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Getting Started with DU Portfolio A 7-Step Guide

What is DU Portfolio?

DU Portfolio is a fully developed web-based application that supports the academic community with a searchable database of electronic portfolios for students, faculty, staff and alumni, and communities. Any person with a DU ID number and pass code may develop a DU portfolio by logging in at https://portfolio.du.edu, and DU alumni have access to the application for life!

Step 1: Log in at portfolio.du.edu using your 87# and pass code.

Note: The login page includes a randomly generated selection of 6 featured example portfolios. Be sure to visit each, or click the link to view all of the featured portfolios for more ideas of what you can create.

Step 2: Get familiar with your DU Portfolio dashboard

The DU Portfolio dashboard is organized into three areas including: My Portfolio, Communities You Manage, and Community Memberships. If you haven't yet created a personal or community portfolio, you'll see buttons to get started creating them instead.

Every DU Portfolio user can create 1 personal portfolio site. Users are also able to create multiple "community" portfolios for various purposes. We'll get into the differences in more detail after setting up a personal portfolio.

Step 3: Create your personal portfolio

By default, every new portfolio site will include one page, with one navigation tab for accessing it. You can add pages to your portfolio using the "Add Content" tool in the top navigation menu. The navigation of tabs on your page will also default to a left-side placement. You can opt for a top of the page placement through the "Settings" tool. New portfolio pages will always be set up with a single column layout - however, you can choose from 5 other layout options using the "Page Layout" tool. Content already on a page will automatically shift into the farthest column to the left when changing layouts. You can drag and drop content items into the column (or page) that you'd like it to display in.

Note: DU Portfolio is NOT a file management system. Rather, it is intended to provide you with an outlet for visually representing your experiences and skills. If you delete something from a portfolio page, you will not be able to retrieve it later, so be sure to save original copies of your work off-line!

Step 4: Personalize your portfolio

Use the "Settings" tool to access options for customizing your portfolio site. This is where you can change aspects like the name, URL, style, and theme of your portfolio. You can also change the placement of your tab navigation, create custom security groups, and make your portfolio visible to search engines.

Use the "Banner & Image" tool to add a photograph of yourself, and/or a top level banner image. You can also modify alignment of your portfolio title, and add links to your social media accounts.

Note: All banner items including a profile photo will appear at the top of every page within your portfolio. If you prefer to create page specific banners, be sure to do so within the content rather than at the overall portfolio banner level.

Step 5: Add content to your portfolio

Use the "Add Content" tool to create text items, upload images and files, or embed projects that you've created using external authoring tools (like Canva, Piktochart, Google Slides, Prezi, etc.). You can also upload .pdf's and display them directly within a portfolio page to add visual content to otherwise text-heavy materials. Use the folder items to organize larger groups of content and/or to create sub-pages within your portfolio site.

Note: You are required to select a security level for every new item that you add/create in your portfolio site. Private content will not be visible to anyone other than you (consider this a "draft" mode). Public content will be visible to anyone with the link to your portfolio site. University content will only be visible to people who are able to log in (using an 87# and password) to the DU Portfolio application. You can also create custom security groups through the Settings tool if needed.

The "Add Content" tool also includes options for adding pages to your portfolio. You can add a blank page, or choose one of the template pages from the library provided.

Note: New pages will automatically appear below the last page in a left-aligned navigation menu, or to the right in a top-aligned navigation menu. You can drag and drop new pages to rearrange the order as desired.

Step 6: Create a "Community" portfolio

Use the "Home" button at the very top of your portfolio to navigate back to your dashboard. Then, click "Create a Community Portfolio." Community Portfolios are very similar to personal portfolios with 2 major differences: 1) You can create several community portfolios, 2) you can enroll other people with various roles into your community portfolios (more on this below).

Choose a Community Name and URL for your new community portfolio site. You'll also need to check the box agreeing to abide by the DU Honor Code, DU Portfolio Use Policies, and DU's Fair Use Policies before continuing. Click on the links within the instructions for each to read them in full.

Note: URL's cannot contain any spaces or special characters. You may also be prompted to provide a different URL if someone has already used the same one in the past.

You can add members to a community portfolio using the "Manage Members" tool located at the bottom of your community portfolio site. Type in the full name of the member you'd like to add (they must be a DU Portfolio user with either an 87# or a guest account), then click the plus button next to their name when it appears in the search window.

Note: Members can hold one of three roles within a community. A community "Member" will be able to see any of the content that you set to a "Community" level of security. A "Contributer" will be able to add content to the community, but will not be able to edit or delete any content. A "Folder Contributer" will only be able to add content to folders within the community portfolio site. "Manager" will be able to add, edit, or delete any content within the community (including deleting the entire thing).

Step 7: Open your portfolio(s)!

Regardless of which security setting you've chosen for the content and/or pages of your portfolio site, no one will be able to see any of it until you open it up. Be sure to use the "Settings" tool to open your portfolio for viewing once it's ready to go!

Please contact us at otl@du.edu with any questions!

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Heather Tobin
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