ePortoflio in Canvas

The ePortfolio is a digital repository for documenting and connecting learning experiences throughout a student's education. The ePortfolio encourages students to have a broad perspective on the big picture and promotes a more integrated individual. The University of North Texas uses ePortfolio technology for students to connect what they learn inside and outside the classroom and apply this learning to impact their future. Career Connect worked with Canvas and Foliotek to create a seamless transition when applying ePortfolio technology to your course to simplify the process of tracking student progress and grading assignments. 

 

Introduction to Communication
COMM 1010

Skills assessed: teamwork

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Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain launched a community service project called Advocacy in Action. Students work with Denton-based organizations to help meet a need (i.e. food pantry supply collection, items needed for women’s shelters or local shelters, donation collection/drive, etc.). The team-based projects that support these organizations are built into the curriculum of the course and serve as assignments for a grade as well as products for the ePortfolio. Nearly 1,000 students over two semesters had the opportunity to grow their teamwork skills by aiding local organizations.

 

Foundations for Design
ART 1450

Skills assessed: critical thinking

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James Thurman leads this large multi-section course with instructors and has students work with different thrift stores in Denton to obtain supplies students can up-cycle. Students are given an objective, for example, to design a costume. They use scrap materials to create something meaningful and valuable. Once the project is complete, students return their finished product to the source. They submit their products to the ePortfolio with their design process while recognizing the role of being able to return their upcycled product back to the community.

 

Spanish for Social Services
SPAN 3520

Skills assessed: teamwork, critical thinking, oral communication 

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Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros has students partner with United Way of Denton and partner organizations to help with translation and to welcome clients when they come in for tax preparation. Students benefit by communicating in Spanish in real-life situations and understand the role of these organizations within the community. Dr. Weltman-Cisnerosalso requires  students to write reflections on their experience in Spanish throughout the semester, easily bringing together curricular goals with the service-learning experience. 

 

Content Development for Digital Media Arts
MRTS 3525

Skills assessed: critical thinking, written communication 

Frances Perkins’ students create reels and produce films for different departments on campus as well as other organizations in the community. Students write the script, shoot the video, and edit it. At the end of the semester, Perkins showcases student work at a public screening making this experience as “real” as possible. 

   
       

Introduction to Communication
COMM 1010

Skills assessed: teamwork

Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain launched a community service project called Advocacy in Action. Students work with Denton-based organizations to help meet a need (i.e. food pantry supply collection, items needed for women’s shelters or local shelters, donation collection/drive, etc.). The team-based projects that support these organizations are built into the curriculum of the course and serve as assignments for a grade as well as products for the ePortfolio. Nearly 1,000 students over two semesters had the opportunity to grow their teamwork skills by aiding local organizations.

Foundations for Design
ART 1450

Skills assessed: critical thinking

James Thurman leads this large multi-section course with instructors and has students work with different thrift stores in Denton to obtain supplies students can up-cycle. Students are given an objective, for example, to design a costume. They use scrap materials to create something meaningful and valuable. Once the project is complete, students return their finished product to the source. They submit their products to the ePortfolio with their design process while recognizing the role of being able to return their upcycled product back to the community.

Spanish for Social Services
SPAN 3520

Skills assessed: teamwork, critical thinking, oral communication 

Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros has students partner with United Way of Denton and partner organizations to help with translation and to welcome clients when they come in for tax preparation. Students benefit by communicating in Spanish in real-life situations and understand the role of these organizations within the community. Dr. Weltman-Cisnerosalso requires  students to write reflections on their experience in Spanish throughout the semester, easily bringing together curricular goals with the service-learning experience. 

Content Development for Digital Media Arts
MRTS 3525

Skills assessed: critical thinking, written communication 

Frances Perkins’ students create reels and produce films for different departments on campus as well as other organizations in the community. Students write the script, shoot the video, and edit it. At the end of the semester, Perkins showcases student work at a public screening making this experience as “real” as possible. 

   
   
   

 

Helpful Videos: Using the ePortfolio with Students in Canvas

All videos listed below will discuss how to use the ePortfolio in Canvas without directly linking an individual student's submission to the gradebook. You can, however, create an assignment and link it to the ePortfolio for students to complete. The note of importance is that you will still have to view the submissions directly in the ePortfolio in order to complete grading. If you would like to view and grade in Canvas, we encourage you to use the videos listed below to orient yourself to Foliotek and then visit the next set of videos on this page that detail how to link your assignment to the gradebook. 

  • This video will provide an overview of the icons and features of UNT's ePortfolio: Foliotek 

    https://youtu.be/eDwjvDukvRQ
     

  • Make Foliotek available to your students by adding it to the navigation menu in Canvas. This video will show you how:

    https://youtu.be/wS6nt-kPyJw
     

  • You may want to create an assignment for your students. There are two types: an ePortfolio and a project. The following videos will show you how to create these assignments for your students.

    ePortfolio Template: https://youtu.be/fnr-Wks4TEQ
    Project Template: https://youtu.be/2e0D5uAi6aE
     

  • Once you have created the assignment in Foliotek, you may want to make it available to your students in Canvas. The video below will discuss how to do this. Please note, this will not link an individual student's submission/work to the gradebook and only creates the column.

    https://youtu.be/jkJyBw0JJdc
     

  • If you offer your students an assignment with using Foliotek, you can view their results and grade them in Canvas. This video will show you how: 

    https://youtu.be/D1S6706NFzQ
     

  • If a student submits a project before they are done working on it and you need to make it available to them again, this video will show you how to do that: 

    https://youtu.be/mVqk6wMWQsY
     

  • Career Connect also offers a student pathway with assignments that introduce students to career preparation, personal branding, research and academic planning, and more. As an ePortfolio user, you can create assignments in your course using pathway items. This video will detail how you can add pathway assignments and make it part of your gradebook.

    https://youtu.be/3ab8LLFdeU0

Creating a "Linked" Foliotek Assignment in Canvas

The videos below will show you how to create a project or assignment that is also linked directly to the gradebook in Canvas. The difference in these steps is you must work with Career Connect because the assignments created in the ePortfolio have to be authorized for use in Canvas. This administrative step cannot be automated. The benefits of using projects that are linked to Canvas are:

  • A reduction of steps for students to follow in order to access and start an assignment
  • Grading takes place in a single location
  • Submitted projects can be viewed directly in Speed Grader

The following videos will show you how to take a project you created in Foliotek and link it to your assignment in Canvas, and detail the process of grading.