• Updates for 2018-19

    We have updated our most popular guides for Moodle 2018-19. The remaining guides will be updated throughout the summer.

ePortfolios

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This year, we’ve moved our ePortfolio system onto CampusPress. It’s a system based on WordPress, with extra class management features. You can log in using your regular Roehampton username and password at http://eportfolios.roehampton.ac.uk. Once you’ve set up your site, you can also access it on mobile.
They maintain a very good help guide at http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/. We’ve pulled out the most commonly asked questions below.
If you can’t find what you need, contact us.


Getting started for staff

There are many reasons to using blogs or ePortfolios for assessment. The benefits and challenges are nicely summed up on this guide by the University of New South Wales.

To get yourself and your class set up on the ePortfolio system, please contact your eLearning adviser.

Once you are set up, here’s the basics to get started:

Your class will be set up by your eLearning adviser. Here’s how to manage it:

  • My Class overview
  • Set up moderation: when your deadline is reached, you will need to turn on moderation. Students will then be unable to make changes to their post and page content. (If you have a student with an extension, you can approve their changes).

Getting started for students

You will be told by your tutors if you need to use the ePortfolios site. If you already have a University of Roehampton ePortfolio site with another module or for any other use you will need to set up a new ePortfolio site for another class (see Returning to ePortfolios below).

Accessing ePortfolios for the first time;

1. Accessing your ePortfolio account

  • Your account will be set up for you.
  • Open an up-to-date browser and type eportfolios.roehampton.ac.uk
  • Click Log In at the top left of the page
  • The username and password will be the same as your standard Roehampton login, so if you have password problems, contact the IT helpdesk.

2. Where is my ePortfolio site?

  • Once logged in you will be directed to the ePortfolios homepage. Go to the My Sites link at the top of the page and click on the My New Blog link.
  • This will take you to your own ePortfolios site. This will be where you will be undertaking the set activity for the module. You will know you are on this site because it will show the title of your site at the top of the page.

3. Rename your ePortfolio site title

  • Update your site title. Click on the Settings option in the side column.
  • Update the site title so that it reflects your name, module code and the year (e.g Paul Davies LAW020X123A 2016-17). You can also update your tagline which is a line that displays under your title to explain what your site is for and change the timezone to London.
  • Click Save changes at the bottom of the page.

4. Join your module’s class

In order for your lecturer to be able to grade and provide feedback for your work you will need to link your ePortfolios site to the class for the module.

  • Open up your blog dashboard under the My Sites menu at the top of the screen
  • Click My Class > Join a class
  • Search for your class. Your tutor will need to tell you the name to search for e.g law020n123a201617.
  • Click the link Send a request to join
  • When your tutor has approved your membership, you’ll get an email and a link to the class blog in your Dashboard. The class will display in the side column. You will only be able to see your peers work if your lecturer has decided to apply this setting.

Returning to ePortfolios?

If you already have an RU ePortfolio account with posts relating to another module (this year or previous years) you will need to create a new site;

Create a new ePortfolio site

  • Under Dashboard, click on My Sites.
  • Here you will see a list of the blogs you can access.
  • To start a new blog, click the link to Create A New Site.
  • On the next screen:
    • Give your site a name (letters and numbers only, no spaces) firstnamesurnamemodulecodeyear. This can’t be changed later, so choose carefully.
    • Choose a title so that it reflects your name, module code and the year e.g Paul Davies LAW020X123A 2016-17
    • Choose your privacy level (though if you join a class later, this setting may be overridden by your teacher).
    • Click the Create Site button at the bottom of the page.
  • The screen will show you the new blog link. Click the link to go to your new blog.
  • The new blog will now appear in the My Sites menu at the top of the screen. You can switch between your blogs by clicking on the titles at the top of the page.
  • Follow point 4. above to link to your module’s class.

Writing and publishing your work

You may want to write a blog, create a website, or build an ePortfolio. These guides will help you to get started:

Changing the appearance

Reading others posts, commenting on posts and viewing comments added to your posts

Your lecturer may have set up your ePortfolio to allow you to view the blog posts of others in your class, so you can comment on each others work. In order to do this please see the guidance below

Reading Others posts, Commenting on posts and Viewing comments added to your own posts

Exporting your blog before leaving the University

If you wish to make a copy of the blog you can do so by exporting the contents from your blog into a free WordPress site.

  1. You will need to set up the WordPress site first so go to https://wordpress.com/
  2. Go to Get Started in the top right corner of the page.
  3. Select the options based on your preference. You should then be able to select a free option to set up your blog.
  4. If you want your WordPress account to use the default theme that is given to you on your ePortfolio account I would recommend clicking on Themes in the side menu > search for the theme ‘Academica’. You can then click on the theme and choose to activate the design (it’s free). This is the design that is closest to the one used by us as a default in ePortfolios.
  5. Log into your original ePortfolio dashboard.
  6. Go to Tools > Export.
  7. Make sure you select All Content and then click on Download Export file and save the XML (WXR) file onto your computer.
  8. Go back to your new WordPress dashboard.
  9. Click on Settings and choose the Import tab
  10. Click Start import and upload the exported file that you saved to your computer
  11. The import may take a while if there is a lot to transfer over. Once it has been imported click Done.

ePortfolio (CampusPress) Submission Information

 

Students: Submitting your ePortfolio

If you have been requested to use an ePortfolio (CampusPress) site for an assessment then it very important that you follow the guidance below;

Submitting your work

Staff: Managing ePortfolio Submissions and Grading

If you are using ePortfolios as an assessment tool for your students then when your deadline is reached, you will need to turn on moderation. Students will then be unable to make changes to their post and page content. (If you have a student with an extension, you can amend their access to allow them to submit late). For information on how to do this please use the guidance below;

ePortfolios: Managing Submissions and Grading

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