Blackboard Portfolios

Portfolios are a means to collect, organise and publish pieces of work over time. They may have a general purpose or be used to showcase achievement.

At USW we have the BlackBoard Personal Portfolios tool enabled for users. This allows users to create a collection of ‘artefacts’ which can then be organised into one or more portfolio collections. A snapshot of the portfolio can then be shared with other users, or external contacts, at any time.

Portfolios are user based, not module or course specific. However, links to a user’s portfolio homepage can be added to a module and users can set up separate portfolios for different purposes, modules, assignments, etc.

How staff can use this tool

  • For yourself

You may choose to create a personal portfolio for your own staff development needs, perhaps as a record for HEA fellowship or other CPD.

  • For your students

You may also wish to encourage your students to use portfolios. If this is the case you can provide quick links to this tool directly from a module. See further down this page for Adding a portfolio link to a content area of a Blackboard module and Adding a portfolio link to your module menu in Blackboard.

If you would like to use this tool with your students and are interested in creating a template for your students so that they have a starting point for their portfolio then please log a call to Customer Support Services.

Adding a portfolio link to a content area of a Blackboard module

In a content area of your module (e.g. learning materials – although depending on your usage of the portfolio tool this could be in assessments) and with editing turned on: Go to Tools > More Tools > Portfolio Homepage.

Adding a portfolio link to your module menu in Blackboard

In your module, with editing turned on, click the + in the top left of the main module menu and select Tool Link. Give the link a name and select Portfolios Homepage from the Type drop-down menu. Don’t forget to make the link available to users.