An ePortfolio is a collection of digital media evidence that demonstrates your knowledge, skills, and growth as a professional within a particular area of study over a given period of time. ePortfolios are created by assembling artifacts in the form of text, video clips, pictures, etc. within a single digital presentation. Together, these artifacts and presentation are called an ePortfolio, which, once complete, you will submit to your program of study as evidence of your learning.

Support

If you have questions about what your portfolio needs to include, due dates, etc., your instructor or program director should be able to answer them. This webpage is the spot to get support on the technical aspects of creating and submitting your ePortfolio. Video walkthroughs and help sheet tutorials are available to assist you throughout the process.

The Four Steps in D2L

The School of Education and other licensure programs across the campus use D2L (which will be retired at the end of 2019 and replaced by Canvas) as the place where you will access, create, and submit your ePortfolio. There are four main steps to creating your ePortfolio in D2L:

Set up the template

Upload artifacts

Assemble the components

Submit the completed ePortfolio

Details for each step are available below. Keep reading to learn about how to set up, assemble, and turn in your ePortfolio.

1) Set up the Template (D2L)

So that you can concentrate on the content of your portfolio, rather than spending time creating it from scratch, your program has made an ePortfolio template available to you. The template is a presentation shell in which you will place artifacts. You will need to visit the SOE Template Library, find and download the template for your program of study, and “install” it in your ePortfolio workspace within D2L. A video and help sheet are available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on setting up the template

     Help sheet on setting up the template

2) Upload Artifacts (D2L)

Most of the content of your portfolio is in the form of artifacts. Artifacts are documents (in the form of PDFs, Word files, etc.) that demonstrate your understanding or achievement of the outcomes or standards specified by your academic program. In addition, you may be required to include a resume, philosophy statement, reflections, professional photo, practicum evaluations, or letters of recommendation as part of your portfolio. These are also artifacts. This step involves gathering and uploading the artifacts to the ePortfolio section of D2L. A video and help sheet are available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on uploading artifacts

     Help sheet on uploading artifacts

3) Assemble the Components (D2L)

After you set up your template and upload artifacts, it’s time to merge the two. In this step, you will assemble the ePortfolio components by placing the artifacts you uploaded onto the appropriate pages of your portfolio template. You will also have the opportunity in this step to personalize the look and feel of your portfolio by adding text, customizing the banner, or applying a theme. A video and help sheet are available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on assembling the components

     Help sheet on assembling the components

4) Submit the Completed ePortfolio (D2L)

The final step in this process is submitting your portfolio to a D2L dropbox so that an instructor can see and assess it. This process is very similar to turning in assignments in any other D2L course so it’s likely that you’ll be familiar with it already. A video and help sheet are available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on submitting the completed portfolio

     Help sheet on submitting the completed portfolio

The Five Steps in Canvas

The School of Education and other licensure programs across the campus will start to use Canvas (replacing D2L) as the place where you will access, create, and submit your ePortfolio. There are five main steps to creating your ePortfolio in D2L:

1) Getting Organized (Canvas)

So that you can concentrate on the content of your portfolio, rather than spending time creating it from scratch, your program will make an ePortfolio sample available to you, which can be used to create sections and pages in Canvas. You can also take this time to organize your ePortfolio content on your computer by creating folders in OneDrive or Canvas. A video is available (below) to assist you in getting organized.

     Video on getting organized

2) Logging in and Creating a New ePortfolio (Canvas)

After you have organized your ePortfolio content, it’s time to log into Canvas and create your ePortfolio. A video is available (below) to assist you in logging in and creating a new ePortfolio in Canvas.

     Video on logging in and creating a new ePortfolio

3) Creating Sections & Pages (Canvas)

After you log in and create your ePortfolio, you can use your ePortfolio sample to start creating the sections and pages that will make up your ePortfolio. You’ll also use your ePortfolio template to name your ePortfolio pages in Canvas. A video is available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on creating sections and pages

4) Adding Content to Pages (Canvas)

After you have created your ePortfolio sections and pages, you can start adding content to your pages. A video is available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on adding content to pages

5) Submitting the ePortfolio (Canvas)

After you have finished adding content to your pages and once your ePortfolio is completed, you are ready to submit your ePortfolio. A video is available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

     Video on submitting the ePortfolio

Canvas Student Guides – ePortfolio

Canvas has many online help guides for students, including a section for ePortfolios. Visit the Canvas Student Guides ePortfolios Table of Contents page to view ePortfolio help guides.

Contact Us

Your advisor or instructors are the best people to answer questions about the content of your portfolio, due dates, or specific program requirements. If you need to contact someone about the technical aspects of ePortfolios, including any of the steps outlined above, email the portfolio support office at ed-portfolio@uwm.edu.