Portfolio Activity

Portfolio Activity


The Portfolio activity allows students to create an online portfolio inside a CLE course, which can contain multiple pages and sections. The instructors can create the structure for the students’ work with a series of chapters and sub-chapters, similar to how the Book resource works, and then students add their own posts based on this structure.

Posts can be commented on and graded by the instructor, and students also have the option to share sections of their portfolio with all course participants, instead of just the instructor.

Use Cases: Reflections, Journaling.

Instructor Workflow

As the instructor, you will add the Portfolio activity to your course home page, and you have the option of setting the page structure that students will follow.

Setting up activity

  1. Navigate to your course home page and click the “Turn editing on” button.
  2. Click the “Add activity or resource” link.
  3. Select Portfolio from the list, and click the Add button.
  4. Name the activity, adjust settings as necessary, and then click the “Save and display” button.
  5. Click the “View/Edit portfolio template” button.
  6. Click the cog icon in the Table of Contents block.
    Table of Contents
  7. Edit the Chapter title and add Content (description, or instructions for the chapter).
  8. Optional: Click the red + in the TOC block to add more Chapters/Sub-chapters.

Note: You can allow students to add their own chapters to their Portfolios, but if you want them to follow a preset structure or “template,” create that structure before revealing the activity to students. Editing the template after students have begun contributing may produce unexpected results.

Editing chapter titles and descriptions

  1. Navigate to the Portfolio activity.
  2. Click the “View/Edit template” button.
  3. Click the “Turn editing on” link in the Administration block.
    turn editing on
  4. In the Table of Contents block, click the cog icon associated with the chapter you’d like to edit, and make the desired changes.

Feedback and Grading

  1. Navigate to the Portfolio activity.
  2. Click the “Submitted portfolios” link.
  3. To view and comment on specific student’s entry, click the View link from the View Portfolio column.
  4. Or, to grade provide an overall grade to each student, click the Grade link from the View Portfolio column.

Note: The grading process for the Portfolio activity is very simple; the instructor provide just one, single grade for each student’s entire portfolio, no matter how many pages or sections they have within their portfolio. If you need a more complex grading scheme, try the OU Blog or Forum activities.

Student Workflow

The student experience may vary slightly, depending on how the Portfolio was set up initially by the instructor, but the process to add content is familiar, and they can even comment on their own posts, or share individual posts with all of their classmates.

Submitting a new post

  1. Navigate to the Portfolio activity.
  2. Click the Start Contributing button.
  3. Click the Add Contribution button.
  4. Name and populate the post (add text, tables, embed video, etc.), then click the Update Contribution button.

Editing a post

  1. Navigate to the Portfolio activity.
  2. Click the Continue Contributing button.
  3. Navigate to an existing entry and click the cog icon.
  4. Make changes, then click the Update Contribution button.
  5. The edited entry will move up to the top of the list.

Hiding and sharing posts

By default, student posts are only visible to the instructor. Students can hide the post while editing, and also share with everyone in the course.

  • To change the visibility of your post to your instructor
    Navigate to your post and click the eyeball icon (show/hide).
    Eyeball icon
  • To share your post with everyone else in the course
    Navigate to your post and click the share icon (share/un-share).
    Share icon
  • To view the posts shared by your classmates
    Click the “Show other students’ contributions” button from your contribution page.
    Show Other Students Contributions