ePortfolio is a tool for storing, organizing, reflecting, and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, images, audio or videos, presentations, course work, etc. to commemorate your improvement in your studies or proficiency in a certain area. You decide what you put in your ePortfolio, how you want it organized, and who you want to share with.
You can create artifacts (individual items), collections (groups of related items), reflections (thoughts about your learning), and presentations (private websites showcasing your achievements). You also have the ability to share with others by giving them permission to view, comment on, assess and edit.
This page is intended to walk you through how to navigate and use some basic ePortfolio features. Specifically, it will cover adding items to your ePortfolio, creating collections and presentations basics.
For additional training, check out this ePortfolio for Learners YouTube playlist created by D2L.
Click on the ePortfolio link on any eLearn page, in the main navbar.
Adding Items to ePortfolio
On the My Items Screen, you can view everything you've uploaded to ePortfolio. To get started adding items, click the "+Add" button. "+Add" lets you add different types of artifacts such as links, files, or reflections.
Artifacts are files that you upload, such as PDF or an image. You can add files by clicking on the +Add button and choosing File Upload.
Collections are how you organize your files within the ePortfolio tool. It is a personal tool that is not made public. Click on the New Collection button to create.
Presentations are the tool you use to collect and display artifacts and reflections. This is how you would create a public ePortfolio. The next page has details of how to create. Click on the New Presentation button to create.
Reflections are small pieces of writing. They are not linked to anything else in D2L even if you create a reflection when viewing a piece of content. Click on the +Add button to create.
Creating a Presentation
Start by clicking on the New Presentation button, as seen on the front page. This will bring you to the Properties tab of your new presentation. Add a name to your presentation, then look to the tabs at the top of the page. Banner is the title and heading on your presentation. Theme is the package of visual elements, such as color and banner image. Click on Content/Layout to build.
View Presentation allows you to see how the ﬁnal presentation is coming together. Use it at any stage of your Presentation creation.
Pages is how you navigate through a presentation. If you’d like your ePortfolio’s navigation on the top or the other side, click on Edit Presentation Navigation. Pages are like website pages. To create new pages, click on the white page icon. The green arrows icon allows you to reorder the pages. To rename a page, click on the little drop down menu beside the name of the page, as seen below. The Page Properties allows you to rename the page.
Add Component is how you add an ePortfolio item to your presentation. Choose the type of content you wish to add on the pop up, then you can select the item. You must first add an item to your ePortfolio before you can add it to a presentation.
Submitting ePortfolio items to a Dropbox
Once you have created a reflection or complete Presentation, you can hand it into a dropbox for a particular course. Start by opening up the dropbox and finding the Add a File button.
In the window that appears, click on ePortfolio then select the single item you which to attach. Click on the radio button beside the name of the ePortfolio item, and then the blue Select Item button on the bottom of the window. If you need to hand in more than one file, you will have to select each one individually.
Export a presentation in HTML format
If you have the appropriate permissions, you can export presentations to HTML format directly from a presentation's context menu.
Exporting your presentation to HTML format enables you to keep a copy of your presentation in a viewable format external to the system. This is useful if you change institutions and you don't want to lose your work. Once you export your presentation to HTML, you can host it externally on your own website or save it on your computer to view offline.
You cannot import an HTML presentation back into Brightspace ePortfolio.
- On the navbar, click ePortfolio.
- On the My Items page, from the context menu of the presentation you want to export, click Export.
- Select Export HTML version of presentation. To include links to pages within the system, select the All system links check box. Links to pages within the system require users to log in to the system and have the appropriate permissions.
- Click Next.
- In the Download File dialog that displays, click the link for your exported package.
- Save the file to your desktop.
Desire2Learn (D2L), the company that created eLearn and ePortfolio, has set up a site [mydesire2learn.com (new window)] that to host your ePortfolios once you've left the college. They provide 2GB of storage for your ePortfolio for life. All you need to do is set up an account, then follow the steps to import your ePortfolio.
- Enter in your username and password. Then click on the Log In button.
- Once you've logged in, you'll notice the interface is very similar to the ePortfolio interface within D2L. Click on "My Items". then "More Actions", and then "Go to Import/Export page".
- Click on "Import" from the Import/Export page
- Click on "Choose File", browse to your file on your computer and select it, then click on "Save".
- Click on "Next."
- The Import Preview screen will open. Verify the items to import. If you'd like to remove an artifact, click on the red X for that artifact. You can also add "tags" for the items you're importing. Tags are words you associate with an object to make items easier to find. You can search for items with specific tags, and other users can use your tags to search for items.
- To make a multiple-word tag, place double quotes around the entire phrase. For example: typing "winter project" makes the two words a single tag.
- To make a private tag that only you can see, type an @ symbol in front of the tag. For example: typing @draft adds a private @draft tag to an item that other users will not see when you share the item with them.
- To make a private multiple-word tag, put the at symbol before the quotation marks, for example: @"rough draft". Click on "Import" at the bottom of the screen when you're happy with the preview and tag settings.
- Click "Done" on the following page.
- The "Recent Activity" page will appear. Your imported items should now be on myDesire2Learn.com. Click on "My Items" to view your ePortfolio artifacts.
- Lastly, you should make your ePortfolio webpage accessible to anyone with the link so that you can share this with your future employers. To do that, use the small arrow to the right of the presentation title, and select "Share."
- Check the box that will allow your presentation link to be public: **This URL is what you will share with future employers.