Student Introduction to Digication and ePortfolio Environment
This course/and or program employs e-Portfolios, through Naropa’s e-Portfolio provider Digication, as a component of your teaching and learning.
What is an e-Portfolio?
E-Portfolios are online platforms for showcasing the achievements of your college journey, in individual classes as well as the larger curricular arc of your major. E-Portfolios provide an exciting new element for the classroom and make it easy for instructors and students to create and share learning experiences.
Naropa University provides a free Digication account to all undergraduate students. Your Digication account has already been established for you, but if you encounter an inability to login, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include you student ID and naropa email address and detail of the problem.
TO ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT:
1. Go to: http://naropa.digication.com, this is the login page. There is also a Digication link on My Naropa under “other services” on the student tab.
Helpful Tip: Take time to view the video on the Naropa Digication login page.
2. Username: Your user name is the beginning of your Naropa email address, generally first initial and last name, i.e. tsawyer.
3. Password: This will be the same as your my.naropa.edu password at the time your Digication account was created. Click “Remember me” and bookmark the page.
Helpful Tip: If login fails, you may not have an account due to waitlist registry, etc. E-mail email@example.com and include your student ID and the course that you wish to enroll in.
TO CHANGE YOUR DIGICATION PASSWORD:
Log in using your current username and password, as described above. Look at the navigation area at the uppermost right of the page for the words “Welcome, (your name).” Click on your name. This will take you to the EDIT USER PROFILE page. You should set a new password that is secure and easy for you to remember on this page as well as the name you prefer to be called. When you are done, scroll to the bottom of the page and press the “Save” button.
Helpful Tip: After hitting the save button you will be taken to your User Profile, click ‘Home’ in the uppermost left to navigate back to your Digication home page. This option will always be available in case you get lost.
IF YOU FORGET YOUR PASSWORD:
You will need to use Digication’s password recovery system by clicking the “Forgot your password? Click here.” link on the login page. You will receive the necessary instructions via email at your Naropa email account. Once you have created your new password check the “Remember me” box and bookmark this page.
You will automatically be directed to your Digication home page. You can always return to this home page by clicking the word “Home” in the navigation area at the uppermost left side of the page. On your home page you will see sections titled “My e-Portfolios,” “My Courses,” and more. In the “My Courses” section you should see the name for your course. Click on the course to enter the course pages.
Helpful Tip: If your course does not appear in the “My Courses” section you may add the course manually by clicking the “Find” button and searching for the letter/number designation of the course, i.e. “PSYB425”, or scrolling through the course listings. Please note that adding the Digication course to your “My Courses” does NOT enroll you in the course with the Registrar.
That is only done through my.naropa.edu and the Registrar’s office: https://my.naropa.edu/ICS/Student/Registration/Register_for_Classes_and_Academic_Information.jnz]
TO CREATE AN e-Portfolio FOR THIS COURSE:
Once in the course pages click on the tab titled ‘e-Portfolios’. Then find the “Template Portfolio” for this course. This e-Portfolio has been designed as a template for this course and contains components associated with the course, which your instructor has created. Click on “Create e-Portfolio from Template” to the right and follow the instructions.
PRIVACY SETTINGS AND PERMISSIONS:
Building an e-Portfolio raises questions about audience and who will view our work. Select privacy settings that allow only members of this class to view your e-Portfolio. By the end of the semester you will have generated artifacts that you will share beyond the classroom; in conversation with your professor and classmates, you will make decisions about what to share publicly. In order to change your permissions click the “Portfolio Tools” tab at the top right of your e-Portfolio and then “Settings”. Generally, select “Private to me” and then under “custom permissions” add the corresponding course by name or number (i.e. PSYB425) to additional permissions. This will limit viewership to the students and faculty for the given course.
NAVIGATING IN YOUR PORTFOLIO:
You can see that the format of your e-Portfolio consists of three parts: “Sections”, “Pages”, and “Modules”. Each tab in the “Sections” box has its own set of “Pages”, each tab in the “Pages” box has its own “Modules”. “Sections” and “Pages” are organizational while “Modules” contain all the content. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this set up by clicking different tabs in the “Sections” box and then clicking tabs in the corresponding “Pages” box to get a sense of the flow of e-Portfolios.
While many assignments on your e-Portfolio will already have a text module created, you may have to create one yourself. Also, you may choose to add media to supplement your assignment. To do this, go to the appropriate “Page” and then click “Add a Module”. Now select the type of module you would like to create and “Add this Module”.
TO PLACE AN ASSIGNMENT IN YOUR PORTFOLIO: All assignments must be submitted in a *.doc format (MSWORD). Please be sure that all materials handed an electronically comply with this request. You will find pages within the template for each assignment. Simply go to that page, create a Rich Text module (if one isn’t already there), and paste your assignment from a Microsoft Word document into that field. To begin the submission process, use the “Insert File” button on the formatting toolbar to insert a copy of the word file. The file should appear before the text of your submissions. When you submit an assignment, please delete the instructions about the assignment. ALWAYS compose in MS Word or Mac Pages (save to your computer), then copy and paste into your e-Portfolio. Do not delete any assignments from your e-Portfolio. Make sure you have a back-up copy of all of your assignments. Now save your additions and then click “Publish this Page”.
Use the “Help?” tab in the uppermost right hand corner of the page, or go to the “New to e-Portfolio?” page under “Home” in your new portfolio, or the template, and view the tutorials.
HOW TO POST TO A DISCUSSION:
To post to a discussion, login and go to the course page. Click on the “Discussions” tab. You will see a number of headers. Look for the one that corresponds to the week in which you want to participate. Click on the appropriate discussion. On the next screen, you will see a topic posted at the head of a list of responses. Please read the topic and respond using the “Submit Reply” button under the list. Enter your response, and remember to press “Save” at the bottom of the “Submit Reply” page. You may also read the responses posted by your classmate and respond directly to them.
AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER:
You will turn in your e-Portfolio in its entirety to your instructor via course assignment on the course page. Make sure that all sections, pages, and e-Portfolios have been “Saved” and “Published.”
1) Why don't I see this course in the "My Courses" module on my Digication homepage?
You must either be 'Enrolled' manually by an administrator or 'Enroll' yourself in the course page on Digication
(please note that this has NOTHING to do with registering for the class through the Office of the Registrar!):
log into Digication using your username and password
scroll down to ''Current Courses"
click on 'Find' and search for your class
click to 'Enroll' in your class
enter the enrollment password provided by your Professor or GA and submit
2) Why can't the professor see my class portfolio in the "e-Portfolio" tab within the course?
You must link your e-Portfolio to the course page at the 'e-Portfolios' tab in order for it to appear there:
Go to your course under 'current courses'
go to e-Portfolios tab in the course
click 'add portfolio'
search for & add the portfolio you are working on!
3) Why does my e-Portfolio have different 'Sections' across the top from my classmates?
If you look around at at your classmates portfolios and you notice that they have a number of sections across the top but you don't then you may not have used the template provided for the class. There were many sections in the template or model portfolio that was created for your use that are not necessary for this class, however there are a number that are and should be put into your portfolio as soon as possible.
The sections that are prescribed for a course are detailed in your course syllabus. For instance, in the sections called “Journal/Blog” you will post all of your journal entries for the class.
An alternative to manually adding all of the necessary sections would be to go to the 'e-Portfolio' tab within the course page, scroll down to the model portfolio that was offered, and click 'Use as Template'. You will make an entirely new portfolio and then delete the old one. Either way is fine, and it's really dependent on what seems to make the most sense to you.
4) Why does my Journal/Blog post only appear on my Home page?
If something comes up on your 'Home' page rather than in your 'Journal/Blog' or other area you will need to move it to the correct section. Any post can only appear in the 'Section' that you were in when you uploaded it.
5) When I go to my portfolio everything is there, but my Professor can't see it.
You probably didn't 'Publish' your changes after uploading them. Go into your portfolio, click "Published" at the top and you'll see what your Professor sees. Go to every 'Page' within every 'Section' where you made changes and 'Publish' the changes for each of those pages. After completing this go to "Published" at the top and double check before emailing your Professor that you have corrected your portfolio.
6) What do I do if I have multiple portfolios linked to a class as a result of a 'Test' version?
If you go to the portfolio town within the course page and noticed that you have 2, 3, or 4 portfolios linked to the page you will need to delete all but the one to which you will be posting your work. You can delete them at this page or, if you plan to delete the portfolio entirely, you can delete them by going to the "my portfolios” area of your Digication homepage.
Please note that if you have more than one portfolio the professor will be unable to grade your work as they won't know which portfolio you intended for them to see.
7) How do I change the image next to my e-Portfolio in the list of portfolios?
This is the e-Portfolio directory icon and you change it by:
going to your class e-Portfolio
going to the drop-down menu under “Portfolio Tools”.
going to “Settings”
going to the "Choose A Theme" area and click “Customize” underneath “Default Style”
it is in this area that you will be able to upload a new directory icon, new header image, and then save them.
8) How do I add a profile picture to my Digication account?
In the upper right-hand corner click on your name where it says “Welcome [Your Name]”
You will now be in the “Edit User Profile” area.
The very last item is where you upload an image as your profile picture.