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The OTL is pleased to announce a major update to DU Portfolio! The largest change in this release is that we’ve completely redesigned how the banner area of a portfolio is managed and customized. There is now a dedicated area for any tasks dealing with banner content. In addition, you now have complete control over the upload and cropping of your banner background and personal photo. Anything that has to do with the banner can all be controlled from a single, highly usable area accessible from our new control bar. The control bar replaces the previous edit and management button overlays within the banner area – provided a much cleaner experience!

Here is a rundown of what’s new for this release:

  • Banner management area – extended banner control options
  • Portfolio management option have been relocated from within the banner area to above it into a much more usable control bar
  • Banner alignment options: left, center, or right alignment for banner content
  • Social media badges have been relocated to the top of the portfolio, beneath the banner
  • Dedicated Embed item type: more easily embed external services within your portfolio
  • Dedicated Inline PDF item type: upload PDF for rendering inline
  • Updated cropping library for both banner and personal photo uploads
  • When not using a banner background – the banner is more integrated into your portfolio
  • Item security settings can now be changed from the Page level
  • Community Portfolio member management options are now located beneath a portfolio
  • You can now view all Featured Portfolios from a link on the login page
  • Overall DU Portfolio background is lighter – no more “brown” color
  • Miscellaneous other tweaks and improvements

These features include many that have been directly requested by faculty, staff, and students over the past 6 months. We hope you enjoy these updates!

DU Portfolio community members Cristin Espinoza and Andi Schlut have been recognized with the Distinguished Public Good Scholar award in recognition of outstanding critical reflection on community-engaged experiences that contribute to the public good. Their excellent portfolios had much to do with this award. We extend congratulations to Cristin and Andi on their achievements!


From Pathways to the Public Good:

A DU education offers students community-engaged opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the public good across their professional and civic lives. Students work in mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with communities both in and out of the classroom. From community-engaged FSEMs and capstone projects to multi-year civic, diversity, and leadership development programs, community-engaged opportunities span the undergraduate experience. This Pathways to the Public Good Project provided a way for students to receive mentorship from faculty to reflect on community-engaged experiences, make meaning of the sum of their work, and integrate their learning. Students had the opportunity to reflect on their public identities and potential to contribute to the public good.

Students participating in the project registered for a one credit independent study (SS 3890 – Public Good Pathways). The culminating product of the independent study was the development of an ePortfolio. The purpose of the ePortfolio was to serve as a demonstration of the integration of students’ learning across their DU experiences, especially as they related to their contributions to the public good and their development of a public good identity.

All students participating in the project were recognized as Public Good Scholars at the annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony. The top three students were honored as Distinguished Public Good Scholars.


The OTL is pleased to announce the release of a brand-new DU Portfolio system – now available for all DU community members to use.

DU Portfolio 2013

The DU Portfolio is a popular web application which allows DU students, staff, faculty, and alumni to build up their own personal portfolios and participate in community portfolios using an uncomplicated, yet powerful interface. When the OTL originally developed the DU Portfolio Community back in 2002, it worked quite well across all screens… because the only screens around were attached to desktop computers. The variety of web-enabled devices since that time has exploded – and systems such as Portfolio must adapt.

Mobile DU Portfolio 2013In order to keep this popular teaching and learning resource relevant, the OTL has been working to build a new version of the Portfolio system from the ground up and embrace these changes in technology. The rebuilt Portfolio employs responsive web design concepts which enable the structure and content to easily adapt to any screen; whether it is viewed on desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. Every aspect of the system has been re-examined with simplicity and usability in mind.

Students use Portfolio to organize and display course work they are proud of. When graduation approaches, they can build out a professional portfolio – seeking out targeted employment.

Faculty use Portfolio to showcase their credentials, publications, and research activities. Some have used it to make certain course materials available to students. It is also useful for students researching colleges to discover just what their potential instructors are like.

Staff members use Portfolio to showcase their work at DU and to participate in community portfolios.

Alumni use Portfolio to retain a public presence at DU and to participate in various community organizations.

Even though all of your data from the old system has been preserved, we suggest that everyone take some time to edit the items in each portfolio as certain items are represented differently in the new system to allow for this more modern, responsive design.

The OTL has authored a number of useful documents and video recordings in our knowledge base which can assist you in getting started with your Portfolio – and even help when transitioning from the previous Portfolio system.

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