Canvas ePortfolio

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Canvas ePortfolios are a way of storing and sharing work from your Canvas courses. All of your submissions are kept in Canvas for access on a later date, but ePortfolios allow you to organize your work in a way that makes sense to you. You can make a public ePortfolio with essays you've written as writing samples, or you can make a private ePortfolio of your favorite work. ePortfolios are stored in Canvas as so can save space on your device, but keep in mind that when you are no longer a student at SPU, your Canvas account will eventually expire, and so you will lose access to these documents if you have not exported them to your device already.

Create an ePortfolio

  1. From Canvas' global navigation sidebar, select your profile picture.
  2. Select ePortfolios.
  3. If you have never created an ePortfolio, you can select the "Create an ePortfolio" option at the bottom of the page. If you already have at least one ePortfolio, you can find the same button on the right-hand side of your screen.
    create ePortfolio button
  4. You will be prompted to name your ePortfolio and decide whether or not to make it publicly visible.
    pop-up window that prompts yu to name your new ePortfolio
  5. You will be redirected to your new ePortfolio welcome page. On this page, you will see there are highly detailed instructions about how to use your ePortfolio, a link to share private ePortfolios with select individuals, recent submissions that can be added quickly to the ePortfolio, the option to download the entire contents of your ePortfolio as a zip file, and the option to delete your ePortfolio.
  6. Begin filling your ePortfolio with content. You can create several ePortfolios with several pages each, use submissions previously made in Canvas, or use the content editor to create original work within the ePortfolio. More detailed instructions on creating and organizing your ePortfolio are located in the Canvas guides. 

Export an ePortfolio zip file

When you are no longer enrolled in SPU courses for the current and next two quarters, you will be removed from the Canvas user database and will no longer be able to access your ePortfolios. If you wish to keep your ePortfolios, they must be exported as a zip file before this occurrence.

  1. From Canvas' global navigation sidebar, select your profile picture.
  2. Select ePortfolios.
  3. Select the name of the ePortfolio you would like to export.
  4. Scroll down on the welcome page for the ePortfolio to "Download the contents of this ePortfolio as a zip file".
    download the contents of this ePortfolio in a zip file option
  5. The zip file will download onto your device, with all the contents of your ePortfolio inside.