2. Creating your New ePortfolio Page
Posted by , Last modified by Melinda Barnsley on 25 May 2017 02:30 PM

Watch this video to learn how to create your ePortfolio Page, and add files and folders.

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A description on how to create a new ePortfolio Page and use the block options.

 

  1. Login to myPlymouth

  2. Select the myCourses tab and the myCourses window appears.

  3. In the right column of the window, in the myLearning section, click on Mahara (ePortfolio) You will now be looking at your Mahara portfolio's homepage.

  4. Click the Portfolio tab.

 

The Portfolio tab has six sub-tabs but the first sub-tab is Pages. This is where you choose and arrange artifacts to create your ePortfolio Page.

Pages:

  1. Click "Pages" under the Portfolio tab.

  2. You will see two default pages: First is the Dashboard page.  This is the homepage you land on when you first log into Mahara.  The secondpage is Profile page.  This is the page all of PSU community (faculty, alumni, administration, and students) can see when they click on your name or profile picture.

  3. Click the "Create Page" button, in the upper right side of screen, to create a new portfolio page.  No one has access to this page unless you give them access or send them the secret URL corresponding to this portfolio page.

  4. The first tab (Title and Description) for the new portfolio page is automatically opened.  Enter in the Title. The description is optional. Click the "Save" button.

  5. The second tab (Edit Layout) is skipped when creating a new page.  The default layout is three columns each a third of the size of the page.  If you want to change the layout to have different size columns or multiple rows. Click the "Edit Layout" tab.  Select predefined layouts or click "Create custom layout". If you create your own custom layout, don't forget to click the "Create new layout" button on right.  This will display your new layout as an option and select it for use.  When done your selection, click the "Save" button.

  6. You will automatically be sent to the third tab (Edit Content) when creating a new page.  This is where you organize your artifacts within blocks.  On the left side of the screen is a list of all the different kinds of block types.  If a block type has a triangle in the lower right side, it means you can expand that block type for additional options.

Description of each block type:

Most block types have these similar configurations:

  1. Change the title of the block or to "no title" by deleting the existing title text. 

    In some blocks, you need to click "Set a block title" under Block Title to change the title.

  2. Upload a file(s) from your computer.

  3. Retract the block manually, automatically or never (default).  After you save your changes, test the retractable option by clicking the "Display Page" tab next to "Edit Content" tab.  Click the "Edit" button in the upper right side of screen to get back into "Edit" mode.

  4. Always save what you have changed by clicking the "Save" button.

  5. Edit each file by clicking the pencil icon between to file name and 'select' button.  This is where you can change the file name, provide descriptions for images, and turn off comments which makes the page look professional. Viewers can always leave feedback at the bottom of the page if you are wanting feedback. Click the "Save Changes" button when changes are completed for a file.

  6. Click "Show Description" to ON, if you want to display any descriptions you added to images.

  7. Setting up a block on your portfolio page. When you see your cursor turn into a crosshairs symbol   , you can drag and drop that block or block type into an area on the page that appears with dash lines and filled with a light color as the cursor hovers over the area. Something like this: New Block Symbol. Once you drop the block, the block type selection screen will open up. Or you can click on the block type and a window will open up to ask you where you want to position the block.  Click the “Add” button to complete the location and the block type selection screen will open up.  Most people prefer the drag and drop feature.

 

Block Types:

 

  1. Image: This is for displaying a single image block. Click the "Select" button to choose the single image you want displayed for viewers. Click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

  2. Media contains six block options

    1.  File(s) to download: Select as many files you would like to be listed for viewers to download.  It lists the file icon, file name, size of file, create date, and a link to more details of file. Click the "Save" button to save your selection.
    2. Folder: Select a folder that you would like to list the folder's files for viewers to download. It lists the file icon and file name.  This has a cleaner look than the "File(s) to download" option. Click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

    3. Image Gallery: This is for displaying multiple images in one block.  You can select via the "Image Selection", all images by choosing from one of your folders, choosing multiple individual images or multiple images from an external gallery.  Click the radio button you want under the "Image Selection" Title. You can also select display style.  The options are either Thumbnails (Square - this is the default) or Slideshow.  Click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

    4. Embedded Media: Do NOT use this option.  Instead use External: External Media.

    5. PDF: This is for displaying a PDF file so viewers don't have to download a file and can view right on your portfolio page. It only allows you to select on PDF file at a time. Click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

    6.  Some HTML: We don't use this option often. You can use it to upload individual HTML pages, but not in order to upload a complete site. 

  3. Journals: It contains four block options that are Journal, Journal Entry, Recent Journal Entries and Tagged Journal Entries.  These are used to incorporate any journals or their entries from the Content:Journal sub-tab that you would like to display to viewers. After selecting your choice, click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

  4. General contains seven block options:

    1. Creative Commons license: Use this block if you have a Creative Commons license and want viewers to contact you regarding your license.

    2. Navigation: Use this block if you have a ePortfolio Collection (a number of pages under on title) you want viewers to see from this ePortfolio Page.

    3. Plans: Use this block to incorporate any plans you have stored in your content section.

    4. Recent Forum Posts: This is for displaying any recent forum posts you want to share on this ePortfolio page.

    5. Note: This the most used of the General options.  It used to be called Text Boxes and showed at the beginning of the main block options.  This is used to write text, create links, insert pictures amongst text, and other text type options.  Make sure you turn the comments to Off and don't for get to click the "Save" button when done.

    6. Facebook Like: This is available if you want your viewers to be able to go to Facebook while viewing your ePortfolio page.

    7. Twitter Tweet: This is available if you want your viewers to be able to go to Tweet while viewing your ePortfolio page.

  5. Personal Info contains five block options that are Profile Information, Social Media, My Entire Resume, One Resume Field or LinkedIn Profile.  These are used to incorporate any profile information you entered in your Content:Profile sub-tab that you would like to display to viewers. After selecting your choice, click the "Save" button to save your configuration.

  6. External contains three block options:

    1.  External Feed: Use this block to insert an RSS or ATOM feed.
    2. External Media: This is used the most out of the three blocks.  This is how you insert a video or movie without using your file space.  Copy the video's embedded code or URL and paste in the field titled "URL or embed code". Click the "Save" button to save your changes.  You can use videos from YouTube, Kaltura, and Vimeo to name a few.

    3. Google Apps: This block is so you can embed Google books, calendar, docs and maps. Insert the embedded code or URL in the field titled "Embed code or URL". Click the "Save" button to save your changes.

  7. Theme: This is not a block but a way to change the color of the background and text on you page. NOTE: Please remember that if you have a collection of pages, you must change each page's theme individually so they are consistent.

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