The new Blackboard Portfolio released with Blackboard Learn in April 2014, is much-improved and provides an easy-to-use platform for students to demonstrate and reflect upon what they have learned throughout their university career. Northern Illinois University (NIU) implemented the portfolios campus-wide during 2015, and it was used by thousands of students in a relatively short time. This presentation will provide an overview of the portfolio tool, strategies for developing portfolios that serve different purposes, and best practices for institutional adoption. Sample portfolios and exemplars from faculty who are using Blackboard portfolios in their classes will be shared, along with NIU's campus-wide implementation process. Opportunities and challenges will be discussed to provide insights for others planning to roll-out portfolios at their institutions.
-Jason Rhode, Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (Northern Illinois University)
-Stephanie Richter, Assistant Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (Northern Illinois University)