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Blackboard Portfolio Tool Preview


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Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio Tool is a new tool currently being piloted that is bundled with the Blackboard Content System and allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning into custom Web pages. This online session offered 10/8/10 shared the capabilities of this new Blackboard tool and details on how to participate in the pilot of this tool during the fall 2010 semester. More details regarding NIU's pilot of the Blackboard Portfolio tool are available at

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Blackboard Portfolio Tool Preview

  1. 1. Jason Rhode, Assistant Director Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center | 815-753-2475 | More details available at Blackboard Portfolio Tool Preview
  2. 2. Goals <ul><li>Provide background on opportunity for campus-wide deployment of Blackboard Portfolio tool </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight current capabilities of NIU’s Blackboard Content System available to all faculty/staff </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly introduce features of the Blackboard Portfolio tool that are bundled with the Content System </li></ul><ul><li>Identify faculty interested in participating in pilot of tool and providing feedback concerning campus-wide implementation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Bundled with current Blackboard Content System that NIU has licensed (no additional cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Limited customization </li></ul><ul><li>At recommendation of NIU Computing Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), faculty input is being sought for implementation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>Faculty and Staff with previous experience and/or who have expressed interest in use of e-Portfolios encouraged to participate in pilot and provide suggestions for deployment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Phase I Pilot – Summer 2010 <ul><li>Faculty and staff review capabilities of Blackboard Portfolio tool and make suggestions for portfolio-creation templates </li></ul><ul><li>Initial faculty pilot during Summer ‘10 </li></ul><ul><li>NIU Bb Admin Team to explore development of NIU-themed portfolio templates </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations from faculty to be implemented </li></ul>
  6. 6. Phase II Pilot – Fall 2010 <ul><li>Open pilot with any interested NIU faculty/staff, TA, and leaders of Blackboard communities encouraged to test templates and initial implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from Phase II pilot participants to be gathered </li></ul><ul><li>Support materials to be developed </li></ul>
  7. 7. Blackboard Content System
  8. 8. Content Collection <ul><li>Tool that allows faculty and students to store, manage, and share content </li></ul>
  9. 9. Current Content Collection Features <ul><li>Fully-integrated with Blackboard Learning System that faculty and students are already familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>Makes reusing files much easier – faculty can save a file in the Content Collection once and link to that file from many courses </li></ul>
  10. 10. Current Content Collection Features <ul><li>Allows easy file management – when a file that resides in the Content Collection needs updating, faculty can update it only once and there won’t be any need to go into each course to upload an updated version of the file </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces resource consumption because the files can be managed and shared without duplication </li></ul>
  11. 11. Current Content Collection Features <ul><li>Makes it easy for faculty and students to share their files with the users both within NIU and outside </li></ul><ul><li>Offers easy access to resources placed in e-Reserves and allows faculty to link to those resources from their Blackboard courses </li></ul>
  12. 12. Current Content Collection Features <ul><li>Provides an easy drag-and-drop interface through the Web Folder feature that makes copying and managing large number of files much easier </li></ul><ul><li>Functions as a virtual hard drive that is available from anywhere by logging in to Blackboard </li></ul>
  13. 13. Portfolio: Feature of Content System <ul><li>The Blackboard Portfolio tool is one of the bundled features in the Blackboard Content System that NIU has already licensed </li></ul><ul><li>It is helpful to review the current features already available in the Blackboard Content System </li></ul>
  14. 14. Current Content Collection Areas
  15. 15. My Content <ul><li>Used to store files and folders for each user </li></ul><ul><li>Users access their personal files </li></ul><ul><li>Users use search feature to locate files and folders other users have shared with them </li></ul>
  16. 16. Institution Content <ul><li>Used to store files for educational and administrative units </li></ul><ul><li>Departments or colleges can use this area to store files for several faculty to have access to </li></ul>
  17. 17. Library Content <ul><li>Library may post electronic resources, e-Reserves, or other library-related content </li></ul><ul><li>Online librarians may post materials to e-Reserves, but faculty can add the requested content to their course </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tools <ul><li>Bookmarks feature allows for bookmarking files and folders for faster access </li></ul><ul><li>Search Content feature allows use of Basic or Advanced Search to locate materials </li></ul>
  19. 19. Let’s take a look at the Blackboard Portfolio tool
  20. 20. Blackboard Portfolio Tool <ul><li>fdsa </li></ul>
  21. 21. Blackboard Portfolio Features <ul><li>Store portfolio artifacts in the Blackboard Content Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Create portfolio for either personal (student, faculty, staff) accomplishments or course requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Link to coursework artifacts in Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Use pre-configured portfolio templates </li></ul>
  22. 22. Blackboard Portfolio Features (cont.) <ul><li>Share portfolio with faculty for comments </li></ul><ul><li>Share portfolio with other classmates as well as non-NIU users </li></ul><ul><li>Control access to who can view portfolio and for what duration of time </li></ul><ul><li>Export portfolio for offline access outside Blackboard or archive to CD </li></ul>
  23. 23. e-Portfolio Building in Blackboard <ul><li>Access through the Content Collection tab </li></ul><ul><li>Tool on the Navigation Menu called Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio tool may be made available to groups of users using Institution Roles </li></ul><ul><li>User is the “owner” of the Portfolio </li></ul>
  24. 24. Portfolio Tool <ul><li>My Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>Received Portfolios </li></ul>
  25. 25. My Portfolios <ul><li>Add Personal Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Add Basic Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Creation Wizard </li></ul><ul><li>Remove </li></ul>
  26. 26. Default My Portfolio Options <ul><li>Out-of-box portfolio choices </li></ul>Add Personal Portfolio walks the user through a series of prompts to create a Personal Portfolio Add Basic Portfolio prompts user to create Basic Portfolio without instruction prompts The Portfolio Creation Wizard walks the user through a series of prompts, such as upload files, external links, and templates to create a Basic Portfolio.
  27. 27. What is the difference between Basic and Personal Portfolios?
  28. 28. Basic Portfolios <ul><li>Introduction to basic portfolios </li></ul>
  29. 29. Basic Portfolio <ul><li>Besides colors there's not much to choose </li></ul><ul><li>It's not possible to create a template portfolio for the basic version </li></ul><ul><li>The basic portfolio contains pages (menu items) </li></ul><ul><li>The pages (items) can be templates that are made available in Blackboard by the System Admin </li></ul>
  30. 30. Page Templates <ul><li>Numerous default page templates are available </li></ul><ul><li>Additional page templates can be configured and added </li></ul>
  31. 31. Sample Page Template
  32. 32. Basic Portfolio (cont.) <ul><li>From a page you can create a link to files stored in My Content or even to complete folders. This is useful for creating a very basic portfolio consisting of only links to folders of personal content. In this way the portfolio is simply an (indirect) container of the files in My Content. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Basic Portfolio (cont.) <ul><li>Allowed storage in My Content limits the amount of files the basic portfolio can contain </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantage of the basic portfolio is that items can’t be reused in multiple basic portfolios (other than copy and paste) </li></ul>
  34. 34. Personal Portfolios <ul><li>Introduction to personal portfolios </li></ul>
  35. 35. Personal Portfolios <ul><li>Much more functionality of creating a portfolio layout that expresses who you are </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to create a complete portfolio template (layout, colors and menu items) </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to the basic portfolio every menu item is actually a page in your portfolio </li></ul>
  36. 36. Personal Portfolios (cont.) <ul><li>Can't create page templates as in the basic portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>In the basic portfolio the content and the page are the same layer, where in the personal portfolio a page has another layer: artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>Artifacts can be made separately from a portfolio </li></ul>
  37. 37. Personal Portfolio (cont.) <ul><li>Can create a library of artifacts that also can have links to files (but NO folders) in My content </li></ul><ul><li>When building a personal portfolio you simply put artifacts on a page in your portfolio. A page can contain several artifacts on one page. Advantage of this approach is that you can reuse artifacts in as many portfolios as you want and by modifying that artifact, they will also be modified in all your portfolio's where you used that artifact. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Personal Portfolio (cont.) <ul><li>Uploaded files in artifacts are stored in the artifacts themselves and don't need to be in the My Content folder. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Sample Portfolios
  40. 40. Portfolio Management <ul><li>When the Portfolio is complete, users may wish to manage certain aspects of the Portfolio such as adding additional content, sharing the Portfolio, and downloading the Portfolio for future use. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Portfolio Sharing <ul><li>The owner of a Portfolio may share it with individual users on the Blackboard system, groups of users on the system, or individuals who are external to the system. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Portfolios Integrated in Courses <ul><li>Faculty and students can create new portfolios, modify existing portfolios, and access shared portfolios directly from within their Blackboard course </li></ul>
  43. 43. Implementation Best Practices <ul><li>Consider use cases for how faculty, staff, and students will use e-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Develop guidelines for students, faculty, or staff who may leave the institutions which includes users downloading their portfolio from Blackboard </li></ul>
  44. 44. Implementation Best Practices <ul><li>Develop templates that can be used during portfolio creation process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly label templates so users understand which may be applicable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Templates created by department representatives, then added to Blackboard by System Administrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define Institution Role on Blackboard Community System to pilot the use of Portfolios </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Questions and Answers <ul><li>What questions do you have? </li></ul>
  46. 46. Next Steps <ul><li>Provide access for faculty interested in piloting the Portfolio system </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule follow-up hands-on training session for faculty interested in piloting the system </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to students faculty would like to help pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Explore development of custom templates and implementation of faculty recommendations </li></ul>
  47. 47. More Information… <ul><li>Faculty interested in piloting the Blackboard Portfolio tool should contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Rhode, Assistant Director </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>815-753-2475 </li></ul>