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Creating Basic Portfolios

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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.

Creating a Basic Portfolio is a two step process. First, you must create the portfolio. The first step creates a shell for your portfolio. Once you have named and designed your portfolio, you will need to build it. Within the build process there are three types of materials that you can add to your portfolio: Content, Links, and Items.

About Basic Portfolio Item Permissions

When you are adding content collection items to your portfolio you need to be aware of the permissions on those items. Any content collection item in your portfolio must have Read permission for users to be able to view it. To help with organization, create a specific folder for your portfolio items and set the permissions at the folder level to Read.

How to Create a Portfolio

Creating a Basic Portfolio creates the shell for the all the materials that you will add to it in the next steps.

  1. On the Portfolios Homepage click My Portfolios.

    Portfolio Homepage

  2. On the action bar, click Create Basic Portfolio.

    Create Basic Portfolio

  3. Provide a Title, Description, and Learning Objective. The description is available to the user to organize multiple portfolios on the My Portfolios page. The description will not display in the portfolio.

    Title and Description

  4. Choose a Portfolio Menu Style by selecting a background color, text color, or button design.
  5. Set the Portfolio Availability. Once a portfolio is set to available, it is searchable from the Portfolio Search.
  6. Set the Comments Options. Private comments are only viewable by the portfolio author.
  7. Click Submit.

    Select portfolio design options

How to Build a Portfolio

A good way to start building your portfolio is to create a homepage. Set the tone for your portfolio on this page and give the viewer an introduction of what they can expect to see. The best type of content to create for a homepage is an Item.

  1. After creating a basic portfolio, access the My Portfolios page.
  2. Access the portfolio title's contextual menu and select Build.

    Build Portfolio

There are three options available on the action bar to add material to your portfolio: Content, Links, and Items.

Build Options

How to Add Content

Adding content to your portfolio creates a link to a Content Collection file or folder. Using Content Collection items is one of the most effective ways to present content in a portfolio. Any changes made to Content Collection items will be reflected automatically wherever the item is located. Reuploading content is unnecessary.

  1. After creating a basic portfolio, access the My Portfolios page.
  2. Access the portfolio title's contextual menu and select Build.

    Build Portfolio

  3. Click Add Content.

    Click Add Content

  4. Provide a Menu Item Name. This name will appear as the text on the navigation menu in your portfolio.
  5. Browse for an item or folder from the Content Collection.
  6. Set the Availability of the item.
  7. Click Submit.

    Complete Add Content Form

How to Add Links

Links are external content that you can apply to your portfolio. Adding a link will open the website within the page in your portfolio. This can be helpful if you want to link to an online resume or a blog for a group project.

  1. After creating a basic portfolio, access the My Portfolios page.
  2. Access the portfolio title's contextual menu and select Build.

    Build Portfolio

  3. Click Add Link.

    Click Add Link

  4. Provide a Menu Item Name. This name will appear as the text on the navigation menu in your portfolio.
  5. Specify the URL for the link.
  6. Set the Availability for the item.
  7. Click Submit.

    Complete Add Link Form

How to Create Items

Items are used to create any other type of content you want to display in your portfolio. Items are created based on a template. Templates are created by the administrator. If none are created or made available, this option will not appear.

  1. After creating a basic portfolio, access the My Portfolios page.
  2. Access the portfolio title's contextual menu and select Build.

    Build Portfolio

  3. Click Create Item.

    Click Add Item

  4. Select a Template and click Submit.

    Select Item Template

  5. Provide a Menu Item Name. This name will appear as the text on the navigation menu in your portfolio.
  6. Use the content editor to create an item. You can add text, pictures, or mashups to your item.
  7. Set the Availability for the item.
  8. Click Submit.

    Complete Item Form

How to Order Portfolio Pages

Portfolio Content appears in the order in which it is created. The content position is displayed next to the item in a drop-down list. If you want to change the location of the item, select the corresponding number in the order you want it to appear. The page will refresh automatically and shift the other items according to the new order.

Order Portfolio Pages

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