Upon logging in for the first time, the first thing you'll see is a section labeled "My ePortfolios." To create an ePortfolio...
Click on the green "+" icon next to "My ePortfolios"
Add the title of your ePortfolio
For some best practices and naming conventions, please see ePortfolio Title
Choose a template
Templates are pre-made structures that give you a starting point to build from instead of creating everything from scratch (Note: availability varies by school). "Create from Scratch," allows you the most control over how your content is organized and is available by default. For the purpose of this quick-start guide, we will be using this function.
Choose A Theme
If your school has a theme available for use that you like, you can select it here or you can customize your own. Since we are creating an ePortfolio from scratch, you'll be using the default theme, which is why the "Use selected template's theme," option is checked off.
The permissions area is where you'll decide who gets to see your ePortfolio as it's being created. "Private to me," makes it only viewable to you, unless additional permissions are added for select users and groups. "Private within Your School," makes your ePortfolio visible to everyone with access to Digication at your school. "Public," makes your ePortfolio available to the world and searchable by Google. Simply select the access you feel most comfortable with, unless you've been given specific instructions to share your ePortfolio with a professor or course, in which case you'll want to click on "Custom Permissions."
If you've been instructed by your professor to share your ePortfolio with a specific user, group, or course, then this is where you're going to do so. Simply search for the individual or group and they will display in a drop-down where you can click on them and they'll be granted viewing access to the ePortfolio.
Enable or Restrict Tagging
Tags are keywords that you or others who have access to your ePortfolio can assign to the ePortfolio pages. Tags can make it easier to find individual pages of the e-portfolio when searching the ePortfolio directory. You can turn tagging on or off at any time, so select what you're comfortable with now and move on to the next step.
Choose Comments Settings
Comment settings allow you to choose who can comment on your work. Unless you've been given specific instructions regarding this by your faculty, you can select whatever options you're most comfortable with before moving onto the next step.
Enable or Disable Conversations
Conversations is a great feature that allows users to comment on specific portions of text within an ePortfolio and interact with each other through the ePortfolio. If this sounds like it might be useful to you, you can enable it. Otherwise you can simply click on "Create New ePortfolio," and you're done!