Blackboard’s Portfolio Tool Piloted During Fall 2010

NIU is currently piloting Blackboard’s electronic portfolio tool and any interested NIU faculty/staff, graduate teaching assistants, and leaders of Blackboard communities are encouraged to try the this tool with their Blackboard course section(s) and/or Blackboard communities, thereby testing the initial implementation templates and features and providing feedback.

Blackboard’s Portfolio tool enables students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool is bundled with the Blackboard Content System and allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning into custom Web pages. A portfolio can then be presented to individuals and groups of users. Users can grant access to other NIU Blackboard users and non-NIU users to view their portfolio as well as export the for offline viewing.

Sample Faculty Portfolio

Q Is the Portfolio tool for both student and faculty use?

A Yes. As a faculty member, you can create your own electronic portfolio to highlight your professional accomplishments and post your CV. Student portfolios can be used to archive and document artifacts of their best work, provide for reflection of their work, and serve as an evaluation tool of a selected body work.  If you wish your students to have access, ITS will need to be notified in order to enable the tool for your selected course section(s).

Q Can anyone view a Blackboard Portfolio?

A No. The owner controls who can access their portfolio by selecting who to share it with.  Once shared with fellow students or faculty, the portfolio owner can receive feedback from those viewing or assessing the portfolio.

Q What happens to the Portfolio when a student or faculty member leaves NIU?

A Portfolios can be exported for offline access outside Blackboard or archived to CD, preserving both the content areas and the artifacts themselves.

Q How do I get started?

A Faculty can schedule a hands-on training session that will cover initial set-up and an overview of the Blackboard Portfolio tool by contacting Jason Rhode at jrhode@niu.edu or 815-753-2475.  Additionally, an archive of the Blackboard Portfolio Tool Preview held on October 8, 2010 can be accessed here: http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/archives.shtml#10082010

You can also visit http://www.niu.edu/blackboard/portfolio/pilot.shtml for more information.

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