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School of Nursing Student Portfolios
Frequently Asked Questions

The questions below are ones frequently asked by School of Nursing faculty and/or undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students in regard to the portfolios required as a component of their programs. For solutions to issues with incomplete portfolios, consult the Partial Portfolio Instructions page. For additional information on the portfolios, access the main portfolio resource page.

Student Questions

"How do I organize my files in Blackboard's My Content area?"

Each level of student is required to have different folders and documents in their portfolios. Directions for creating these folders are available in the setup instructions linked below. Step 1 focuses on creating these folders.

"How do I create a portfolio?"

Detailed setup instructions for each student group are available below. Steps 2 through 4 focus on creating the portfolio.


"How do I access my portfolio?"

In the My Content area of Blackboard, click the Portfolios link in the left navigation area and select My Portfolios.

"How do I add files to my portfolio?"

Detailed setup instructions for each student group are available below. Step 5 focuses on adding files to the portfolio.

Additional information about adding files to Bb (including using the Bb Drive application) is available from the ITS Bb resource page.

"How do I share a portfolio?"

To share the portfolio with School of Nursing mentors:

  1. On the My Portfolios page, hover over the portfolio title and click the drop-down arrow.
  2. Select Share from the drop-down menu.
  3. Hover the mouse over the Share With button and select the Users option.
  4. In the Choose Users section, enter the e-ID(s) (ex: jdoe) of the professor(s). Do not include the @siue.edu extension. Separate multiple user names with commas.
  5. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to complete sharing the portfolio.

"My instructor can't see my portfolio. How do I fix this?"

The instructions above are the only ones that will allow faculty members to view students portfolio. Some faculty mistakenly tell students to share their portfolio documents by altering the Permissions option for the folders in the My Content area. When students share files and folders in this manner, faculty members report that they "cannot see the portfolio." In order to share a portfolio so that faculty members can view it properly, students follow the directions listed above.

"My instructor can see my portfolio but s/he reports one or more of the links do not work. How do I fix this?

There is a known issue in Blackboard that causes newly created navigational items appear as plain text to those with whom the portfolio has been shared, rather than as links. Follow these steps to fix the problem:

  1. On the My Portfolios page, hover over the portfolio title and click the drop-down arrow.
  2. Select Link Checker from the drop-down menu.
  3. Check the box in front of the folder(s) on this page. Click the Repair button.
  4. Click the OK button to confirm that repairs can be made to the links.

Faculty Questions


"How do I access a portfolio a student has shared with me?"

In the My Content area of Blackboard, click the Portfolios link in the left navigation area and select Received Portfolios.