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Last modified on 05/02/2017 4:14 pm CDT

ePortfolio is a repository for digital artifacts that represent your learning. You may upload or create artifacts on any number of topics and at any stage of completion. An artifact may be a document, graphic, audio file, video file, presentation, or other form of digital media. You may upload files from a personal computer or storage device; import items from a course; link to a website; create an HTML file; fill out a form created by your institution; or record an audio file directly within ePortfolio.

Instead of viewing your artifacts as complete examples, consider them as ongoing projects and continuously revise them as you develop new skills and understandings. This way your portfolio is a true reflection of your skills and achievements.

Upload a file

Upload files from your computer, personal storage device, or Learning Environment locker area that demonstrate your improvement or mastery in an area of interest.

  1. Select File from computer from the Upload dropdown.
  2. Browse for the file you want to add.
  3. Click Upload.
  4. Confirm that you selected the correct file, then click Next.
  5. Give the file a name and description.
  6. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  7. Click Save.

HINT: Consider compressing large media files before you upload them to save space in your ePortfolio. Full resolution files are not usually necessary for display on the web.

Create an HTML file

ePortfolio provides the option to create HTML artifacts using a simple HTML Editor. HTML files may contain formatted text, images, videos, audio files, and links to content in Learning Environment.

  1. Select HTML File from the New dropdown.
  2. Enter the file name you want the file to be stored as.
  3. Use the HTML Editor to add your content.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter the name you want to display for the file and a description.
  6. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  7. Click Save.

Link to a web address

If you want to include an existing website as an artifact in your portfolio, you can reference the address (URL) for the site rather than uploading files.

  1. Select LInk from the New dropdown.
  2. Enter the name you want the URL to be stored as.
  3. Enter the URL (web address).
  4. Enter a description of the site or its significance.
  5. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  6. Click Save.

Import course content as an artifact

Track your progress over time by including your course work in your ePortfolio. You may then review your work at any point in the future and compare it to other assignments and courses. You can also add course content artifacts to your ePortfolio directly from your courses. Click Add to ePortfolio while viewing grades, competencies, quiz results, or dropbox folder feedback.

NOTE: If you import quiz or dropbox folder results into your ePortfolio, any learning objectives associated with the quiz or dropbox folder also import into your ePortfolio pre-associated with your course content artifacts.

  1. Select Course results from the Upload dropdown.
  2. Click the name of the course you want to import results from.
  3. Select the items you want to import, then click Next.
  4. Enter a name and description for each item.
  5. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  6. Click Save.

HINT: Click the Apply Tags to All Artifacts button to add a set of tags to all items on the page.

Fill out a form

Forms are templates created by your institution or course leaders that you fill out. Forms collect information using a set of question fields.

  1. Select Form Response from the New dropdown.
  2. Click the name of the form you want to fill out.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. In the Artifact Details area provide a name and description unique to this form entry.
  5. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  6. Click Save.

You can record audio directly within ePortfolio, rather than pre-recording audio on your computer and uploading it as a file.

  1. Select Audio Recording from the New dropdown.
  2. Ensure your microphone is set up correctly and click Record. You can also:
    • Click Flash Settings to make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume.
    • Click Play to listen to your recording.
    • Click Clear to erase your recording.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Give the file a name and description.
  5. Add any tags you want the artifact to have.
  6. Click Save.

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