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About the Online Portfolio with Blackboard
Structure your Blackboard portfolio in such a way that allows you to store information (school, personal, work, etc.) so that you will:
- be able to find things when you need them in a few years when you complete your Writing Arts portfolio
- be able to add to it as your education and your interests evolve
To do this you will need to think about how you want to name and organize folders. You may want to look at the classes that you are required to take and build those courses into your structure.
The Blackboard Portfolio has many features, only a few of which we will be using here. Follows these step-by-step instructions and you should be okay. The instructions will take you to portions of an overall portfolio tutorial created by Rowan IT. Use this tutorial and it is quite helpful.
- Log in to Blackboard and set up your portfolio as was shown in class and is described in the tutorial section entitled “Accessing Your Portfolios.” The first time you access your portfolio you will be asked to choose from a list of “tools.” Check them all.
- In class we learned how to construct a useful hierarchy for organizing our course information. Now we are going to put that into play. There are two key features of the Blackboard portfolio that we will use for this: folders and binders. Folders will be used for non-course organization. Binders will be used for course-related organization. For example, you might create a folder called “Spring 2008″ in which you would include a binder called “Intro to Writing Arts.” Learn how to Add Folders and Add Binders.
- Once you have read through the pages, create your hierarchy, including folders that represent your educational timeline by structuring the organization of your portfolio. Inside the preset “Classes” folder, create binders for each course you think you will need to take in your remaining time at Rowan, and put them in the proper Folder. To learn more about what courses are required, see the Writing Arts major requirements. I realize that you may not know exactly when you will be taking specific classes, so try to get as close as possible to what you think you will take and when.
- Once you have completed your final essay for this module, put it in the Intro to Writing Arts folder. Only Microsoft Word documents will be accepted.You can learn how to Add Files to a Binder.
- Add Dr. Wolff as a Guest Portfolio Reviewer of your portfolio so he is able to see your organizational structure and read your paper. You will be asked for his username; it is: wolffw. Read about how to add a Guest Portfolio Reviewer.
- Email Dr. Wolff when you have completed Step 5 letting him know that you are (finally!) done.
- Sit back and be proud of yourself.