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Introduction to D2L's ePortfolio

This guide is designed to introduce you to the basics of creating an ePortfolio.

Uploading Artifacts

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Video 2 Transcript: Uploading Artifacts

Hello everyone, today we’re going to talk about an important part of your e-portfolio, uploading artifacts.

Artifacts are things that represent the work that you’ve done during your studies.

It showcases what you know and how you know it.

In other words, artifacts are the evidence to back up your claim to mastering the skills you’ve learned here at MTSU.

Artifacts can be any type of digital media: a picture, a spreadsheet, a PowerPoint, links to outside media like YouTube videos or Sound Cloud files.

Many times in MTEngage classes, your instructor will require you to add specific artifacts to your portfolio, and for the scholarship you will want to have artifacts which support the content you are posting in response to each question in the template we downloaded last time.

So first, we are going to learn how to upload an artifact to our E-portfolio system.

I want to go to D2L and click on the E-portfolio tab, which is the second tab in the upper left corner, under the True Blue Learning Banner.

You should be taken to your E-portfolio news feed; a space which reminds you of a social media news feed.

Something to be aware of: your E-portfolio is a separate space from all your D2L classes.

This is great, because at the end of the semester, your previous classes will disappear, meaning anything you haven’t saved is lost.

The E-portfolio space, on the other hand, never goes away: you have access to it for your entire time at MTSU and for up to five years after you graduate.

This means that it’s a good idea to add your artifacts to your E-portfolio often, so that you don’t lose your content at the end of the semester.

There are three ways to add content to your EPortfolio.

As you look at your E-portfolio news feed, there should be a large box at the top which asks “What are you learning?” Directly underneath this box is a button which says add files.

When you click on the add files tab, the box should change to a grey space with a white box and an upload button.

You have two options here. The system allows for dragging and dropping, so if you have the file on your desktop or in an open file folder, you could drag the file into the space.

You could also select the upload button in the middle of the box and find the file manually on your computer.

First I am going to drag and drop my file into the E-portfolio upload space.

You should see the file appear in the box with a blue type under the upload button.

Most important is that once you see the file has uploaded, you need to click on the Upload to EPortfolio button directly underneath your document for it to save in the EPortfolio space.

Second is to find the document manually. I’m going to click on the upload button, find my file, hit open, and again, add to EPortfolio.

There is also a third way to upload content to your EPortfolio, which is to click on the my Items Tab.

The My Items tab is in the second row of tabs from the top of the page, directly under the True Blue Learning Banner.

Once the My Items tab loads, you should have a third row of tabs, the first being Add.

Here you can see that we have more selections than just adding documents: we can add links, online content, and course results.

Again, when you select the type of content you wish to add, there will be a new dialogue box with further directions on how to add more content.

One thing users often forget is that you cannot add a document to any of your EPortfolio templates or presentations without first uploading it to the Eportfolio system.

This is why I call this section the newsfeed: you should add new events and content here before you begin working on your project.

Remember that you can add any type of digital content to your EPortfolio, including digital images, PowerPoints, Excel Spreadsheets, Links to other websites, and embedded codes for video files.

Now that you know how to add content, enjoy collecting artifacts for your EPortfolio.