Blackboard's Portfolio tool is designed to help you maintain documentation of your education, samples of your work, and evidence of your skills, to tell a carefully crafted story about who you are and what you can do. Portfolios contain an organized collection of artifacts (for example, assignments, photos, video) as evidence of your accomplishments.
You may want to create more than one portfolio to tell more than one story. For example, you might use one portfolio to track research, and another to display writing. Or you can combine artifacts from both into one larger portfolio to tell your entire academic story.
Once it is complete (or at least complete for now), you can share your portfolio with others, at NIU or outside the campus. Each time you share your portfolio with someone, Blackboard creates a snapshot of the portfolio at that point in time. The recipient sees that static snapshot, so you can continue editing without worrying about someone seeing it while it is in progress. Once you want to share the updated version, simply share the portfolio again.
Click the links to the right to learn more about creating your portfolio, or download a printable quick guide.
When you share a portfolio with someone, Blackboard shares a snapshot of the portfolio at that point in time. This snapshot is static, meaning it does not change when you edit your portfolio. To allow someone to see the changes, you will need to share your portfolio with them again. Learn more about sharing your portfolio.
You can include images, audio, video, and many other types of streaming media in your portfolio. For images, you can embed any of the following file types: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png, and .tif. For audio and video, we recommend using MEDIAL, which will let you use any of the following formats: .mov, .avi, .wmv, .flv, .mpg, .mp4, .mp3, .wav, .wma. You can also embed videos that you have upload to YouTube.
For other file types, you can add them as an attachment or artifact. Someone viewing the portfolio will need to download the file to open or view it. Learn more about adding content to your portfolio.