Creating Portfolio Artifacts

Portfolios use evidence of your education, work, and skills to tell a carefully crafted story to the world about who you are and what you can do. Portfolios contain an organized collection of content, such as text, files, photos, videos, and more, to tell that story. These are generically referred to as Artifacts, and are your evidence of what you have learned. These artifacts are usually accompanied by your reflection about why the artifacts reflect your skills, what you learned as you created them, or what you would do differently in the future.

You can use two types of Artifacts in your Blackboard Portfolio:

  • Personal Artifacts - any content that you create or upload, such as text, files, links, photos, videos, etc.
  • Course Artifacts - graded content that you submitted to a course. When you create a Course Artifact, you can include the submitted file, assignment details, your grade, and any feedback from your Professor.

Best Practice for Creating Artifacts

To make sure you don't lose files or lose access to course artifacts, we recommend that you create artifacts at the end of each semester, just after your final exams. Once you create an artifact, it is saved for you to use in your portfolio. These artifacts can be used more than once, if you have different portfolios for different purposes. 

Creating Personal Artifacts

  1. On the My Artifacts page, click Add Personal Artifact
  2. Provide a title, description, and content for the artifact. The description is visible only to you
  3. Click the Submit button

Converting an Assignment Submission into an Artifact

  1. On the My Artifacts page, click Add from Course
  2. Find and select the graded assignments in your available courses. Note: you will not be able to convert an assignment submission once a course is made unavailable, approximately 10 days after the semester ends
  3. Click the Submit button

When you add a course artifact to a portfolio, you must select which metadata to show when displaying that course artifact in that particular portfolio, including assignment description, your grade, and any feedback from your Professor.

Example: For a portfolio you are creating for a prospective employer, you may not want to include the grade/feedback information about artifacts

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