Showcase your achievements

Having an ePortfolio is key in today's job market, as it allows you to gather your educational experience and support it with evidence of your work and achievements. Find out how to use the Portfolium platform below.

Portfolium

Portfolium is an ePortfolio platform where you can curate and showcase your education achievements, projects and competencies by displaying previous educational and professional content. Portfolium allows you to upload images, videos, documents, among other elements.

Portfolium features

Among many options, Portfolium allows you to:

  • Upload your resume and make it visible to potential employers.
  • Add content such as courses you have taken and your accomplishments.
  • Display information on clubs and programs you are part of.
  • Show your education and work experience.
  • Connect with people you may or would like to know.
  • Receive feedback and suggestions on how to complete and improve your profile through the Profile Strength Meter.
  • Show the units you have taken and attach projects you have completed during your studies.
  • Upload and display your certifications.
  • Showcase projects you have completed such as research and lab reports, essays, demonstrations of skills such as design, drawing, and writing. You can do so by adding files, media and photos.

Watch the video below to learn more about Portfolium.

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Accessing Portfolium

Before you can start using Portfolium, you first need to create a Portfolium Network account

Create a Portfolium Network account

  1. Go to https://mqu.portfolium.com.au
  2. Under 'Create a Portfolium account' enter your Macquarie Student email address and click 'Continue'.
    Portfolium log in page
  3. Enter your First and Last name.
  4. For the Password, enter the same password you use for your MQ OneID.
  5. For 'Account type' select 'Undergraduate Student'.
  6. Enter your 'Birthday'.
  7. View the 'Terms of service' and 'privacy policy' and 'tick' if you agree and click 'Continue'.
    Portfolium sign up page
  8. An email will be sent to your MQ Student email address.
    Portfolium email sent page
  9. Search for an email called "Confirm your Portfolium account" and click 'Confirm Now'.
    Portfolium email confirmation page
  10. A new window will open and click 'Start Now'.
    Portfolium starting up page
  11. Enter what you are majoring in and click 'Next'.
    Portfolium major selection page
  12. Select the year you plan to graduate and select 'Next'.
    Portfolium graduation year selection page
  13. Enter in any of your current skills and click 'Next'. You can always click on Skip and come back update these details later in your account profile.
    Portfolium skills selection page
  14. Search for some friends, teammates and classmates at Macquarie and click 'Next'.
    Portfolium friend search page
  15. If you would like to, upload your resume and toggle on Only show my resume to potential employers if you would like this enabled and click 'Next'.
    Portfolium resume upload page
  16. Your Portfolium account is now created and ready for you to populate.
    Portfolium profile page

Ensure you have created a Porfolium account first before logging in this way.  Follow the instructions under the How do I sign up for a Portfolium Network account accordion.

  1. Go to https://mqu.portfolium.com.au
  2. Click 'Macquarie University SSO Login'.
    Portfolium log in screen
  3. Enter your MQ Student OneID and password.
    Portfolium SSO login for Macquarie
  4. Your Portfolium account will be displayed.
    Portfolium home page

The Macquarie University email address and password you used to create your account will always be your primary email address to this account and you will not be able to delete this email.

You can add an additional email address to your Portfolium account to receive notifications by following these instructions for editing your email address in Portfolium.

Managing your profile

You can view your Portfolium profile and add content, projects, experience, and connections.

The Overview modal allows you to edit basic information for your profile, including your first and last name, tagline, education, current position, and location.

Additionally, you can view the Profile Strength Meter which shows you how complete your profile is and offers suggestions to improve your profile. The Profile Strength Meter can show the following strength levels:

  • Beginner
  • Rookie
  • Pro
  • Champ

When creating your Portfolium account, a profile URL will be auto-generated for you. You can update your profile URL, if desired.

When you set up your Portfolium account, you will enter your basic information such as your full name, birthday (required but not displayed), phone number, etc. You can update the information you entered as part of account creation in your user settings.

You can add an introduction, or bio, to your profile to help introduce yourself. Your introduction should include some brief information about you, your education and professional background, and anything else you want connections or potential employers to know about you.

You can add the units you have taken and attach projects you have completed during your studies.

Alternatively, you can simply add any projects from your studies independently of the originating unit (see information in the Managing Project section below).

You can add accomplishments to your profile to showcase specific achievements you have made in your education, career, or personal life.

If you have received any certifications you can add them to your Portfolium profile. A certification can be a certificate, license, or assessment that certifies your knowledge or experience.

If you have been involved in community service or other volunteer efforts, you can showcase that volunteering experience on your Portfolium profile.

If you have published works, such as research, essays, books, etc you can showcase those publications on your Portfolium profile.

Your Portfolium profile is a great place to showcase your current and previous work experiences. As you enter your work experiences you will have the chance to attach projects you completed and tag teammates you have worked with.

Your Portfolium profile is a great place to showcase your current and previous educational experiences. As you enter your education experiences you will have the chance to attach projects you completed and tag teammates you have worked with.

You can add skills to your profile to indicate specific areas in which you are talented by following these instructions. Skills can be either generic skills, such as communication, leadership, teamwork, etc., or technical skills, such as specific software you have mastered.

Portfolium is a platform to showcase your work experience to colleagues and potential employers. Adding a resume to your profile helps potential employers get a detailed background of your professional experience. Follow these instructions to upload your resume to Portfolium.

If you encounter a project, content, or profile that contains inappropriate material you can report it by following these instructions.

You can customise your notification preferences in your Portfolium account under your profile settings by following these instructions.

If you no longer want to interact with or message a user, or you don't want them to be able to interact with or message you, you can block the user. You do not have to be connected with a user to block them by following these instructions. You can unblock a user by viewing their profile page or by viewing blocked accounts in your user settings.

You can view which accounts you have blocked in your user settings, and unblock the user(s), if desired. You can also unblock a user by viewing the user's profile page.

You can update your Portfolium account privacy settings to allow or prevent other users and employers from viewing your profile, enable or disable cookies and analytics, and download a copy of your data by following these instructions.

Managing your projects

Projects are a great way to showcase work you have completed for your education or career. Project types include research and lab reports, essays, demonstrations of skills such as design, drawing, and writing. Follow these instructions on adding a project to your portfolio.

A variety of file types can be uploaded or imported to Portfolium.

You can add photos to your projects to help showcase your work. Photos can be uploaded from your device, imported from linked social media accounts, or imported from a web search.  Be careful to only use images you own or with appropriate copyright releases.

For best results, default images, or thumbnails, should be 500px by 280px.

You can embed media and add links to your projects from different web services including YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi, Microsoft Sway, SoundCloud, SlideShare, and Sketchfab. Embedded media can be viewed and played directly in your project. To add a video to your entry, you must use either YouTube or Vimeo to host the video.

You can add links to the description of your project. Portfolium uses markdown formatting for links, and the Insert Link tool will automatically apply markdown formatting for you.

You can view all the projects you have added to your profile by following these instructions on viewing your Portfolium projects.

You can save your projects as drafts before you publish them to your profile.

You can edit or delete published projects or project drafts in your profile. Deleted projects can be neither restored nor recovered.

You can set the visibility of individual projects in the project settings menu, as well as manage commenting by following these instructions on changing privacy settings. Visibility options include public, signed-in Portfolium members, your connections, and private to you.

You can share your projects or projects made by others to social media by following these instructions on sharing projects to social media.

You can generate an embed code to embed your projects directly in your blog or personal website by following these instructions on generating an embed code. In the embed options, you can adjust the size of your embedded project, if needed. You can also generate an embed code to share projects created by other Portfolium members.

Networking

By default, you won’t be searchable or found by other people.  If you want to be found by your colleagues and friends:

  1. Click on your profile in the top right corner and select 'Settings'.
    Settings button on Portfolium
  2. Select 'Privacy'.
  3. Untick "Only allow people I’m connected with to view my profile" and click 'Update Privacy Settings' at the bottom of the page to make yourself searchable and found by other people.

    Visibility settings on Portfolium

The Portfolium home page gives you an overview of the activity in your network and provides links to visit different areas of Portfolium.

The Discover page allows you to discover content from across Portfolium. The Discover page includes staff and expert picks, trending content, and categories so you can easily filter to see projects relevant to your background.

Adding connections in Portfolium is a great way to network and learn about potential opportunities. You can find connections in several different locations:

  • the suggestions page
  • the discover page
  • other profiles
  • searching by name

When you send a connection request you have the option to send a short message introducing yourself or greeting the new connection. Your connection request will be notified when you send a request, and you will be notified when they accept your request.

You can view all your connections in Portfolium in your profile. Pending requests and referrals also display in your connections page.

When you come across a project that you like, you can like it and leave feedback for the creator. If commenting is enabled on the project, you and others will be able to leave compliments for the creator. When you like or comment on a project the creator will be notified and when other users like or comment on your projects you will be notified.

Your Portfolium account includes a messaging tool so you can communicate with other members directly on Portfolium. You can send messages directly from another user's profile or from your inbox. To message a user you must be connected with that user.

Some Portfolium messages can be replied to from your email inbox, without the need to log in to Portfolium. Currently, the following message types can be replied to from your external email:

  • New message thread
  • Reply to a message thread
  • Message from an employer
  • Comment left on your entry or an entry you're tagged in

Getting Help

For technical issues, you can chat with Portfolium support from any page in Portfolium. Support is available 24/7, 365 days with live support. You can also view the Portfolium User Group to search for an answer to your question.

For ePortfolio curation, contact your Unit Convenor.