects, etc.) and personal reflection that you created in your Granite State College graduate program. See the Assessment of Student Learning and Competency Assessment for more information on assessing and grading these artifacts.

Q. Do all graduate program students need to purchase an e-portfolio subscription?

A. Yes, Chalk & Wire subscriptions are required for all graduate students. Even certificate and non-degree students in that program need to purchase it.

Q. What kind of e-portfolio do I need?

A. GSC uses its own e-portfolio system called Chalk & Wire, which is integrated into your Canvas course activities. You do not need to create a programmatic e-portfolio on your own. 

Q. Help! I need technical support for Chalk & Wire?

A. Our IT Team created helpful Chalk & Wire Tutorials and Guides, which include more detail on setting up your account, completing your initial activity, sharing your portfolio, and more. If you have additional technical questions, contact Chalk & Wire Support.

Q. How do I get my Chalk & Wire account? 

A. Your Chalk & Wire subscription will be added to your course book purchase at the GSC bookstore. You only need to purchase ONE subscription to cover your needs for your entire graduate studies program. Your subscription lasts for two years.

Q. What am I supposed to put in my e-portfolio? 

A. Each course will include e-portfolio activities that will explain what you need to do. You will do your work within your Chalk & Wire e-portfolio account, and then submit your work to your instructor. Please refer to the Start-up Guides for instructions on how to do each of these tasks.

Q. How do I turn in e-portfolio assignments? 

A. The only way to submit an assignment in Chalk & Wire is by clicking on the assignment link in your courses, completing the assignments in your Chalk & Wire account, and then submitting it to your instructor within Chalk & Wire. 

All Chalk & Wire assignment pages include a Submit button on the upper left side of each assignment page. Use the Submit button according to the instructions in the Chalk & Wire Tutorials and Guides. You do not need to email your assignments to your instructor or send them a separate notification that you have submitted your work.

All assignments in Chalk & Wire are to be submitted to your instructor as the Assessor, unless you have been explicitly directed to submit to someone else. Your instructor will receive a notification to review your work. You will be notified by email when your work has been assessed.

Q. Who is looking at my e-portfolio? 

A. Your e-portfolio work is 100% private, according to FERPA compliance. Not even your instructors can see your work until you submit it to them. For those in the MS programs when you reach your Integrative Capstone course, you will share your e-portfolio with your Capstone Advisor. If you choose, you may share your e-portfolio with others by sending them a secure share link - but that is optional and solely up to your discretion.

Q. Can I still access my e-portfolio after it expires?

A. You can continue to access your e-portfolio at no additional cost once the account has expired, but with limited functionality. If your account expires you will still be able to:

  • Download your existing files.
  • Download clean, paginated PDF versions of any ePortfolio.
  • Download HTML website versions of any ePortfolio complete with a visual theme and navigation for local use or placement on other websites.
  • Link your ePortfolios automatically to email and social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Securely share your ePortfolios with anyone for comment and review.

If your account expires while you are still an active student at GSC, you will be required to renew your account in order to continue uploading and submitting from a full-featured version of Chalk & Wire.  See instructions below for renewing your account.

Q. What if my access code expires, how do I renew it?

A. Your Chalk & Wire account lasts for the length of time indicated in your purchase (Example: 1 or 2 years), beginning on the date you activate it. When your account is near expiring or expires, you can renew it by purchasing another access code at the GSC Bookstore, under any graduate course. The expiration date is located by clicking your name on the top left of your Chalk & Wire account homepage.

Q. What happens after I graduate and no longer have access to the GSC Moodle site?  

A.  You may continue using your account after graduating until the account expires by going to the external Chalk & Wire login using the password you established when you first activated your account. (Tip: you may have set the same password you used for logging into your online courses.). If it does not work, contact Chalk & Wire support (look on the upper right corner for the phone number and email address).

If you need to renew your account so you are able to upload new content, see instructions above for renewing your account.

A. Chalk & Wire Access After GSC.pdf which explains how you can retain access instructions after graduating.

Activate Your Account

Activate your Chalk & Wire Account

  1. Once you have purchased your subscription, log into your course in Canvas.
  2. Look for the Chalk & Wire dashboard link in the General Information & Resources area. See image below.

  1. Click the Chalk & Wire dashboard link and you will be taken to the activiation panel. Follow the instructions in this documentation. Chalk and Wire User Guide - Student Registration
  2. Once registered, return to your course in Canvas and click your e-portfolio links to access your assignments.


Your programmatic ePortfolio, with all your graduate ePortfolio assignments and competencies, is generated automatically as you click on an ePortfolio activity in your course beginning with “ePortfolio […]”.

You do not need to create a new ePortfolio from scratch for any of your courses except for your final Capstone course. You will be provided separate instructions for creating a Capstone ePortfolio once you begin your Capstone course.


Chalk & Wire Tutorials and Guides

Below are some PDF guides, demonstration videos, and practice simulations to show you how to do basic tasks in Chalk & Wire.

Guides for instructors are below the guides for students.


"Please note that if you have any questions about e-portfolio assignments or the e-portfolio component of your overall graduate studies experience, please contact your instructor first.

If you are having any difficulties activating or accessing your Chalk & Wire e-portfolio account or trouble accessing assignments through Canvas, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Startup Guides for Students

Chalk & Wire Startup Guide - For Students - This PDF explains how to purchase your subscription, activate it, add content to an activity, and submit it for assessment.

How to use Turnitin in Chalk & Wire - For students and faculty - This PDF illustrates how to check uploaded files for originality within a Chalk & Wire e-portfolio assignment.

How to complete the My Profile activity - An illustrated guide for completing the My Profile activity, including how to generate a Share URL.

How to create your Capstone e-portfolio - Be sure to follow these guidelines for creating your Capstone e-portfolio. Otherwise, you may have difficulty submitting it for final assessment.

How to import content into your Capstone e-portfolio from another portfolio - This is handy if you want to import content from your programmatic e-portfolio into your Capstone e-portfolio.

How to customize your Capstone e-portfolio - Customizing your e-portfolio is not required, but you might want it to personalize it. This illustrated guide will show you how.

How to share an e-portfolio - Note that sharing your e-portfolio is like sending someone a website link for them to view your content. This is NOT for submitting your work for assessment.


Startup Guides for Instructors

How to view Chalk & Wire activities - If you would like to see what is inside a Chalk & Wire activity, this is how you locate it and view its content. This is NOT for assessing a submitted assignment.

How to do a Chalk & Wire assessment - An illustrated guide for assessing a submitted assignment in Chalk & Wire.



Article ID: 2308
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