UCSF Portfolio: New and Improved

mahara 1-6The UCSF Portfolio is an integral part of the Collaborative Learning Environment, and its user base increases with each passing academic quarter. Based on the open-source web application called Mahara, UCSF’s Portfolio tool provides an online environment for users to document and critically reflect on their educational progress and professional development while at UCSF. For more information, please visit the Portfolio Support Center.

On December 17th, 2012, the UCSF Portfolio was updated to version 1.6. This update included a number of feature enhancements and bug fixes. I have highlighted a few of the most notable new features below:

  1. Clean URLs – Gone are the days of cryptic profile and page URLs, because now you can create your own custom, meaningful URLs. If you are sharing your pages publicly with non-portfolio users, this feature is especially useful.
  2. Journal entry enhancement – If you are a heavy user of the journal, you will appreciate the “New entry” button that has been added to three of the journal content blocks. This allows you to add a new journal entry while you’re editing a page, instead of having to save, exit, compose in the Content module, and then return to the page to add it.
  3. Group collections – A collection is a series of related pages that can be shared as single unit. We always had the ability to create collections in our own portfolio, but never in groups. This has been changed, and collections can now be created inside groups, allowing group members to collaborate and share related pages more efficiently.
  4. Mobile browsing – The question on everyone’s mind is, “Can I use the Portfolio on my smart phone or tablet?” With the Portfolio’s new “responsive design,” the answer to that question is “yes.” We have successfully viewed (and commented on) portfolios using both Android and iOS phones and tablets, including the iPhone and iPad. Please note, however, that this feature is still a work in progress, and we’ve had little or no success when trying to upload content or edit pages. We do expect these features to improve in future updates, so stay tuned!

For a detailed step-by-step description of those features and more, please refer to the following resources:

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning to use the UCSF Portfolio, please contact us or leave a comment below!

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