HMH Portfolio Implementation Guide

HMH Portfolio Implementation Guide
HMH Portfolio
Implementation Guide
222 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116
Table of Contents
Key Functionality: ..................................................................................................... 3
Getting Ready ................................................................................................................ 4
Computer Requirements ........................................................................................... 4
Integration with LMS’s .............................................................................................. 5
Integration– Social Networks ................................................................................... 6
HMH Portfolio Site Map ............................................................................................. 8
Understanding Roles .............................................................................................. 12
Getting Started ............................................................................................................ 14
Part One: Account Access & Planning .................................................................. 14
Using with Blackboard Learn ................................................................................. 15
Blackboard Learn Integration – Key Capabilities.................................................... 15
Account Creation / Authorization ........................................................................... 15
Account Design ..................................................................................................... 17
Questions to Consider ........................................................................................... 18
Items to Collect ...................................................................................................... 20
Part Two: Set Up...................................................................................................... 21
Blackboard: Commercial Content Tools ................................................................ 21
Portfolios (Frameworks)......................................................................................... 22
Rubrics .................................................................................................................. 25
Assignments .......................................................................................................... 28
Next Steps: .............................................................................................................. 34
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Global Education Leader, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), recently acquired
SchoolChapters. As a result of the acquisition, our portfolio software service has been
rebranded HMH Portfolio, but all the key benefits our clients experience will remain the
same.
Over the past eight years, we have been fueling innovation for education and life-long
learning with our portable, data-driven solution. It has been our mission to directly
address the challenges facing educators and students, from Early Education through
Career, by focusing on advancing our service’s capabilities, alongside providing
excellent customer service.
Now, our team is proud to be working together with HMH to discover even more ways
our portfolio software service can benefit our clients as we launch our services into this
next exciting chapter.
What does this mean for our clients?
 The SchoolChapters portfolio software service will now be called HMH Portfolio.
 Our team will provide you with the same excellent products and services.
 You will continue to see enhancements in the user experience, functionality, and
delivery.
 Our customer service team has grown to further help support our clients!
Key Functionality:
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Unlimited cloud-based storage
Holds user-generated or academic content.
Imports from other systems like Google Drive
Collect and align data to standards or outcomes
Portable, powerful solution with responsive design
Can integrate with an LMS
APIs can facilitate additional options like SIS integration
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Getting Ready
Computer Requirements
Here are some tips to help ensure the optimal experience.
Internet access
 HMH Portfolio is a SaaS offering delivered in the cloud, letting you access your
account anywhere, anytime with Internet access.
 HMH Portfolio incorporates responsive design. For tablet use, users may simply
log in through the tablet’s browser (Safari or Chrome recommended) for full
functionality in their accounts.
 Our mobile apps for phones are available in the AppStore and Google Play for
Android. Key word: SchoolChapters Remote
 Our offline mobile app is available for iPad and is currently being updated.
 Further, we recommend that Wi-Fi networks, if in use, are able to support a class
of users with adequate upload and download speeds.
Browsers
 For optimal use, we recommend using a browser that supports HTML5, such as
recent versions of Chrome and Firefox. If you’re unsure of compatibility, try using
an online test such as the one found here: https://html5test.com/index.html
 We support: Mozilla Firefox 22+, Chrome 25+, IE 10+, Safari 6+. There is a
known issue with the uploader when using IE11 that requires users to drag and
drop files.
Hardware
 Please ensure computers and tablets are compatible with a recommended
browser.
HMH Portfolio
 Users will need a username and password to log in to HMH Portfolio accounts,
unless accessing from their school’s LMS. Usernames are email addresses.
Other Settings Considerations
 Allow Third Party Cookies - required for single sign-on (SSO).
 Please ensure JavaScript is enabled.
 Allow emails from @schoolchapters.com, @hmhco.com. (email filters)
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Integration with LMS’s
Integration makes things easier for you and your students – providing single sign-on,
assignment syncing and grade book integration, for example. HMH Portfolio integrates
with many Learning Management Systems (LMS’s) and has an API for use by
developers.
Here is an overview of our integration capabilities available “off the shelf” along with
resources to help you get started quickly and easily.
For questions about testing LMS integrations in a staging environment, please contact
us.
Blackboard Learn
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Blackboard’s Partner Cloud Building Block (PC) is the recommended integration.
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) - includes account creation and course context
Assignment Syncing - assignments in HMH Portfolio can be pulled into
the course content area in Blackboard
o Grade Center integration – Gradebook columns are automatically created
when assignment is synced, Grades in HMH Portfolio automatically flow
into the Grade Center via a scheduled web services call or by manual
request when needed faster.
o HMH Portfolio tools and diagnostics in the Commercial Content Tools
panel (Partner Cloud only)
o Course Copy Support (Partner Cloud)
Get Started: LMS Integration for Blackboard
Canvas
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LTI (IMS Certified)
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) – includes account creation and course context
o Assignment Syncing – In Canvas, instructors can create an External Tool
assignment to link to a HMH Portfolio assignment.
o Grade Center integration – After scoring using rubric in HMH Portfolio,
instructors can click a grade pass back tool to send scores to Canvas.
Get Started: LMS Integration for Canvas
Moodlerooms Joule
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Joule Partner Cloud
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) – includes account creation and course context
o Assignment Syncing - assignments in HMH Portfolio can be pulled into
the course content area in Joule
o Grade Center integration – Gradebook columns are automatically created
when assignment is synced, Grades in HMH Portfolio automatically flow
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into the Grade Center via a scheduled web services call or by manual
request, when you just can’t wait.
o Course Copy Support
Get Started: LMS Integration for Joule
Sakai
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LTI (IMS Certified)
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) – includes account creation and course context
o Pending - Gradebook integration using API – by Sakai Community
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Get Started: LMS Integration for Sakai
Moodle
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LTI (IMS Certified)
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) – includes account creation and course context
Get Started: LMS Integration for Moodle
D2L
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LTI (IMS Certified)
Key Capabilities:
o Single Sign-On (SSO) – includes account creation and course context
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Get Started: LMS Integration for D2L
If you are not integrating an LMS, see our guide for Administrators here.
Integration– Social Networks
Google
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SSO – log in with Google account.
Sync with Google Drive to pull and sync documents from Drive to HMH Portfolio.
Facebook
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SSO – log in with Facebook account.
One Share – From your public Story, post a photo to your Facebook account.
LinkedIn
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SSO – log in with LinkedIn account
Story Integration – Post updates to your LinkedIn account. Choose to share
Story URL with individuals, groups you belong to, or anyone with access to your
LinkedIn profile. A great way to leverage your professional networks.
Mozilla OpenBadges
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Sync to push Badges earned in HMH Portfolio to your Mozilla backpack.
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Tumblr
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SSO – log in with Tumblr account.
One Share – From your public Story, post a photo or document to your Tumblr
account.
Twitter
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SSO – log in with Twitter account.
One Share – From your public Story, post a photo or document to your Twitter
account.
For details, click and go to bottom of Help for user Settings.
Other Integrations: Ask us about our tools for developers.
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HMH Portfolio Site Map
General Site Map:
The diagram below is a high level overview of the site
organization and features. Note that some features are only available to some users
based on role.
Role also determines some user capabilities in the My Courses area. For example,
instructors and administrators have the ability to create assignments and course content,
while students can access content and submit assignments. The same is true for some
tools. For example, only administrators can create evaluations, but they can be assigned
and completed by users with any role.
My Stuff
• Storage
• Tags
• Badges
• Portfolios
• Stories
My Courses
• Schedule
• Announcements
• Blocks
• Assignments
• Resources
• Assessments
• Quizzes
• Portfolios
• Stories
• Conversations
My Connections
• Groups
• Conversations
My Institution
• User Management
•Schools
•Departments
•Courses
•Users
• Tools
•Rubrics
•Assignment
Templates
•Crosswalks
•Evaluations
• Accreditations
•Classroom
Portfolios
•Accreditations
Portfolios
• Reports
Key:
Admin only
Instructors and Admins
All Users
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Site Map - Details and Definitions
My Stuff: The My Stuff section includes files, customizable tags to sort files, badges
earned, portfolio frameworks such as standards, school-defined outcomes or usercreated outlines, as well as the user’s Stories.
Storage: Use the Storage section to upload files, add links, and import files from
Google docs for access and use anywhere in your account. Files uploaded
directly to a portfolio or an assignment will also appear in Storage. Use the Detail
View to organize and arrange files directly from this section.
Tags: Create tags, such as “My Writing” or “Photography,” as a way to organize
documents within the Storage section. Users can then add the tag to their Story
as a way to showcase all files in the tagged collection.
Badges: In this space, students can view all awarded badges, make them public
to include in a Story or sync them to a confirmed Mozilla Backpack account.
Badges are awarded by an instructor in connection to an assignment.
Portfolios: Portfolios are considered to be frameworks or outlines showing the
standards, competencies or outcomes to be met, and evidence of achievement.
Portfolios can be associated to a course, and criteria can be aligned to
assignments and rubrics. They are a cornerstone of accounts, and useful to
accreditation and proof of competencies. Users can add files directly to portfolios,
and showcase portfolios in Stories.
Portfolios can also be created by any user for personal use or use in the course.
Stories: The Story section allows users to showcase and share their
accomplishments, in a form of an ePortfolio. Stories can include portfolios and all
associated files, tagged collections of files, featured work, a resume, profile
information and blog posts.
My Courses : All courses a user is enrolled in as an instructor or student.
Schedule: The Schedule tool allows teachers to make items within a Course
active (visible to students) or inactive (not visible to students).
Announcements: Using the Announcement tool, instructors are able to create
and send e-blasts to students in the Course. The Announcement will also
appear on the Course Home page.
Blocks: Blocks are units within a Course. For example, in a history course,
there might be a unit on the Renaissance and another unit on the French
Revolution.
Assignments: Instructors are able to create Assignments, which students can
then work on and submit evidence to. Next instructors can grade the student’s
work using the Rubric as well as upload any feedback or guidance they might
have. The student can view the grade and guidance the next time they log in.
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Resources: An instructor is able to add and arrange files that are relevant or
helpful to the Course into the Resources area. These documents are then
available to any students in the Course.
Assessments: Assessments are a review of an entire portfolio that has been
associated to a course as a standard or framework. They are created by
instructors viewing a student portfolio and then clicking the Assess button.
Assessments are not visible to students, but can be generated as a PDF if you
would like to provide a copy to students.
Quizzes: Course instructors are able to build quizzes, which students can then
take. Quiz reports for the class as a whole are available to the instructor, as well
as individual grade reports for the instructor and each student for his or her own
quiz.
Portfolios: Course Portfolios allow an instructor to build a portfolio at the class
level, for reflection, intentional teaching, or demonstration of effectiveness. These
are not to be confused with individual or student portfolios.
Stories: Not to be confused with personal stories, instructors create a Course
Story in order to showcase the Course Portfolio for accreditation.
Conversations: Conversations on a Course level allow for users in the Course
to more efficiently communicate with each other.
My Connections: In the My Connections section, a user will find the Groups in
which they are included in, as well as all of their Conversations.
Groups: Users can work together in Groups to add evidence to a Portfolio or
Group standard as a team. They can also have conversations on a Group level,
and add Resources to a Group.
Conversations: A user is able to create Conversations with other users for
efficient communication. Online chat is also found under conversations.
My Institution: Only instructors and admin users have access to the My Institution
section, where they are able to access tools and reports.
User Management: In the User Management section, admins are able to create
and edit Schools, Departments, Courses, and Users.
Schools: Lists the schools managed by the administrator. Edit the school
to import users (not needed if integrated with an LMS) and manage
standards portfolios available to all users.
Departments: Departments can be set up to include a group of courses,
in order to pull a report on the group.
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Courses: Lists all courses in the school, usually those created from an
LMS launch. Enrollment is automatic with LMS integration. Edit courses
to access course copy.
Users: There are three different types of users: Admins, Instructors, and
Students. Admins manage the School from a higher-level. Instructors
are teachers of Courses. Students are students in the Courses. Any user
can have multiple roles. Deleting users is permanent and is NOT
recommended, as students may continue to access accounts following
graduation.
Tools: Tools include Rubrics, Assignment Templates, Crosswalks, and
Evaluations.
Rubrics: Rubrics are used to grade Assignments. Instructors and
admins can upload or build a rubric, and then align that Rubric to portfolio
criteria and assignments.
Assignment Templates: Admins are able to create Assignment
Templates. Instructors are able to create assignments from the template if
their Course is aligned to the same standard (portfolio framework) as is
used in the template. Integrates with Blackboard Learn Partner Cloud.
Crosswalks: A Crosswalk is used to align one standard criteria to
another standard criteria. Evidence added to the origin criteria is
automatically added to the destination criteria.
Evaluations: Evaluations allow for portfolios (full set of standards, e.g.) to
be evaluated based on a rubric.
Accreditation: Admin users are able to look at and revise Classroom Portfolios
as well as build and review Accreditation Portfolios through the Accreditations
section. Accreditation portfolios are useful in collecting multiple samples of
students’ work that all meet the same portfolio criterion.
Reports: There are three different types of reports: Rubric Reports (data on
Rubrics), Standard Reports (data on Standards), and Engagement Reports (data
on user-engagement). Instructors can access reports on courses they teach.
Adminstrators can aggregate data from the full school.
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Understanding Roles
HMH Portfolio has role-based permissions to provide users with an interface and abilities
to meet their needs by role. Users may have multiple roles.
Administrator: The administrator role has the highest level of access within their
school or organization. Admins can:
 View all courses, assignments, assignment submissions and course work.
 Manage courses, groups and departments, including creating new courses ( if
LMS integration not used), groups and departments; editing existing courses,
copying course templates to a new course, and archiving courses.
 Manage users including creating new users, assigning roles and editing names
and course enrollment (if LMS integration is not used).
 Generate and view reports on all courses, rubrics, standards, evaluations and
assessments in the school(s) they administrate.
 All abilities of instructors, except they cannot score rubrics of students as an
admin (only an instructor).
Instructor: Instructors are users that teach courses within HMH Portfolio. Instructors
can:
 Manage and interact with students in courses
 View student portfolios connected to course standards, outcomes or objectives.
 Create assignments aligned to course standards, outcomes or objectives.
 Score assignments.
 Track student progress on assignments and portfolios.
 Add more to their course: add assignments, organize blocks, create polls and
quizzes, and add course resources.
 Build a course portfolio and a course story for purposes like accreditation and
sharing evidence on course standards.
 Create and score evaluations and assessments.
 Create and upload rubrics.
 All abilities of students, except they do not submit assignments as an
instructor.
Student: Students are users enrolled in courses. Students can:
 Build multiple “Stories” to demonstrate learning and competencies for a variety of
purposes.
 Access unlimited storage in the Storage section. Upload, tag and store
documents, photos and badges.
 Add and organize evidence in “Portfolios” to demonstrate standards, outcomes or
competencies in connection to a course, or for their own purposes. Portfolios can
be shared in the users’ Stories.
 Work on and submit assignments for courses.
 View scores and feedback on assignments, assessments and evaluations.
 Access course resources and blocks, including the ability to take quizzes and
polls.
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Work collaboratively in groups, participate in conversations and use chat
features.
Other Roles:
Kiddo: Kiddos are usually children. We use this role when a teacher is working on
building portfolios for a class of children, such as is done in early childhood classrooms.
These users are added to a “kiddo course” to give the teacher the ability to upload for
them. Teachers can upload and add evidence to portfolios, assignments, and
assessments for the children in their class. Teachers can also set up parents or
guardians and invite them to view their child’s Story.
Parent: The parent role is assigned to parent and guardians using HMH Portfolio to
view their child’s photos, documents and Story. The parent role is currently used for
parents of children
Customized LMS Roles: If you use custom roles in your LMS, contact us to
understand role setting during LTI launch.
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Getting Started
Part One: Account Access & Planning
By the end of this session, you should be able to:
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Articulate the features and capabilities of the integration with your LMS
Access tools for integration with HMH Portfolio & your LMS
Understand how to create your account
Identify steps to further account design and implementation.
Account Information:
Our website:
www.schoolchapters.com;
www.hmhco.com/schoolchapters
LMS Integration: Blackboard Partner Cloud
Username:
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(Email associated with LMS account)
Password: For Blackboard Learn Partner Cloud Integration, password is set
by user when account is first created during launch from Blackboard to HMH
Portfolio.
URLs for Access:
Your Blackboard Learn account: __________________________________
Help and Support:
http://www.manula.com/manuals/sc
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Using with Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn Integration – Key Capabilities
 Blackboard’s Partner Cloud Building Block (PC) is the
recommended integration.
 Key Capabilities:
o Integrated account creation from Blackboard.
o Assignment Syncing - assignments in HMH Portfolio can be pulled into
the course content area in Blackboard.
o Grade Center synchronization – Gradebook columns are automatically
created when assignment is added to content area.
o Grades in HMH Portfolio automatically flow into the Grade Center via a
scheduled web services call or by manual request when needed faster.
o HMH Portfolio tools and diagnostics, including manual Grade Refresh are
located in the Commercial Content Tools panel.
o Course Copy Support
 Guide: LMS Integration for Blackboard
Account Creation / Authorization
When using with an LMS, such as Blackboard, HMH Portfolio accounts are created
through the integration.
Here is quick guide to account access from Blackboard Learn in a few easy
steps. Click the links to go to online help for more detailed instructions.
1. Blackboard Administrator enables HMH Portfolio through Partner Cloud Settings.
2. Once enabled, instructors locate HMH Portfolio from the Course page under
Publisher Content>Commercial Content.
3. Instructors follow prompts in the Commercial Content tools to create a new account or
authorize access to an existing HMH Portfolio account. NOTE: Authorization or account
creation is only required the first time you access your HMH Portfolio account.
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4. Instructors can add Course Content in HMH Portfolio to their Blackboard Course.
Click “Create Assignment” to launch to your HMH Portfolio account and start working, or
select an existing assignment or template. Remember you can edit an assignment until a
student submits work to the assignment.
TIP: Assignment Templates are very useful for schools using Blackboard. They
allow HMH Portfolio administrators to create reusable templates of assignments
with standards or outcomes pre-aligned, so teachers can pull them into their
course more easily. See page 32.
NOTE: The main account contact will be authorized as an administrator by
request. Additional administrators require written approval from main contact.
5. Once in HMH Portfolio, users can use the top navigation menu to access any area of
their HMH Portfolio account. The “Return to LMS” button will allow them to navigate
back to Blackboard.
6. Blackboard users can also access HMH Portfolio accounts by going to Tools >
Commercial Content Tools > HMH Portfolio and selecting an option. This is useful
for users that want to use features other than assignments or assignment templates.
TIP: Add a TOOL LINK to the Commercial Content Tools. Name it HMH Portfolio.
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Account Design
Initially, accessing and creating an account is an excellent first step, as an account is
needed in order to start working in HMH Portfolio. However, HMH Portfolio is best
utilized when course or program specific content items and information are added.
Setting up accounts for your school’s specific purposes and goals requires intentional
design and thoughtful planning. Usually at this point, you have already decided that
HMH Portfolio is a good fit to meet the specific problem or needs of your institution.
Often, it’s as simple as starting to take your information and putting it into our system.
This is often best accomplished by a key contact person or small group that can work
with us directly during the account design phase. This might be an instructional designer,
a technology or media specialist, a department head or a designated staff member. This
person or group will help get accounts ready so that instructors can easily set up their
courses, understand what’s required of them, and feel prepared to use HMH Portfolio
with students.
To begin, the goal is to start the conversation and create a plan to implement, with clear
objectives and responsibilities. The following questions and chart are only suggestions,
and can be modified to fit your needs.
On page 22, we provide more details on the mechanics of creating portfolios, rubrics,
assignments, stories, and so on. A clear understanding of your account capabilities and
functionality will ultimately help you achieve the results you want.
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Questions to Consider
As you begin to implement HMH Portfolio for your program, here are some questions to
discuss. Answers to these questions will help us better understand your needs and
provide suggestions for account set up and design.
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How do you plan to use HMH Portfolio, formerly SchoolChapters? What are your
main objectives?
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Is there a particular framework that you’d like to use to build portfolios?
Frameworks might be a set of outcomes, standards or a list of requirements.
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What artifacts would you like students to include in their portfolios?
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How will students add to portfolios – through key assignments, on their own, a
capstone course, or a combination?
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Which students or courses will use HMH Portfolio?
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What data do you need to capture and display? Who will be responsible for
entering data?
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What is your main purpose for implementing an ePortfolio solution? (ex:
accreditation, student employment, outcome tracking)
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What are secondary or additional problems you hope to also solve in the
process?
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What resources do you have on campus to help support this initiative? (LMS
admin, technology specialists, work study, media specialists, key faculty,
computer labs, mobile stations, etc.)
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What will be indicators of success? How will you measure if you are successful?
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What is the timeline for implementation?
As you discuss these questions with your team, use an excel file or a chart similar to the
one on the following page to keep notes and set milestones.
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LMS Administrator
Instructors / Students
Key contact
Key contact
Key contact
Course Instructor
Course instructor
Students
Course Instructor
LMS Integration testing and enablement
Create Accounts using LMS integration tools
Account Design & Plan
Gather needed information about
objectives/assignments
Account Set Up – entering rubrics, standards,
sets up assignment templates.
Set up individual courses – key assignments
Share help resources with students / introduce
portfolio as part of course
Submit assignments / build portfolios, etc.
Grade assignments, award badges, provide
guidance etc
Reportiing
Person
Common Tasks
Date
Person listed as instructor in the course in
the LMS needs to launch from LMS to
create course.
Standards/frameworks to use, rubrics,
assignments and alignment to standards.
Notes
Items to Collect
Whether working with one class, a program or an entire campus, you’ll need to gather
the information to set up HMH Portfolio. This list might be different for each
implementation, but some common items to collect include:
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Standards, Outcomes or Objectives -links, lists or documents that will
become the framework of Portfolios.
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Key Assignments or Assessments – If you’re going to include
assignments, you’ll want to know everything about them:
o Description
o How they align to the standards or outcomes
o Rubric used
o How the rubric aligns to the standards or outcomes
o Documents or resources provided to students
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Rubrics – rubrics used for key assignments or portfolio evaluations.
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Quizzes
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Other ePortfolio requirements
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Part Two: Set Up
Now that you have the resources and items needed to set up
accounts, use this section along with our Online Help manuals and
videos to understand how to use the tools and functions within your
account.
Blackboard: Commercial Content Tools
In Blackboard, the HMH Portfolio tools are available in Commercial Content Tools,
once HMH Portfolio is associated to a course. The links allow users to navigate
directly to key areas in their HMH Portfolio account.
To access the HMH Portfolio Tools:
1. Log in to Blackboard and select a course.
2. Click Tools.
3. Click Commercial Content Tools.
4. Click HMH Portfolio under associated partners. HMH Tools will be displayed.
Click on the desired tool.
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Portfolios (Frameworks)
Goals:
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Understand the concept of portfolios as frameworks, standards or outcomes.
Know how to locate portfolios and understand how to create portfolios.
Be able to add portfolio frameworks to the course.
Key Ideas:
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Portfolios are frameworks of standards, outcomes, learning objects or
outlines.
Criteria in a Portfolio framework can be aligned to Assignments.
Criteria in a Portfolio framework can be aligned to rows of Rubrics.
Portfolio frameworks can be added to a Story to share with others.
Resources:
Video: My Stuff: Storage, Portfolio Frameworks & ePortfolios
Video: More About Portfolio Frameworks
Overview
From the tools in Blackboard, click Portfolios. Or, from an HMH Portfolio account go to
My Stuff>Portfolios. From here, you have several options.
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View existing or Create a New Portfolio. Portfolios can be searched by name.
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Create a new standard to build a portfolio. Learn more here. Many prominent
national standards can be added to your school by request.
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How Portfolios are used throughout Accounts
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Add evidence to portfolios directly or align to assignments. Generate a PDF or
add it to a Story to share.
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Add Portfolio frameworks to a Course to share it with students.
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Align Portfolio Frameworks to Assignments for auto-population of student work.
Multiple assignments can align to criteria in the same portfolio or portfolios.
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Align Portfolio Frameworks to rubrics for enhanced assignment reports and
reports on the standards.
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Assess and evaluate full portfolios of student work.
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Rubrics
Goals:
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Create a Rubric in HMH Portfolio.
Know two locations to use Rubrics: Assignments, Portfolio Evaluations
Understand value of rubric tags to reporting.
Key Ideas:
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Rubrics consist of columns and rows of criteria with points for each cell.
Rubrics can be simple or complex.
Rubrics can be created online or uploaded from excel (must follow correct
format.)
Rubrics are added to assignments and scored by instructors. Rubric scores
can be aggregated and summarized.
Portfolio criteria can be added as tags to rubric rows – this improves reports
on the criteria and standards.
Resources:
Video Tutorial: Rubrics
Rubrics: Help Manual
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Scored rubric data can be aggregated across courses or schools:
Scored
Rubric
Summary
Data
Portfolio criteria tags can be added to rubric rows when creating rubrics. If
reporting on standard criteria or outcomes is necessary, adding tags to rubrics is
needed to pull the data.
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Tags on
Rubric
Assignment:
Standard
Report
Rubric
Criteria
Mapping
Report
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Assignments
While there are many uses of an ePortfolio service, one common use among HMH
Portfolio users is the management of key assignments for the purpose of accreditation.
This might involve the organization of specific items or artifacts into a portfolio over time,
and the assignment features help students store, organize and track their progress.
Often, there is a need to assess student progress in relation to the standards, outcomes
or frameworks of a program. When set up correctly, assignments enable the reports
needed to demonstrate student success.
Goals:
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Understand the benefits and uses of assignments in HMH Portfolio.
Access resources to understand how to create, edit, submit and score
assignments
Understand the assignment workflow.
Identify the pathways to copying assignments to multiple sections and
understand the pros and cons of each.
Key Ideas:
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Assignments are part of a specific course. Copy features can replicate
assignments to another course or section.
Assignment templates are pre-made by admins or instructional designers for use
by instructors in any course (using the same framework).
Assignments and assignment templates must include a name and an alignment
type. It is recommended to include a description, a rubric and alignment to
Portfolio frameworks. Due dates, documents and badges are optional additions
to assignments.
Resources:
Video Tutorial: My Courses - Part 1: Assignments
Video Tutorial: My Courses - Part 2 – Beyond Assignments
Instructor Help
Student Help
Video: Students using Blackboard
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Assignments align to Portfolios
One key benefit of assignments is that they can be aligned to portfolios.
This lets students
 understand the connection between the assignments and the standards or
outcomes of the course or program.
 easily collect a portfolio of work over time, as artifacts added to an assignment
are automatically added to the criteria in the portfolio.
This lets instructors and administrators
 view and assess student work from multiple assignments over time.
 provide a capstone experience that enhances reflection.
 understand how the curriculum maps to outcomes or standards (see curriculum
mapping reports.
ECE-210 Lesson
Plan Assignment
•NAEYC 3a
•NAEYC 3b
ECE-290 Student
Teaching Portfolio
Assignment
•NAEYC 6b
•NAEYC 6d
ECE-180 Infant & Toddler
Environments Portfolio Assignment
•NAEYC 1c
•NAEYC 4b
•NAEYC 5c
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Assignment Workflow
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Creating Assignments
From Blackboard Learn’s Partner Content area, users can click Create Assignment to
create a portfolio assignment for the course. See resources on page 28.
Copying and Replicating Assignments across Sections
As an instructional designer or administrator setting up HMH Portfolio accounts with
assignment data and information for the first time, there are likely some questions:
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How can I set assignments up in advance to make it as easy as possible for
instructors?
How can I copy assignments to multiple sections of a course?
HMH Portfolio has several tools available to support your work flow:
OPTION 1: Course Copy in Blackboard
This option works well for schools that use developmental or
course shells in Blackboard. These are master courses that do not
have students in them. When ready, shells are copied by
Blackboard admin to a new course.
Benefits
 Consistent with a common existing
workflow.
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Assignments from shell copy over
to child course.
Drawbacks
 Instructors will need to add
portfolios to courses in HMH
Portfolio.
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May need to associate child course
to HMH Portfolio before copying
from master shell.
Sample Workflow:
Log In
Access
Create
Sync
Copy
Add
• Log in and go to Master Development Shell in Blackboard - Designer should be enrolled as instructor n
shell
• Designer uses Partner Content to access HMH Portfolio in Course
• Designer uses Create Assignment tools to set up assignments in HMH Portfolio
• Designer follows prompts to pull Portfolio Assignments into Blackboard course shell.
• Course shell can be copied in Blackboard to new course section.
• Users access set up assignments from section. Instructors need to authorize or create HMH Portfolio
account & add frameworks to course.
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OPTION 2: Assignment Templates
One option for users of HMH Portfolio and Blackboard Learn’s Partner Cloud is
assignment templates. Assignment templates provide a way to set up all of the details
included in an assignment (description, alignment, documents, rubric, etc) in advance, to
be selected and copied into any course.
Benefits
Drawbacks
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Assignment Templates can be set
up in advance with all
requirements.
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Only administrators in HMH
Portfolio can create assignment
templates
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Instructors can modify assignment
based on a template.
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Instructors can modify assignment
based on a template.
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Templates are easily pulled into
Blackboard Learn.
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Only templates using the same
portfolios (standards or outcomes)
as are aligned to the course are
available as an option. This is
designed to help instructors filter
and choose appropriate templates,
but means they have to add
standards to their course first, then
choose a template.
Sample Workflow with Blackboard Learn:
Log In
Create
Log In
•Admin/Designer logs into Blackboard and accesses HMH Portfolio
•Admin/ designer creates assignment templates for use
•Instructors log into Blackboard and go to course.
Asso •Instructor uses Partner Content tools to associate HMH Portfolio to course
ciate
Add
Select
Submit
•Instructor clicks Create Assignment but only adds existing portfolio frameworks to
course.
•Instructor Returns to LMS and and selects Template
•Instructor uses template and submits update to course.
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OPTION 3: Course Copy in HMH Portfolio
Course Copy is supported in HMH Portfolio by editing the parent course in the
administrator’s user management section. The latest integration through
Blackboard Learn’s Partner Cloud has provided easier options, but this pathway
still exists as a viable option.
Benefits
 Allows for copying of
assignments, resources or units
in one course into another
“child” course.
 Allows for copying between
multiple schools.
Drawbacks & Restrictions
 Once a “parent” class copies to
a “child” class, a second “parent”
class cannot copy to that same
“child” class.
 “Child class” must be empty of
all content to copy the first time.
Once an association is created,
additional items may be copied
from “parent” to “child”
 Only available to HMH Portfolio
admin users.
 Child course must exist in HMH
Portfolio to copy to it, requiring
instructors to launch from the
new section.
Sample Workflow:
• Access HMH Portfolio through course in the LMS
Launch
Create
• Use HMH Portfolio tools to add assignments to "parent" course
• Have instructors launch from new sections of course to HMH Portfolio.
Notify admin this is complete.
Launch
Copy
• HMH Portfolio admin edits parent course to copy to new sections.
Notifies instructors.
Sync
• Instructors need to use LMS Tools to sync assignments in HMH
Portfolio to Blackboard LMS Content area.
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Next Steps:
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Set Up Portfolios, Rubrics, Assignments, etc… for instructors.
Set expectations for Instructors & Students – what will each be asked to do?
Plan resources & training for Instructors.
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