Introducing Portfolium: Using the Canvas ePortfolio Tool

When applying for summer jobs, internships, or other such opportunities having an ePortfolio is essential for showing off your projects, abilities, and growth as a young professional.

Brette Wilton-Kristoff, Graduate Student, Communications Specialist, GMCTL

April 23rd, 2021

Photo by Omid Kashmari on Unsplash


Portfolium is a tool offered in Canvas where you can build an electronic portfolio to showcase your work as a student.

“An electronic portfolio/ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is useful for showing both the product and the process of learning …” – Julie Maier,* Instructional Designer, USask Distance Education Unit

Your instructors might also use Portfolium as part of your course requirements: 

    • Be sure to review your course syllabus for specific instructions for using Portfolium as a part of your course requirements.


When integrated across a student’s entire degree program, an ePortfolio allows [student’s] to exit with a thoughtfully-compiled collection of their best work, a timeline of their growth and development as a learner, and a showcase of who they are as a professional and scholar in their field.” – Julie Maier, Instructional Designer, USask Distance Education Unit


 Before you start building your Folio using the USask ePortfolio tool in Canvas, here are a few things to know: 

1. Access your Folio in your Canvas Account profile, accessible from your Global Navigation Menu: 

2. Update your Portfolium Profile and Settings:

  • There are lots of ways you can customize your Folio to showcase who you are as an aspiring scholar!
    • You can customize settings and formatting similar to other platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook. 
  • Edit your privacy settings and visibility options.
    • Add a list of your current or past Courses to demonstrate your range in educational experience.

3. Upload your ongoing or completed Projects:

  • You can either import directly from Canvas or from your computer files. 
    • Upload a variety of file formats including PDF, Powerpoint, Word Docs, Panopto, Youtube videos, and more. 
  • Showcase your projects and samples of your work that you are most proud of, or that you think demonstrate your learning abilities:

4. Add your Resume, work experience, internships, and scholarships as a way to connect your education with your work/life experience and goals.

  • Be sure to include any fun projects, volunteer experience, or extracurricular community involvement you’ve been involved with.

5. Have more questions about setting up your Folio? Check out the Portfolium Network

*Many thanks to Julie Maier, DEU for her expertise and advice on this post!


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