Setting Up Blackboard ePortfolios for Instructors/Leaders (How-to)

What Are ePortfolios?

Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format.

Administrators can create templates for portfolios. Portfolio templates define the structure and style of portfolios, leaving it to users to populate the portfolio with appropriate artifacts. Templates are useful for applying a standard structure to ensure that user portfolios meet the educational goals for the portfolio.

When creating portfolios, users can select a previously designed template so they have a starting point.

Are You Ready to Build an ePortfolio Template?

Do you have the instructions for creating the portfolio outlined?  The creation of a portfolio template requires that you have already done the design of what items should be included in the ePortfolio.  Please submit your outline to the LMS system administrator by scheduling a Blackboard Consultation to help you develop the template in Blackboard. 

ePortfolio Recipient Preparation: Availability on User Directory

If you are a planned recipient for shared ePortfolios and a Drake faculty, staff, or student, you will need to be discoverable as a user.

  1. From the Blackboard Homepage, click on Personal Information.  
  2. Select Set Privacy Options.
  3. Under the Directory Status area, click the check box beside List my information in the User Directory.
  4. Submit.

Provide Users Instructions for ePortfolio Completion

Please include instructions when informing your portfolio users of how to complete ePortfolio projects

Provide Instructions for Sharing or Submitting ePortfolio Snapshots

Students are Required to use the My Portfolio Page to Share

If the recipient has made themselves discoverable in the User Directory, users can share ePortfolios to Users.

If the recipient has not made themselves discoverable or is outside of the university, users can share ePortfolios to External users which generates and email to the recipient, but does not allow the recipient to keep a copy of the snapshot in their Shared with Me file location of the ePortfolios.

Users will need to know which options for sharing to be used for ePortfolios for coursework or other institutional requirements. Please review the Sharing Instructions and Options and provide information to your ePortfolio users. 

Students are Required to use a Course Assignment for Submission

When creating the assignment in Blackboard, Edit the assignment and adjust the Submission Details to receive a Portfolio Submission.  This will require students to submit a portfolio as a response to this assignment.  


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