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Creating Personal Portfolios

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Before you begin creating a personal portfolio take some time to set a goal for the portfolio and think about the point you want to make. Create an outline of the points to highlight in your Portfolio. Make sure that each point has sufficient supporting material and is presented in a clear and concise manner. If your instructor created a portfolio template for you to complete, follow the directions and guidelines.

About the Process

Creating a Personal Portfolio is a multi-step process. Content is added to a personal portfolio by using Artifacts. Artifacts link to Content Collection items. Artifacts can be created before or during the portfolio creation process. If you have a good outline of what you want to accomplish, create Artifacts before moving on to create the portfolio.

After all the Artifacts are ready, you will create a shell for the portfolio. This includes a name and description. The description will be used for your own organizational needs. After the shell is created, build out the portfolio and add pages and content. The Edit Personal Portfolio page lists your progress for each step. You can edit properties, style, pages, and settings from the Edit Personal Portfolio page.

Creating a Personal Portfolio includes the following steps:

  1. Create a portfolio.
  2. Design the appearance.
  3. Add pages and Artifacts.
  4. Determine the settings.

You can create portfolios from a template set by your instructor, or you can create a new portfolio. This option is available from the Create Personal Portfolio page.

How to Create a Personal Portfolio From a Template

  1. On the Portfolios Homepage, click My Portfolios.

    Portfolio Homepage

  2. Click Create Personal Portfolio.

    Click Create Personal Portfolio

  3. In the Select Method section, select an existing template to apply.

    Select Portfolio Template

  4. Click Save and Continue to move to the next step. Click Submit to return to the Edit Portfolio page.

How to Create a New Personal Portfolio

  1. On the Portfolios Homepage, click My Portfolios.

    Portfolio Homepage

  2. Click Create Personal Portfolio.

    Click Create Personal Portfolio

  3. On the Create Personal Portfolio page, in the Select Method section, select Create New.

    Create a new Portfolio

  4. Provide a Title and Description. The description of the portfolio is available to the user and will not display in the portfolio. The title will appear on the web browser’s window or tab.
  5. Click Save and Continue to move to the next step. Click Submit to return to the Edit Personal Portfolio page.

How to Design the Appearance of the Portfolio

Personal Portfolios created from a template already have a defined style and it is not necessary to edit that style. In this case, be aware that some or all of the Portfolio style options may be locked.

Style options available are Layout, Background, Fonts, and Navigation Menu.

  1. Select the Layout Theme. The layout determines the position of the navigation menu.

    Select Portfolio Layout

  2. Select the Design Background. Select a color and an image for the background of the portfolio.

    Select Portfolio Background

  3. Select the Font Settings. Options are available to set a default font, page title font, and page heading font. Customizations are available for font type, size, and color.

    Select Portfolio Font

  4. Select the Style Navigation Menu. Select Text or Buttons for the menu links. The text and buttons can be customized by font and color.

    Select Portfolio Menu

  5. After the style has been customized, designate a status by selecting Mark step as in progress or Mark step as complete. Then click Save and Continue. Click Submit to return to the Edit Personal Portfolio page.

    Set Progress

How to Build the Portfolio

Pages within Personal Portfolios are made up of Artifacts, text, and images. When using a template, the pages may already exist and users may not be able to add or delete pages.

Follow these steps to add a page to a portfolio and add Artifacts to a page.

  1. From within the Build tab on the Edit Personal Portfolio page, click Create Page.
  2. Provide a Title and Description for the page. The description is available to the user to organize all the portfolio pages. The description of the page will NOT display in the portfolio.

    Create Page

  3. Click Browse to search for an existing Artifact.
  4. Click Create New Artifact to create an Artifact and add it to the page.
  5. After browsing or creating a new artifact, click Submit.

    Browse or create artifact

  6. Create as many pages and Artifacts to build out your portfolio. The drag-and-drop function is available to reorder pages after they are created.
  7. Access the contextual menu for the Header or Footer to add an image or text in these fields.
  8. After all the pages are complete, designate a status by selecting Mark step as in progress or Mark step as complete.
  9. Click Save and Continue or click Submit to return to the Edit Personal Portfolio page.

    Image illustrating associated text

How to Designate Portfolio Settings

  1. From the Settings tab on the Edit Portfolio page, select a Status for the portfolio. Select Complete if the portfolio is finished and ready to display to reviewers.
  2. Select the Share Portfolio Settings. Select Available if you want to share the portfolio with others. If a portfolio is marked as Available, users can find your portfolio in the Portfolio Search.
  3. Select Comments are Private to hide comments from users who can view the portfolio.
  4. Designate a status for the settings by selecting Mark step as in progress or Mark step as complete.
  5. Click Submit to return to the Edit Personal Portfolio page. Clicking Submit will not automatically make your portfolio available to be shared with others unless you have selected this option.

    Select Portfolio Settings

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