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About ePortfolio

ePortfolio is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on, and sharing items that represent your learning over one course, several courses, or your entire major coursework. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. You decide what items you want to include in your portfolio, how you want to organize and present them, and who you want to share them with. When you share items with your peers, instructors, potential employers, etc. you can give them permission to view items, edit items, see or add comments, and see or add assessments, depending on what type of feedback you want.

 

ePortfolio Help Topics

Dashboard
My Items (creating/managing artifacts, reflections, presentations, and collections)
Sharing Items
Importing and Exporting Items

 

Access ePortfolio

Click on ePortfolio on the My Home navigation bar.

Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first page you come to when you enter ePortfolio. The Dashboard is a central area for managing your ePortfolio preferences, getting updates, and searching for items. Your dashboard makes it easy to quickly review changes to portfolio items you've recently worked on and to check for invites to view portfolio items from your peers.

Dashboard areas

Your dashboard is divided into a number of customizable areas that provide a snapshot of your portfolio activity. You may change your dashboard settings so that all or some of the following areas are displayed.

  • Newsfeed This is the main content area for the dashboard. Any of your items that have been recently viewed, edited, commented on, or assessed appear in this area.
  • Unread Invites This widget displays your recent invites, including the author of the invite, the message content. and the associated portfolio item.
  • My Items Recently Viewed by Others This widget shows which items in your portfolio have been recently viewed and who last viewed the item and when.
  • Others' Items I Have Viewed This widget allows you to track changes to others’ portfolio items that you have contributed to. Whenever you contribute a comment, an edit, or an assessment to another user's portfolio item, the item is tracked in this widget and you can see what contributions others are making.
  • My Recently Modified Items This widget shows a list of items that you have recently edited in your own portfolio, providing a quick way to return to active projects.

Changing your settings

The Settings area of the Dashboard lets you change display options and preferences for your portfolio.

  1. Click Settings on the top tool menu of your dashboard.
  2. Adjust settings as desired:
    Setting Description
    Dashboard Date Range Select how many days worth of past activity you want to show in your news feed.
    Newsfeed Display Options: Number of Items Select how many news feed items to display on the dashboard.
    Newsfeed Display Options: Events Per Item Select how many events (comments, assessments, reflections, edits) to display per item in the news feed before displaying a link to show more items.
    Newsfeed Display Options: My Modifications Select whether you want to show an update in your news feed when you create or edit an item in your own portfolio.
    Widget Display Options: Unread Invites Select whether the Unread Invites widget is displayed on the dashboard, its sort order, and how many items to display in the widget.
    Widget Display Options: My Items Recently Viewed by Others Select whether the My Items Recently Viewed by Others widget is displayed on the dashboard, its sort order, and how many items to display in the widget.
    Widget Display Options: Others' Items I Have Viewed Select whether the Others' Items I Have Viewed widget is displayed on the dashboard, its sort order, and how many items to display in the widget.
    Widget Display Options: My Recently Modified Items Select whether the My Recently Modified Items widget is displayed on the dashboard, its sort order, and how many items to display in the widget.
    Default Settings: Allow comments on reflections, artifacts, collections and presentations by default

    Select whether the options to allow comments is selected by default when creating new items.

    Note This setting enables commenting, you still need to set permissions around who can add comments.

    Default Settings: Allow assessments on artifacts, collections and presentations by default

    Select whether the option to allow assessments is selected by default when creating new items.

    Note This setting enables assessments, you still need to set permissions around who can add assessments.

    Invite Delivery Method: Email Invitation

    Select the Email Invitation option if you want to receive an email when others invite you to view their portfolio.

    Note  A copy of the invite is always added to your Invites page.

    Default Sharing Settings: Default Sharing Group

    Select a default sharing group to apply to all new items in your portfolio that meet your filter criteria. Only use this option if you consistently share new items with the same group of users.

    Default Sharing Settings: Type Filter Select which types of items to automatically share with the default sharing group.
    Default Sharing Settings: Tag Filter

    Restrict sharing with the default sharing group to items that use specific tags.

    Tip  Using a tag filter for a default sharing group allows you to quickly share items by adding a tag.

Checking your invites

When you receive an invite from another user to view an item in their portfolio, the invite is stored in the Invites area. You may also receive an email informing you of the invite, see the invite in your Unread Invites dashboard widget, or subscribe to the Unread Invites RSS feed.

The invite lets you know who shared the item with you, when it was shared, what type of item it is, and any description or tags that were added to it. The sender may also include a personalized message letting you know why they shared the item.

  1. Click Invites in the top tool menu of your dashboard.
  2. Click the subject of the invite.

     

Subscribing to an RSS feed

RSS feeds allow you to receive external notifications when changes occur in your portfolio. There are two RSS feeds that you can subscribe to:

  • Feedback RSS Notifies you when edits, comments, or assessments are made to one of your portfolio items (does not include changes that you make yourself).
  • Invite RSS Notifies you when you receive a new invite to view another user's portfolio item.

To use the RSS feeds you must subscribe to an external RSS reader. There are many free RSS readers, such as Live Bookmarks and Google Reader, available on the internet.

  1. From the Dashboard, click the Subscribe to Feedback RSS or Subscribe to Invite RSS icon.
  2. Follow the appropriate steps for adding the feed to the reader of your choice.

Searching for items from your dashboard

The Dashboard allows you to search your entire portfolio (all item types at once) for an item. When you locate the item, you can open, edit, tag, or delete it. Advanced search options are available to help narrow your search.

  1. Click Search in the top tool menu of the Dashboard area.
  2. Enter your search criteria, and click Search.

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