The DU Portfolio Community 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.
The new version of our Portfolio system has been rebuilt from the ground up in order to modernize the codebase and to embrace changes taking place in web technology. In consideration of this, we have made some decisions around which features to keep in the new system, which should be discarded, and which would work better in some other form.
This guide will assist in resolving common sticking points for users used to the old system.
Information you need to know surrounding supported platforms and technologies.
Supported Web Browsers
The new DU Portfolio has been built with a modern web experience and mobile connectivity in mind. Because of this – we only support modern, standards-compliant desktop browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer 10 (along with most all smartphone and tablet based browsers). If you have any problems with Portfolio – be sure you are using one of the browsers listed here.
Personal portfolios are those which are tied to individual student, staff, faculty, or alumni.
Banner Titles and Personal Photos
In the old system, you had the option turning off the visibility of both your Personal Photo and Portfolio Title. The new system does not allow this. You should verify that your current Portfolio Banner looks okay in the new system and make adjustments if necessary.
You can now update your name through our system rather than having to go to myWeb. This can be done via your Portfolio Settings.
“View As” Mode
There are no longer separate modes for viewing your portfolio as “Private”, “Public”, and “University”. With the ability to create custom privacy groups, this feature was no longer valid and has been removed. The ability to assign any of these privacy groups remains.
There are no longer separate modes for editing and viewing your portfolio. Every action is accessible from your portfolio so long as you are logged in and have to rights to edit it.
WYSIWYG HTML Formatting
We originally did not include a text format editor as part of the portfolio system because such controls can interfere with the responsive nature of the new Portfolio and cause significant problems when content is pasted in from external applications such as Microsoft Word. Based upon user feedback, we have re-introduced a basic formatting editor via text items – though we would caution users from doing much formatting beyond anything this simple as it could impact how a portfolio appears on various devices if used inappropriately.
When pasting in iframe embeds – be sure to paste them in the code window accessible through the “Source code” button in the toolbar.
Majors and Email Addresses
Major declaration and email address are no longer displayed on the banner alongside your name. However – we now allow a tagline to be inserted which can contain whatever information you wish. Find this option under your Portfolio Settings.
The Community Networking feature has been dropped. With the explosion of social networking services over the last few years, we have opted to connect to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ through a series of small badges which can be enabled through modification of your Portfolio Settings.
Add a URL
URL is no longer a separate Item type and has been merged with Text. You can now simply add URLs within the text of an Item and optionally include an automatically generated link preview from the system.
Video and Audio
Video and audio files no longer play back in a dedicated component and rely upon the web browser’s core capabilities with fallback to Flash Player, if necessary. If the file cannot be played back using either of these mechanisms – users are given the option to download for local playback.
Item and Page URLs
Main Portfolio URLs will remain the same in the new system as in the old. However, direct links to certain items and pages will have changed in the transition.
Community portfolios are not representative of a specific person – but rather are meant to be used by groups of people, committees, departments, organizations, et cetera.
Request a Community Portfolio
Formal requests are no longer necessary to form a Community Portfolio. DU community members can now instantly create communities from the Home area.
The Community Search option is no longer supported in the new Portfolio system. Users are encouraged to use the general search available in the system banner.
Community Membership Options
Options for applying for membership in a community or allowing self-enrollment are no longer supported. Community Managers are responsible for managing the members of any particular community through Community Settings.
Calendars have been replaced by Events that can be added anywhere in your Portfolio just like any other item type. RSVP is no longer supported and has been removed from previously declared Events. If users are in need of advanced features like RSVP – we suggest using a service which focuses on such functionality and linking that into the content. If Community Managers are in need of data, contact the OTL and we can provide that data in some other form.
Forums and Evaluations
Forums and Evaluations are no longer supported and any existing ones have been removed. We suggest that if users are in need of such services that systems which focus on such things be employed and linked through URL or embed within the portfolio content. If Community Managers are in need of data, contact the OTL and we can provide that data in some other form.
Email Community Members
Email through the system is no longer supported. We do provide a list of email addresses that can be copied for use in your email client of choice.
Guest Accounts must now use email addresses for login IDs. If there are past accounts with the same email address used multiple times, the original login ID will be used.
Course Portfolios are no longer supported as the university has a number of approved Course Managements Systems already in place to support teaching in this manner. If desired, faculty may create a Community Portfolio through which they have the option of importing student lists from a course in order to establish membership.
Gradebooks are no longer supported as this should be managed through approved Course Managements Systems already in place. If Community Managers are in need of data, contact the OTL and we can provide that data in some other form.