New Google Sites ePortfolios


Google released the New Sites interface November 2016. The new interface is more intuitive, modern, with new themes and better interoperability with other Google products. Although the New Sites is still missing a comment feature, in June of 2018, the option to convert the Old Sites to the New Sites format became available. For more information, go to the Convert your site to new Sites Google Help page.


Getting Started

The new Google Site offers a sleek interface with drag and drop options and a more responsive design. To start your new eportfolio, make sure you have activated your UW Google Suite account.

Steps to get started:

  • Navigate to Google Sites homepage in Google Chrome or Firefox and log in using your UW email.
  • After login, if you are redirected to the old Google Sites, click on the New Google Sites link.

    Old Google Sites home page

Sample ePortfolio

This sample eportfolio was submitted by a former student in the BIS program. You will need to log in to view it.

ePorfolio Requirements

These instructions are for general eportfolio creation using the new Google Sites.
Check with your instructor for specific requirements.

Naming your ePortfolio

Enter "[Course][Course#] Portfolio [Lastname]  [Firstname]  [Major Code]" (e.g., "CSS497 Portfolio Smith Jane MCS") in the Site Document name field at the top of the page and press the Enter key. All changes save in real time, similarly to Google Docs.

Sharing your ePortfolio

You must publish and share your final eportfolio with your instructor as an editor in order to allow them to provide direct feedback via comments. 

Artifact storage

  1. Create a folder in Google Drive, name [Course][Course#]_[LastName]_Artifacts. For example, "CSS497_SmithJ_Artifacts".
  2. Save all of your eportfolio artifacts in the Artifacts folder you just created
    Instructions to create folder in Google Drive
  3. Share the Artifacts folder giving editing access to your instructor
    Instructions to share a Google folder
  4. You must put your artifacts in the Artifacts folder before embedding them into the ePortfolio.

Steps to Create your ePortfolio

(from the G Suite Learning Center)

Steps to Update and Personalize your ePortfolio

As part of your program requirements, each page and sub-page should have the following:

  • Main text area with copied/pasted text content (use Text Box from the Insert menu)
  • Embedded Artifacts from Google Drive (use From Drive from the Insert menu)

    New Google Sites Insert menu, highlighting the "Text box" and the "From Drive" options
  • Optional: You can also insert Divider lines to better organize your content on a page. Usual elements on a page are: Text box, headings (paragraph text formatted), divider lines, embedded artifacts.
    BIS 499 ePortfolio page showing text boxes used as sections and divider lines

(from the G Suite Learning Center)

Steps to Share and Publish your ePortfolio

(from the G Suite Learning Center)