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  • Student portfolios (D2L ePortfolios)

    The ePortfolio component of D2L allows students and staff to create ePortfolio presentations. These presentations may be submitted to a D2L course dropbox, shared with others on campus, and shared with others outside the university. The ePortfolio presentation is linked to each student, however a course may assign an ePortfolio component and have the entire presentation submitted to a dropbox. The dropbox gives faculty a snap shot of the ePortfolio presentation. 

    What is an ePortfolio?

    An ePortfolio is an electronic collection of artifacts that shows learning over time. Within an ePortfolio you will find artifacts or evidence that may include writing samples, photos, videos, observations, lessons, artwork and more. You will also find reflections or narratives, which are a key component telling why the artifact was chosen and what was learned from the process.

    There are three types of ePortfolios: Competency, Learning, and Showcase. Each ePortfolio is based on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. On our campus we find many ePortfolios are a combination of the three, using what we call a hybrid ePortfolio. Before deciding the type of ePortfolio to make, determine the purpose, the audience, and the evidence you need. It is important to have clear expectations and allow time for the ePortfolio to develop.

    The Competency ePortfolio demonstrates achievement of set criteria, is a systematic collection of student work, and evaluates student progress toward a goal. This type of ePortfolio is also called assessment or summative. The School of Education at UW-L uses the Competency ePortfolio to show student understanding of the 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards.

    The Learning ePortfolio is generally a work in progress, focuses on the ePortfolio as a process, and includes self-assessment and reflection. The emphasis is on reflection. The Learning ePortfolio is also called a reflection, developmental, formative, or working ePortfolio.

    The Showcase ePortfolio demonstrates exemplary work and skill, illustrates experience and achievements, and focuses on the ePortfolio as a product. The Showcase ePortfolio is also called a capstone, professional presentation, career, or employment ePortfolio. Several majors at UW-L create Showcase ePortfolios, for example Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    The Hybrid ePortfolio is a combination of all three. This type is the most popular type and is used by Community Health Education as well as several other majors.

    How to begin

    The ePortfolio component of D2L allows students and staff to create ePortfolio presentations. These presentations may be submitted to a D2L course dropbox, shared with others on campus, and shared with others outside the university. The ePortfolio presentation is linked to each student, however a course may assign an ePortfolio component and have the entire presentation submitted to a dropbox. The dropbox gives faculty a snap shot of the ePortfolio presentation. To start your ePortfolio presentation, connect to D2L and on your home screen you will notice a link to ePortfolio on the top of the screen. Click on ePortfolio to bring you to your ePortfolio space. Click on "My Items" to see your portfolio space, which includes your presentations, artifacts, and reflections.

    If you are a ART, CHE, POL, SAA, SoE, SPY, or online SAA student you should see a presentation in your items. This presentation is already started for each of you and includes the shell of the ePortfolio presentation. All you need to do is start adding your specific information. If you do not have a presentation, please contact the Eagle Help Desk, 608.785.8799 or complete a help ticket. Templates provide clearer directions and expectations to students and work well for competency ePortfolios and for online cohorts.

    Complete instructions can be found here.

    Do not use the "quicklinks", use "insert stuff" instead. Quicklinks are only for external web links and insert stuff is for linking to any items within your ePortfolio space such as images and artifacts. Insert stuff is the button right next to the quicklink. In the image below the quicklink has been crossed off. 

    eP D2l advanced text box

     

    Working with artifacts and textboxes

    To add content into your presentation, you can add a text box, reflection, artifact, or a combination of all. There are three main ways to link to your artifacts: 1. Insert a text box with Add Component and create a link using insert stuff to link to the artifact, 2. Insert an artifact using the Add Component or 3. create a reflection and use insert stuff to link to an artifact. The difference between a reflection and a text box, a reflection is created within my items and a text box is created within a presentation. A reflection also includes a date stamp on the top. If inserting photos as artifact it is recommended to use either a text box or reflection and insert the image using Insert Stuff, which allows you to choose the size of the image. Before you can begin to add content, you need to have artifacts uploaded into your ePortfolio space. Note: School of Education students already have a standards table created. Just edit this text box and add your artifacts using insert stuff. Community Health students should also edit the Areas of Responsibility table and add artifacts using insert stuff.

    What is the difference between a Reflection and a Text box? A reflection is actual a text box that can be used by more than one presentation and is created within D2L; and will have a date stamp on the top of the page with the date the reflection was last modified. A text box is a component you can add on any page to allow you to type text, add pictures, and add hyperlinks.

    Complete instructions can be found here.

    Submitting to dropbox

    All ePortfolios at UW-L are private, and the best way to share the information with instructors, is for the instructor to create a dropbox. The student would submit the presentation to the dropbox, which would include all supporting files. Only the presentation is submitted.

    Complete instructions can be found here.

    Sharing

    Remember most classes have a student submit an ePortfolio to the dropbox. However, a student may choose to share it with other. Once shared the student can send an email to the person they want to view the presentation. Make sure you do NOT post this link on your resume, but use myDesire2Learn for an external career/employment ePortfolio.

    myDesire2Learn

    MyD2L is a hosted ePortfolio service provided by D2L for students who are graduating and would like to retain and continue to use their ePortfolio after graduation. You can copy your ePortfolio information to myD2L and continue to collect artifacts, create presentations, and share evidence of achievement with others. This service is offered free by D2L, watch for an email when you near graduation about this service or contact the Eagle Help Desk, 608.785.8799 or complete a help ticket..  Complete instructions can be found here.

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