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Blackboard Portfolio Overview


Portfolios are an invaluable tool in academic and professional development. They provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement. Portfolio authors are empowered with tools to effectively present their information in a cohesive, personalized format.


Enable Portfolios on The Course Site

Portfolios are available on Blackboard but default disabled in individual course sites

  • To turn Portfolios on in a Blackboard Course Site:
    • Go to the Course Management Menu
    • Select Customization
    • Select Tool Availability

Screenshot of the course management menu, select Customization, Select Tool Availablity

  • Scroll down the Tool List and check the Portfolios and Portfolios Homepage availability boxes, select Submit

screenshot of the tool availability page

Course Tool Access

  • Portfolios that are shared with the Instructor can be accessed in the Course Management Menu


If no Portfolios are shared with the course, then there will be nothing to view on this screen


  • Select Course Tools
  • Select Course Portfolios

screenshot of Course Management menu with Course Tools and Course Portfolio highlighted

Grade Center Access

Submitted Portfolios can be viewed in the Grade Center like any Assignment

Create a Button in the Course Menu to Link to Portfolios

  • Select the “+” symbol in the upper left hand corner of the Course Menu
  • Select Tool Link

screenshot: select + symbol in upper left hand corner of course menu; select Tool Link

  • A new box will appear. Type the Name you would like the link to have.
  • For Type, select the drop-down menu and select the Tool you would like to link to.  In this example we select Portfolio Homepage.
  • Select Available for Users to allow students to see this button
  • Select Submit

screenshot of the Add Tool Link Popup Box with Portfolio as the Name and Portfolio Homepage as the Type

  • The new button will default appear on the bottom of the Course Menu list, reorder if preferred

screenshot of new Portfolio Button

  • Click on link to verify it works


Portfolios can be accessed in the Course Content Menu

  • Select Tools
  • Select Portfolios Homepage (Click image for larger view)

screenshot of Blackboard. In the content menu Tools is highlighted. On the Tools page, Portfolios Home is highlighted.

For Assistance

Help Desk (Zone at the ILC):