My Items consolidates all of your artifacts, reflections, presentations, and collections into a single view, enabling you to view, search, and manage all of your content from one location. From the My Items page you can:
Your ePortfolio items display in a list that you can sort by name or date edited, ascending or descending. Filters at the top of the list enable you to search and manage specific sets of content; you can filter by item type or sharing status.
Once you share items with others and they provide comments or rubric assessments, icons that represent this activity appear beside your items in the My Items listing.
You can click on these icons to view details about which individuals or groups you are sharing an item with or review comments and rubric assessments made on that item.
Clicking on the sharing group icon or individual icon opens that item's Sharing Settings dialog. From here you can modify who can access your item. Clicking on the feedback icon opens an item's View page where you can review comments and rubric assessments from others. indicates unread feedback on an item.
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 instructor; 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 files from your computer, personal storage device, or BeachBoard locker area that demonstrate your improvement or mastery in an area of interest.
Tip: Consider compressing large media files before you upload them to save space in your portfolio. Full resolution files are not usually necessary for display on the web.
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 your course.
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.
A great way to track your progress over time is to include your course work in your portfolio. You may then review your work at any point in the future and compare it to other assignments and courses.
Note: You can also add course content artifacts to your portfolio directly from your courses. Click Add to ePortfolio while viewing grades, competencies, quiz results, or dropbox folder feedback.
Tip: Click the Apply Tags to All Artifacts button to add a set of tags to all items on the page.
Forms are templates created by instructors that users fill out. Forms collect information using a set of question fields.
You can record audio directly within ePortfolio, rather than pre-recording audio on your computer and uploading it as a file.
Use reflections to discuss items in your portfolio, record your thoughts on topics that interest you, set goals, and think critically about your learning.
Reflections may be independent portfolio items or associated with artifacts, collections, or presentations. Associating reflections with other items helps other users see the relationship between the items and makes it easier to revisit your goals and assumptions later.
Reflections are only visible to other users if you share them, associate them with an item, or add them to a collection or presentation.
Collections are groups of artifacts, reflections and presentations. They are like folders, except an item can belong to multiple collections at the same time. For example, you may add a short story you wrote to a collection called “Fiction” as well as a collection called “Creative Writing 101” and there will only be one copy of the story (artifact).
There are multiple ways of adding items to a collection: you may add items manually from the Edit Collection page; you may add multiple items at once using the Add to Collection icon in the action bar on the My Items page; or you may select the Add to Collection option from the context menu (drop-down) for an item. You may also create a list of tags on the Edit Collection page that defines which items to automatically include in a collection based on the tags that are associated with the item.
Tag lists allow you to automatically populate a collection with portfolio items that use specific tags.
Important: All items that use the tags that you specify in the tag list are automatically added to the collection. If you share the collection with other users you automatically share all of the items.
Tip: If you want to create an OR condition, where items tagged with either "x" or "y" are added to a collection, you can create multiple tag lists. For example, if you want all items tagged with the phrase "Science and Technology" and either "Green Energy" or "Solar Energy" to be added to a collection, you should create two tag lists. The first tag list should contain the phrases "Science and Technology" and "Green Energy", and the second tag list should contain "Science and Technology" and "Solar Energy."
Presentations let you compile portfolio items in a web project that showcase your achievements. Your presentations may have multiple pages and use different themes and layouts. Presentations provide a polished, professional medium to demonstrate your learning and accomplishments.
Use the Content/Layout tab to add items to your presentations. You may add items on a single page or create multiple pages.
Tip: Try and make sure each item has a unique name. If you have multiple headings or items with the same name in a single presentation it may be difficult for people using screen readers and other non-visual assistive technologies to determine which item or section they are viewing.
Note: This will only change the title or description within the presentation.
Note: The following file types may be displayed in-place: HTML, AVI, BMP, Flash and Shockwave Flash, GIF, JPG, MP3, PNG, QuickTime, RealAudio, WAV and WMV.
Use the Content/Layout tab to change where the navigation area appears on presentation pages and the arrangement of content.
Edit Presentation Navigation Sets where the page naviagation appears. This is a presentation-level setting; you cannot select a different navigation position per presentation page.
Edit Page Layout Sets the positioning of the content areas. This is a page-level setting; each page in your presentation can have different page layouts.
Item context menus enable you to move items to different content areas, change the order of items within a content area, and delete items from your presentation.
Use the Pages section of Content/Layout tab to add new pages to your presentation and reorder existing pages. If you have a larger presentation, you can hide subpages using those pages' Page Properties.
A banner appears at the top of every page in a presentation. The presentation title usually appears in the banner, much like a header in a book. You can include additional text in the banner as a description.
Enter a banner title and description on the Banner tab on the Edit Presentation page.
Note: The theme of the presentation controls the style of the banner, including the background and fonts used. Use the Theme tab to modify banner styles.
Themes are default style templates that help give your presentations a consistent look and feel. Themes are divided into styles which control one aspect of the design. For example, there are separate styles that control titles, links, dates and images.
Themes are provided by your organization, but you may be able to change some or all aspects of a theme.
Tip: Use the Filter drop-down menu to view specific groupings of elements.
On the My Items page, click Copy from a presentation's context menu.
The following information is copied:
The following information is not copied:
Note: You can only copy presentations from your own portfolio.
Tags are keywords or descriptive labels that you add to items to help categorize them. For example, you can tag items with course codes, subjects, topics, purpose, or status. You can search both your own portfolio and others’ shared items by tags.