Canvas ePortfolios

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Creating and Managing an ePortfolio in Canvas, including:
  3. Submitting ePortfolio Assignments
  4. Example Portfolio
  5. Video Tutorial


The Canvas ePortfolio is another tool available at UW Bothell where students can portray competency work, including any related artifacts that demonstrate how  learning objectives have been met or specific training accomplished. Think of the eportfolio as a “workspace” and a “record” of academic learning.  Below are resources explaining essential steps in the Canvas ePortfolio creation, sharing and submission processes.

Creating and Managing an ePortfolio in Canvas

  • To create a new ePortfolio in Canvas, first click on Account in the Global Navigation Menu.
  • Then click on the ePortfolios link

eportfolios link in Account page

  • Now click on the Create an ePortfolio link

Create an ePortfolio link

  • Name your portfolio. If you are creating an eportfolio as part of an assignment, please check with your instructor for any specific naming convertions.
  • Do NOT check the Make it Public box. That setting makes the eportfolio searchable in Google.
  • Now click on the Go to the Actual Portfolio link

go to the actual portfolio

  • ePortfolios are made of sections, sections contain pages and pages can contain modules. To navigate, the section menu is located on the left. Pages links are located on the right.

    Sections and Pages

  • All eportfolios have a Welcome/Home page already created with the portfolio. To add an "About Me" header, edit the page by clicking Edit This Page on the page menu located on the right.

Edit This Page link

  • You can check on the Allow Comments on this Page box if you want others to provide feedback. This option is often required as part of an assignment.

Allow Comments on Page checkbox

  • To add content to the page, add the "About Me" into the Rich Text Editor text box by first selecting Header 2 from the font style drop-down and then typing the text. You will see that "About Me" will apear as heading. Click the Save Page button.
    Adding a Header
  • You should always use the heading levels (Header 2, Header 3, Header 4 and Paragraph) in the Rich Editor content instead of manualy increasing the size or emphasizing the titles/subtitles. The top level available in Canvas inside the Rich Text editor is Header 2. Heding 1 is already being used for the page title. Heading styles add formal structure and consistency to the text. They also make your content univesally accessible to screen readers and navigable with a keyboard. 
  • Work should be saved often. You can always go back into editing mode by clicking on the corresponding Edit this page link.
  • To add your navigation sections to the left side bar, click on the Organize Sections link
  • To add more sections click on the Add Section link
  • Name the second section. Click Add Section or press the Enter key on your computer to save. When finished adding sections, click the Done Editing button.


  • For the default sections and each added section, you will see on the far right side that the initial default pages within each section have the title of "New Page". To change this, you must now go into each of the pages in each section and change the page title by clicking on Edit This Page.


  • You can then edit the title of the page. Change the page to the desired section name. Stay on that page.
  • To add modules, go to the right menu you will see four module options to add content to your page:
     - Rich Text Content
     - HTML/Embedded Content
     - Course Submission (DO NOT USE)
     - Image/File Upload
    Click on Rich Text Content to add the module that will allow you to type text on the page.

Add Content Module options

  • Use the Heading 2 style as before, add the headings to this page. For example:
     - Purpose
     - Task Overview
    Click Save Page. You will be able to go back and add content later.


  • You can add more pages to this section and name them according to the related content, for example:
    - Reflection Narrative
    - Artifacts
  • You can add Rich Text Content, HTML/Embedded Content, or Image/File Upload modules to include your content and related artifacts. Click Save Page after each one. DO NOT USE the Course Submission module as this will resctrict access to your artifacts. Instead, you can paste the text from a Word document, even add images with the text.

    You can also attach files, like MS Word or PowerPoint or images using the Image/File Upload module.

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Editing Page Content

  • To edit the content found on each page click on the Edit This Page button on the left side of the page
    • You can add new content (modules) to your page by clicking on any of the buttons listed on the right side of the page, each time you click the button the new content will appear at the bottom of the page
    • You can reorder added modules by clicking on the arrow listed beside each title and dragging it around the page
    • To delete a section click on the trash can icon on the right side of the content box


  • To add a new text box on the page simply click on Rich Text Content
  • You are able to embed HTML code into your page by clicking on the HTML/Embedded Content button
  • To upload a file or image click on Image/File Upload

Media Files

Please note that when uploading files directly to Canvas, images should be less than 5 MB. 

For images you have created with a mobile device, you can reduce the size to be under 5 MB by using many tool available for free like Pixlr Express, an online tool.

You can also share images you have uploaded and are publicly available in Canvas, the Web or from online repositories such as Flicker. When using images you do not own, be mindful to also provide the source of the image and give credit.

You can go to our web page, Creative Commons, to find copyright-free media resources.

If you would like to upload your video to YouTube and then share it in your eportfolio, you can follow the instructions outlined in Host Videos in YouTube.

If you need assistance, you can stop by the Open Learning Lab, located in UW2-140, M-F, 9-5, for one-one one assistance and use any of the tools the lab provides.

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Submitting the ePortfolio in Canvas

To submit your eportfolio for an assignment in Canvas, you need to copy and paste the private URL for your portfolio. To do this:

  • Click on the name of your Portfolio at the top of the page

  • On your ePortfolio Dashboard, copy the link listed under the text, Copy and share this link to give others access to your private ePortfolio:


  • Go to your Canvas course assignment, paste the link you copied in the previous step under the URL tab and submit your assignment.

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Sample Portfolio

Canvas ePortfolio example

Video Tutorial

ePortfolios in Canvas video tutorial


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