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Assessing Learners

Portfolios

Note: NIU implemented the Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release of the electronic portfolio tool over the Memorial Day weekend in 2015. The new Portfolio tool replaces the legacy Portfolio framework (Basic and Personal Portfolios) entirely. Legacy Portfolios will automatically be converted to the new framework.

an example of a portfolio

Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format.

Building Portfolios

Students can start with an empty portfolio, or faculty and programs can request a template be created to provide students with an initial structure. In Blackboard, students can build their Portfolio with text, documentations, presentations, images, videos, and many other types of files or multimedia. The artifacts can be added directly to a portfolio, or converted from a previous assignment submission. The latter can even include the grade, rubric, or feedback provided by the faculty, at the student's discretion. Learn more about how students create portfolios and add content.

Sharing Portfolio Snapshots

Portfolios can be shared with NIU Faculty, Staff and Students, or links can be sent to external users, such as when students are seeking employment. Faculty can also create Assignments within a course that require students to submit a Blackboard Portfolio instead of a file.  Each time a portfolio is shared with other users, a snapshot is created of that portfolio at that point in time. This allows students to continue developing their portfolio without worrying that someone will see a version that is still in development. Once the student is ready to for someone to view their updated Portfolio, they simply need to share the portfolio again. Learn more about how students share portfolios.

Grading Portfolios

When a student has submitted a portfolio in response to an assignment, the portfolio is viewable in the assignment grading interface. Grading feedback, rubric results, and rubric feedback provided in the grading sidebar is separate from portfolio comments. This information is stored independently as part of the assignment attempt—not as part of the portfolio or portfolio snapshot itself. Portfolio snapshot submissions made through an assignment are not listed in the student's list of shared portfolio snapshots and cannot be rescinded like other sharing events. 

Last updated: 07/14/2015