Using portfolios in Blackboard Original (Instructors)


How to create portfolio assignments and request a template for portfolio assignments.



You can request that portfolios be submitted for course assignments in Blackboard Original. 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.

Note: When a student submits a portfolio assignment, the submission is a snapshot of the portfolio at that moment.  If the student edits the portfolio after it has been submitted, you will not see those changes. 


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Create a portfolio assignment

  1. Navigate to a content area in your Blackboard course

  2. Hover over the Assessments tab and click on Assignment

  3. On the Create Assignment page, expand Submission Details and select Portfolio Submission

    • Optionally, select a Portfolio Template students should use in their portfolio submissions

    • If you do not choose to select a Portfolio Template, students can submit a portfolio structured however they choose

    • Note: Portfolio Templates can be created for departments or programs.  When a Portfolio Template is created in Blackboard, it is visible to all Ohio University Blackboard users, not just those within your program or department.

Outcome: You should now be able to assign portfolios to your students.

Request a portfolio template for a department or program

Contact the IT Service Desk with the subject "Blackboard Portfolio Template Request" and the following information:  

  • The name of the pages and sections within those pages. 

    • Example:

      • Introduction 

        • About Me 

        • Resume 

      • Weekly Logs 

        • Week 1 

        • Week 2 

      • Evaluations 

        • Preceptor 

        • Student 

  • Name of the template (must be unique and easily identifiable to students) 

  • Department or program for the template 

Outcome: You should now have a template for portfolio assignments.

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