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Hopwood Hall College

Ian Nield

2011 - 12

Ian Nield VLE Developer, ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk ext. 3342


Its Learning @ Hopwood Hall College - http://hopwoodhall.itslearning.com

2011 - 12

ePortfolio

A collection of portfolios that is published as an entity on the Internet constitutes an ePortfolio. In itslearning, the ePortfolio is a collection of your best private portfolios, a blog, an "About me" page and external links. The users are free to customise their portfolios by changing skins and adding the content they want. In many ways, your ePortfolio is your digital identity. The ePortfolio of itslearning is highly customisable and users can select the elements they want to present. Users can set access permissions, and choose whether to publish their ePortfolios on the Internet or keep them completely private. The ePortfolio features a blog, external links, an "About me" page and private portfolios. The portfolios are folders where users can add the content they want, such as their CV, school assignments, and files. Both learners and teachers can use the ePortfolio as a reflective journal. The combination of portfolios and blogs provides an opportunity to reflect over what has been done, what has been learned, and what other people think of the work. Teachers, for example, can use the blog to reflect on their practice. Learners, parents, and other teachers can comment on the entries, and teachers can use the comments and feedback to improve.

Ian

Nield

VLE

Developer,

ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk

ext .

3342

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Adding a Portfolio 1. Click the ePortfolio tab. 2. Click Portfolios. 3. Click New portfolio. 4. You can edit the following options: 

Title: Enter the title of your portfolio. The title you enter appears in the ePortfolio menu.

Description: The description appears as an introduction below the title in your portfolio.

Enter short name: The short name is used as the portfolio URL. Enter a short and descriptive name. You can check if the short name is available by clicking Check availability.

Skin: Here you can select the appearance, or skin, of your ePortfolio. Click the thumbnail and select a skin from the pop-up window. Visible in ePortfolio menu: If you check this box, the portfolio becomes visible in the ePortfolio. It is smart to leave this option unchecked if you do not want to publish the portfolio in your ePortfolio yet.

5. Who can access your portfolio?: Here you decide who can see this specific portfolio: 

Only me: Visible for you only. No other users can see your portfolio.

My courses and projects: Visible for the participants in your courses and projects.

All users of this site: Visible for the participants and users at your site.

Available on the Internet: Your portfolio is publicly available on the Internet.

6. Click Save.

Adding Categories 1. Click the ePortfolio tab. 2. Click Portfolios. 3. Click the portfolio you want to add categories to. Ian

Nield

VLE

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ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk

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4. Click the Categories tab. 5. To add a category, click Add new row. Repeat this step to add more categories. 6. Fill in the following fields: 

Title: Enter the category title. The title you enter here appears as a category heading in the ePortfolio menu.

Folder name: The short name is used as the category URL.

Description: Add a category description. The description appears as an introduction below the title in your portfolio.

7. Click Save.

Adding Content 1. Click the ePortfolio tab. 2. Click Portfolios. 3. Click the portfolio you want to add content to. 4. Fill in the following fields: 

Title: The title appears as a heading above the content you add.

Description: In the description field you enter the content you want to display in the portfolio.

Category: Choose a category. To add a category, see "Adding categories" above.

Files: Click Upload file to upload a file.

5. Click Save.

Copying Elements Content you create in a portfolio can easily be copied to other portfolios in your ePortfolio. 1. Click the ePortfolio tab. 2. Click Portfolios. 3. Click the portfolio you want to copy content from.

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Nield

VLE

Developer,

ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk

ext .

3342

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4. Check the box in front of the content you want to copy. You may copy multiple content at the same time. 5. Click Copy. 6. Select the portfolio to copy the content to from the drop-down list. 7. Click Copy elements.

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Nield

VLE

Developer,

ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk

ext .

3342

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Exporting Portfolios itslearning allows you to export your portfolios. This means that you can store the portfolios on your computer and upload them to another web site, for example a private homepage. 1. Click the ePortfolio tab. 2. Click Portfolios. 3. Click the portfolio you want to export. 4. Click the Export tab. 5. Click Start new export. It may take a couple of minutes to complete the export. Click the Refresh button to update the status. When the status changes from "Pending" to "Completed" the export is finished. 6. Click the export date to download a zip file with the exported portfolio.

Note: You can only have three backups. When you have three backups, exporting causes the oldest backup to be overwritten. You must finish exporting an item before you can export another one.

Ian

Nield

VLE

Developer,

ian.nield@hopwood.ac.uk

ext .

3342

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