Preparing Templates for Student ePortfolios
Article Last Updated November 2018
This article is for instructors who want to set up and share an ePortfolio template so their students can all create ePortfolios with a common structure and is commonly used when the Portfolio is designed for students to demonstrate the completion of a set of specific outcomes or competencies.
The easiest method to allow students to access a template is to create a group for a course and copy the page or collection into that group. It is also possible to create a page or collection directly within the course group (to save the step of copying the portfolio into the group.) Information on constructing pages and collections in a portfolio is available the article Adding Content to Your Portfolio.
Using groups to share content gives a bit more control over who accesses the content, allows multiple instructors to access and make edits to the template, offers the option to enable student submissions of their pages, and provides a notification system for alerting course personnel of group events. (If there are small numbers involved, it is possible to share a template directly with specific students following the instructions in Sharing Your ePortfolio.)
Instructors most commonly create the template in their own personal portfolio to allow fine tuning before it is public and then copy this material into the course group so that students can then copy the content into their own portfolios. Instructors may wish to provide students with the following article explaining that process: Copying Templates into Your ePortfolio.
To copy an existing template collection or pages from a personal ePortfolio into a course group there are 2 steps - first sharing the collection, and then copying it into the group.
1. Share the collection with the group:
2. Copy the Collection into the Group:
Once the template collection is shared with the group, instructors should also copy the collection directly into the group so that students can preview it and other course instructors can make edits:
Students and instructors will now see the content template in the group's Pages and Collections area. Once a personal template collection has been copied, it can be returned to a private state if necessary without affecting the copied content.