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.

This site houses resources that faculty, instructors, staff, and students can access to help develop a Canvas ePortfolio site. There are numerous guides that will assist you each component of Canvas and ePortfolio creation, presentation, and distribution. There is also a link to frequently asked questions from instructors and students.

Development Resources

Differences Between a Public or Private ePortfolio

The default setting on Canvas ePortfolio is “private,” which means it cannot be found via searching or viewed without access to a specific link. On the “Welcome to Your ePortfolio” page, you will see that link, which you can then copy and share with others when you want to give them access to viewing your ePortfolio.

Do be aware that once you have shared this link with someone, however, you cannot really “unshare” the ePortfolio (unless you have shared the link in a way that allows you to remove their access to that link). And further, if you have shared the link with someone by, say, sending it to them via email, there is nothing to prevent that person from forwarding the emailed link to others. Therefore, the so-called “private” ePortfolio in Canvas is NOT truly private nor secure. If you set your ePortfolio to “public,” then on the “Welcome to Your ePortfolio” that link for “private” sharing disappears. Now in this case, anyone who knows the address of your portfolio can view it.

So, to share a “public” ePortfolio, you could copy the URL from the browser and pass that along to anyone you want to view your portfolio. As with the “private” link, that URL could potentially get passed along further by others. However, if you want to “unshare” a public ePortfolio, you will simply change the setting back to private, and then knowing the URL would no longer give people access; they would need the “private” link.

So ironically, a “public” ePortfolio gives you slightly stronger options for sharing/unsharing. But in both cases, it is important to conceptualize the ePortfolio as an essentially public document, not truly secure. Overview provided by Sarah MacDonald of the UWM Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Program ePortfolio Guides and Rubrics

Provided with the permission of the author/developers.

Steps to Create an ePortfolio in Canvas

The School of Education and other licensure programs across the campus use Canvas as the place where you will access, create, and submit your ePortfolio. There are three main steps to creating your ePortfolio in Canvas, listed below.

1. Getting Organized and Creating a New ePortfolio in Canvas

It is important to organize your ePortfolio content on your computer by creating folders in OneDrive or Canvas. When your ready, log into Canvas and create your ePortfolio. A video is available (below) to assist you in getting organized and creating a new ePortfolio in Canvas.

2. Creating Sections and Pages in Canvas ePortfolio

After you log in and create your ePortfolio, you can start creating the sections and pages that will make up your ePortfolio. Your department or program may also use a ePortfolio template to name the pages in Canvas. A video is available (below) to assist you in completing this step.

3. Submitting your Canvas ePortfolio

Once you are finished with your ePortfolio, you will need to copy and submit your link. Always refer to your individual program to correctly submit your ePortfolio. A video is available (below) to assist you in accurately copying and submitting your ePortfolio.

UWM Resources and 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. 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

Instructors may also contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
414-229-4319 (Support Requests)
414-229-6638 (Phone)
Microsoft Teams at
(available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm)