The purpose of an ePortfolio is to enable students to manage their digital identity. Throughout your time as a student you will amass many digital assets whether those are papers, blog posts, multimedia projects, or other means of digital scholarship. Your ePortfolio can act as both a digital archive to preserve your work and a web portfolio to share with your current professors and with potential graduate schools or employers.
Blackboard's Portfolio tool makes it easy for you to create an ePortfolio that can be shared with your classmates, instructors, or even outside of Loyola. Blackboard provides tutorials on creating your ePortfolio, and Northern Illinois University also has a handy Quick Guide.
The advantages of using Blackboard (Bb) for your ePortfolio are the ability to:
To get to your Portfolio space, login to Blackboard, click "Tools" on the left, then "Portfolios." This will bring you to "My Portfolios," where you can create, edit, share, and delete your Portfolios.
Once your Portfolio is created, you can edit it by going to the the My Portfolios page and clicking Edit.
Once your Portfolio is created, you need to setup your overall organization. Bb Portfolios are made up of Sections, Pages, Descriptions, and Artifacts.
Each Page and Section you create will be added to your navigational menu:
Within the Sections of your Portfolio you can also add:
Edit any part of a Section by clicking where you want to edit (section title, Content, or Add Artifact)
Edit the Content in the text box and click "Add Artifact" to upload documents. You can upload multiple Artifacts to a single Section.
Click Save at the bottom right when you're finished.
You can either upload artifacts you have saved on your computer, or select artifacts you've turned in through your Bb courses.
To upload from your computer, select Personal Artifact. Enter a Title, Description, and/or Content. Then click Browse My Computer, navigate to your file, and click Submit.
To attach an artifact from a Bb course, select Add From Course. A menu of all of your Bb courses will appear on the left. Locate the relevant course, select the radio button for it, and then find your assignment in the window on the right side. Click the checkbox next to the assignment you want to add. Once you've selected the assignment, click Submit.
At any time, change the order of your Pages and Sections by moving them around in the Navigation Menu on the left.
To see what your Portfolio looks like so far, click Preview and Customize. To change the visual layout of the Portfolio, click Customize Style at the top left of the screen. Play around with different Layout and Color options until you’re happy with what your Portfolio looks like.
To submit your Portfolio as coursework, go to the appropriate course within Bb and navigate to the Portfolio assignment. Click Browse. In the pop-up window, select your portfolio. Click the Submit button to close the pop-up window. Click the Submit button again on the Assignment page.
To send your Portfolio to someone, go to the My Portfolios page, click More on the portfolio you want to share, and select Share. Hover your cursor over Share a Snapshot With and select a user type.
Note: Any time you share your Portfolio, whether through a course or by sending to an individual, you are only sharing a snapshot. Your viewer will not see any changes you make after you have shared the Portfolio. Make sure your Portfolio is complete before sharing.