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Using the Dashboard and Other Settings

The Dashboard is the central area for managing your My ePortfolio preferences, updates, and searching for items. You can quickly review changes to portfolio items you've recently worked on and view My ePortfolio items from your peers. You can also add new items to your My ePortfolio from the Dashboard.

The Dashboard is the main landing page for My ePortfolio. To return to your Dashboard from another My ePortfolio page, click My ePortfolio from the tool navigation.

Using the Newsfeed

The newsfeed consolidates recent activity on your items and items shared with you, providing a quick way to return to active projects. Your items appear in this area if they have been recently edited, commented on, or assessed. If you contribute a comment, an edit, or an assessment to another user's item, that item is also tracked in the newsfeed and you can see contributions others are making.

Filters at the top of the newsfeed enable you to search and view specific sets of content; you can filter recent activity by ownership (yours versus others' items), people and items you've subscribed to, and items from contacts in the Instant Messaging tool.

Quick Reflection

The quick reflection panel above the newsfeed prompts you to record brief thoughts about a current learning experience which you can expand upon at a later date.

When you post a quick reflection, it automatically shares with the default sharing group you specified in your My ePortfolio Settings.

Note: If quick reflection posts do not appear in your newsfeed, select Include modifications I make on my items in my newsfeed in your My ePortfolio Settings

Changing Your Settings

The Settings area of the Dashboard allows you change display options and preferences for your My ePortfolio. Click the Settings link on the Dashboard, My Items, Explore or Sharing Groups page to access these preferences.

Available settings

Display Options
Default List Size Select the number of items to display in your Newsfeed, My Items, and Explore lists.
Number of Activities on Newsfeed Items Select the maximum number of events you want displayed in each Newsfeed item.
My Modifications Choose whether to include activity you make on your own items to your Newsfeed.
Number of Unread Invites on Dashboard Select how many unread invites appear on your Dashboard.
Date Range Select how many days of past activity you want to show in your Newsfeed.
Item Defaults
Item Feedback

Choose whether you want to allow comments or assessments by default when creating new items.

Note These settings enable commenting and assessments; you still need to set permissions around who can add comments or assessments.

Sharing Settings
Invite Delivery Method

Select Email Invitation if you want to receive an email when others invite you to view items from their My ePortfolio.

Note  A copy of the invite is always added to your Invites page.

Default Sharing Group Select a default sharing group to apply to all new items in your portfolio that meet your filter criteria. Use this option if you consistently share new items with the same group of users.

Checking Your Invites

The Unread Invites widget displays your recent invites, including the author of the invite, the message content, and the associated portfolio item.

See Viewing items shared with you for more information about Invites.

Check your invites

  1. View the Unread Invites area of your Dashboard for recent invites or click View all invites for past invites.
  2. Click the subject of the invite. Open the My ePortfolio item associated with the invite by clicking its name.


Subscribing to an RSS feed

RSS feeds allow you to receive external notifications when changes occur in your portfolio. There are two RSS feeds that you can subscribe to:

  • Feedback RSS  Notifies you when edits, comments, or assessments are made to one of your portfolio items (does not include changes that you make yourself).
  • Invite RSS  Notifies you when you receive a new invite to view another user's item.

To use the RSS feeds you must subscribe to an external RSS reader. There are many free RSS readers, such as Live Bookmarks and Google Reader, available on the internet.

Subscribe to an RSS feed

  1. Click Feedback RSS on the Dashboard page or Invite RSS on the Invites page.
  2. Follow the appropriate steps for adding the feed to the reader of your choice.