NOTE: Some features of the Blackboard Portfolio tool do not display properly when using the Internet Explorer web browser. Please ensure that you are using an alternative browser, such Firefox or Chrome, when working with Blackboard Portfolios.

How can I access my portfolios?

The My Portfolios page is your starting point to create, edit and view your portfolios. You can access the My Portfolios page from the Global Navigation Menu (where your name appears at the top right of your Blackboard Learn page). Click on your name to open the drop down menu and then select Tools > Portfolios.

Your Instructor may have also provided a link to the My Portfolio area from directly within your Blackboard module. To access your portfolios area in this way click on the Portfolios Homepage link.

How do I create a Blackboard portfolio?

On the My Portfolios page, click on Create Portfolio.

Firstly, you need to create a shell for the portfolio. This includes a name and description. After creating the shell, you can structure the portfolio and add pages and content. 

Your instructor may have given you advice on what they would like you to include and may also have set up a template that they would like you to use as the basis of your portfolio. This is often the case if the portfolio will form part of your assessment.

To create a portfolio using a template, whilst on the Create Portfolio page click on the Select Portfolio Template button and select the appropriate template from the list and click Submit.

You will be returned to the Create Portfolio screen and you will see that your template choice has been added. Click on Submit to create your portfolio. 

The first time you create a portfolio, you have the option of taking a brief guided tour of the portfolio authoring canvas. 

If you choose to skip the tour, you can access it later by clicking on the compass icon in the top right corner of the portfolio canvas screen.

How do I edit my portfolio?

A portfolio consists of pages and sections. Pages provide structure to the portfolio. Each page must have at least one section. If you are using a template, your portfolio will have already been created with pages and sections for you to populate.

The menu on the left of the screen shows all of the portfolio's pages and sections, which you can use to manage them. Use the drag-and-drop function arrows to rearrange pages and sections in the menu.

Click on the plus icons (+) to add pages and sections. To delete, click on the rubbish bin icon to the right of a page or section. Please be aware that deleting a page also deletes all of the sections and content on that page. Artefacts associated with a section remain in the My Artefacts repository, and you can reuse them.

You can edit your portfolio wherever you see the pencil icon. Select the pencil icon next to an item that you want to edit. Add new content or edit your current content, then click Save when done. 

When you have completely finished your editing session click on Done Editing in the top right corner of the screen to exit the portfolio canvas and save all your changes.

Note: Be careful when editing a portfolio created from a template as your instructor will have pre-determined the pages and sections (and possibly the theme and layout) that they would like you to include.

What is an Artefact and how do I create one?

Artefacts are reusable content items which you will use to add content to your portfolio. Artefacts link to items that you have uploaded as evidence of your work, knowledge, and skills. Personal artefacts can consist of various types of digital items that you choose to upload – text, files, web links and multimedia, for example.

You can create your artefacts ahead of time in the My Artefacts repository so that they are available to use in your future portfolios. You can also create them during the portfolio creation process. The artefacts are still stored automatically in the My Artefacts repository for you to be able to reuse them in other portfolios.

To create a personal artefact, from the My Portfolios page click on My Artefacts to go to the repository area.

On the My Artefacts page, click Edit Personal Artefact.

Provide a title, description and content for the artefact. In this example, a C.V. artefact is being created in order to demonstrate this person’s work experience. The description is visible only to you as the artefact owner. Click on Browse My Computer to find the file you want to upload from your PC. Click Submit to save your artefact to your repository. 

As you add more artefacts you will see them listed on your My Artefacts page, providing a repository of items that can then be added into multiple portfolios.

How do I add an artefact to my portfolio?

To add a new artefact to a section within your portfolio, click on Edit Artefact within that section. From here you can choose to add a brand new artefact by clicking on Add Personal Artefact.

Provide a title, description and browse for the file you want to upload. Click Submit.

The new artefact will be attached to that section of your portfolio and will also be added to your repository in My Artefacts.

Alternatively, you can choose to add an artefact that you have already uploaded to your repository. In this instance, when you click on Edit Artefact, select an artefact from the list of previously created items. Click Submit.

As well as adding artefacts you can also type directly into the text boxes. However please be aware that the formatting options within the text editor are only basic. Typically, you would add artefacts to a section and use the content editor to reflect on those artefacts.

Click where it says Click here to add content in order to access the text editor for that particular section. 

You will be presented with a text editor. Add your text, format as necessary and then click Save.

How do I view my existing portfolios?

To view a portfolio that you have already created, go to the My Portfolios page then select View underneath the title of the portfolio you wish to see.

Your portfolio will be displayed in presentation view. This is how others will see your portfolio. Click Close when you have finished viewing your portfolio.

From this view you can customise some basic elements of the way your portfolio looks. Click on Customise Style and select your preferred Layout and Colour from the drop down menus that appear. Click Save to keep your changes.

Click Close when you have finished viewing your portfolio.

Note: If your instructor has provided a template for you to use in order to construct your portfolio they may not want you to customise its presentation, so please check before doing so.

How can I share my portfolio?

You can share your portfolio with other people both inside and outside of UEA, so that they can view your work. Each time you share a portfolio with others, you create a static snapshot of that portfolio at that point in time. What is shared is that static snapshot. If you make edits that you want to share, you need to share the portfolio again.

To share a snapshot of your portfolio, go to your My Portfolios page and select More underneath a portfolio's name then select Share

Click on Share a Snapshot with and select one of the user types. 

Use the following table to determine which sharing option to choose.

If you want to share your portfolio with a friend or instructor at UEA, select Users from the drop down menu options. Click Browse to search for the person by name. Check the box next to the person’s name and click Submit to insert their username and return to the Share with User page. Check the box to send an email to let the person know that you are sharing your portfolio with them, then click Submit.

Your portfolio has now been shared and an email notification sent.

Note: Please be aware that you must remove the previous snapshot you shared with a person in order to be able to share an updated snapshot with them.

How do I view portfolios shared with me?

If someone within UEA has shared their portfolio with you this can be accessed from your My Portfolio area and selecting Shared with Me then clicking on the title of the portfolio you want to view.

Can my portfolio be used for assessment?

Yes, but only if your instructor has set up this feature. If your instructor has created a portfolio assignment follow these steps to submit your portfolio for assessment:

Within your module, click on the title of the portfolio assignment submission point that your instructor has created. Please note that if the assessment is summative the title of the submission point may instead look like your module code in curly braces rather than a standard text title.

Click on the Select Portfolio button to choose which of your portfolios you want to submit for this assessment.

Select your portfolio from the list and then click Submit

This will attach your portfolio to the submission point.

If you have an SpLD, please ensure that you make a note of this in the Comments text box so that your marker will be made aware. When you have finished, click Submit.

Your portfolio has been submitted for marking and you will be presented with your submission history page as confirmation.

Note: Unless your instructor has specifically set up your submission point to allow multiple attempts you will only have one opportunity to submit your work so you must ensure that your portfolio is complete before submitting it for marking.

Can I take my portfolio with me when I leave?

Yes, you can download a copy of your portfolio as a .zip file.

Click on the More option underneath the title of the portfolio that you want to download. Select Download from the pop out menu and then Click to download Portfolio.

You will be asked to name your .zip file and then click Save.

Open the file named index.html to view your portfolio.