Tools for Georgia Tech Students to Create ePortfolios

You can choose from many tools and platforms to create ePortfolios. Here we will only focus on tools that are available for Georgia Tech students.  

Portfolium (Folio@Canvas)

All Georgia Tech students can access and build their portfolios with a platform named Portfolium through “Folio” in Canvas. Students will keep access to their portfolios even after they graduate.  

screenshot of Canvas menu to create Folio (Portfolium)

 

Using Portfolium, students can create multiple projects with unlimited storage. They can upload or import their artifacts in various formats, including text documents, images, audio or video links, and many design file formats. For details on supported files and import sources, see here. Students can then write a description for the projects, add tags for skills, tools, and software, and add their teammates (if applicable) to the project.  

Each project in the student’s portfolio has a unique URL so that students can either share their entire ePortfolio or a specific project.

One nice feature of Portfolium is that it provides lots of ways for students to connect and share. For example, you can choose to share via social networks when publishing the project.  

 screenshot of publishing Folio and sharing with social network

Students can also invite each other to make comments underneath their projects.  


Another nice feature is that students can search for other’s ePortfolios by subjects or keywords. This searching feature is an excellent resource for students to get inspiration to build their ePortfolios. 

Here are some examples of ePortfolios created with Folio (Portfolium): 

A Collection of Portfolium ePortfolios of Mechanical Engineering 

A Collection of Portfolium ePortfolios of Business 

A collection of Portfolium ePortfolios of Art & Design 

Note: As of the day that this blog post is published (May 21st, 2021), under the Canvas “Account” section, there is another ePortfolio option called “ePortfolios.” Ignore it since it is soon to be removed. 

Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Spark 

Adobe Portfolio 

Adobe Portfolio is part of Adobe Creative Cloud. All current Georgia Tech students can access Adobe Creative Cloud on Georgia Tech-owned computers, labs, and the library. Once logged in to Creative Cloud with their GT (Georgia Tech) credentials, students will see the Portfolio link on the left side. Students can choose to create their entire portfolio site with Adobe Portfolio. Or they can choose to use Adobe Spark to create a portfolio.  

screenshot of Adobe creative cloud main menu

When choosing the Portfolio option, students can choose from a handful of templates to create the entire site or just the welcome page. You can have up to five portfolio sites with Adobe Portfolio.  

Also, remind students that once they leave the organization where the Adobe Creative Enterprise license is connected, they will have the option to transfer all their Adobe assets from the school account to their personal account 

 Once they decided on the template, students can continue building the site based on the template. Students can find that they have a lot of control over how the ePortfolio will look like. Students can create pages using pre-built ”blocks”: 

Of course, as Adobe’s own ePortfolio platform, it allows seamless integration with the students’ works from other Adobe tools and Behance: 

Screenshot of Integration with other work

Like a regular website, Adobe Portfolio does not allow others to post comments directly to the website, which can be a drawback if you want students to provide feedback on each other’s work.  

Adobe Spark 

Different from Adobe Portfolio, Spark is aimed at a much wider range of users. It provides various tools to make web pages, slideshow presentations, photo collages, videos, etc. Of course, students can then integrate all these developed elements into Spark pages to showcase projects or demonstrate skills.  

A unique feature of Spark is to create your own branding in one place, including page covers, video template, logo, and tagline.  

Students can easily apply the styles to all elements on the pages with one click with the branding sets.  

Students can also choose from over 40,000 Spark templates to get started. With the selected template, students can edit texts, including fonts, colors, effects, etc.  

Spark also allows students to invite others to edit their pages or send the pages to Google Drive.  

Like Adobe Portfolio, Spark does not allow direct comments on the web pages.  

Here are some examples and resources of creating ePortfolios with Adobe Spark or Adobe Portfolio: 

 

Gatech GitHub Pages

Attribution: Thanks to Tara Urner, a Georgia Tech Ph.D. student, for making corrections to the GitHub pages section of the original post, and providing additional information. 

GitHub Pages is another tool that Georgia Tech students can use to build their ePortfolios. Georgia Tech has its own enterprise license for GitHub, but GitHub itself is open source and powerful.  Students who have no computational background can jump in and build their portfolios in 20 minutes. Or students with the computational focus can go much deeper and make something much more advanced. To create GitHub pages, follow the instructions here. Once created, students can edit the page by going to the Settings section of the repo, then Pages–> Launch automatic page generator.  

The editing page uses Markdown instead of the normal HTML editor. This GitHub Markdown syntax cheat sheet provides a good guide to get started. 

In addition, students can choose from page templates provided by GitHub by clicking on “Continue to layouts.” Students can also use the customized domain names for their GitHub pages following the instruction here. Students can also invite others to edit a GitHub page repository under Settings > Manage access. GitHub Pages is a good way to collaborate on an ePortfolio because the Git structure will natively track who makes what changes, and allow you to roll back to earlier versions if something breaks.

Besides, Jekyll has provided a variety of themes to choose from, which includes a section just for portfolio themes. Currently (as of June 2021), the free portfolio themes are:

The advantage of using GitHub pages as an ePortfolio hosting platform is its flexibility of embedding code snippets using GitHub featured markdown. It also allows students to link their GitHub projects or shiny apps quickly from their pages.  

Here are some examples of resume or ePortfolios built with GitHub pages: 

Thomas Buhrmann’s Interactive Resume 

Krista DeStasio’s Projects 

An ePortfolio made with Gatech Github 

A Summary of Features for All Four Platforms 

In summary, all four platforms (Portfolium, Adobe ePortfolio, Adobe Spark, and GitHub) allow students to build their ePortfolios by adding their course works, projects, and reflections. They also each have their own features. Below is a table for feature comparison. 

 
Features Portfolium  Adobe ePortfolio  Adobe Spark  GitHub Gatech 
Cost for Gatech students  No cost 

No cost if students log into Adobe Creative Cloud from a Gatech lab or library computer 

 

No cost if students log into Adobe Creative Cloud from a Gatech lab or library computer 

 

 

No cost  
Permanent URL?  Yes  Yes, but students will need to purchase their own license after graduation and migrate their content. 

Yes, but students will need to purchase their own license after graduation and migrate their content. 

 

Yes 
Allow Direct Comments?  Yes  No  No  Some GitHub page themes allow comments and some don’t.
Invite others to edit? No No Yes Yes
The flexibility of the page design  limited  Pretty flexible  Very flexible  Very flexible  
Allow programming code embedding?  No  No  No  Yes 
Requirement for knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc.  Low  Medium  Medium  High 

Contact Us

If you are an instructor and have successfully used ePortfolio for your project, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to rui.hu@gatech.edu, and we might be able to feature your innovative usage in a future post.

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