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Glossary of Terms

Blog: (abbreviation of the expression web log) is a discussion or informational site published online and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).

Learning Portfolio: a collection of learning evidence (both process and product) assembled and managed by a creator to assist in reflecting on learning in and out of the classroom, and to consider this learning holistically. The New School has adopted a digital learning portfolio (eportfolio) format, built on the WordPress platform.

WordPress: a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system.

CampusPress: the New School’s secure WordPress platform.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can create a portfolio?

Any New School student, instructor, or staff member can create a portfolio. Non-degree students can be given access by Distributed Education once approved by a divisional point person.

  1. How do users create a portfolio?

Information Technology has created a series of short and clear videos to guide in the process of setting up the ELP.

The full series is available here. 

1. How to Access Your Learning Portfolio

2. Creating Your Learning Portfolio

3. Five Main Components of the Learning Portfolio

4. Creating Categories and Tags

5. Dashboard Overview

Now add your ELP link to your student profile in canvas.  This is how faculty and classmates can find the ELP. The tutorial on adding a link a Canvas Profile is here.

  1. How do I decide which template to use?

Each college and some schools have developed templates they require their students to use.

  1. How many portfolios can one person have?

Each student should have a single learning portfolio, but can use the CampusPress tool to create an unlimited number of blogs.

  1. Can this tool also be used to create blogs?

Yes. It can be used in any way a WordPress blog can be used.

  1. What form of content can be placed in a portfolio?

The portfolio has content within it and can link to/embed content hosted outside the New School’s portfolio site, including Soundcloud, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. Content developed prior to attending the university can also be developed within and through links from the portfolio, including prior-learning experiences and admissions applications. All current university policies apply to content posted in learning portfolios, including student’s Code of Conduct (http://www.newschool.edu/student-rights-and-responsibilities/), Intellectual Property Rights (http://www.newschool.edu/leadership/provost/policies/), and Fair Use (link tbd).

  1. What are the file and storage capacities?

The limit per file is 19 MB. The limit per portfolio is 10 GB. (See #6 for best practice about hosting content outside LP to conserve space)

  1. What are the privacy settings?

The creator of the site has control over privacy settings.

Here are the privacy options for your New School learning portfolio, from most restrictive to least:

  • Only administrator can visit.

In CampusPress, the person who creates the portfolio is the “administrator”. This means that only you can view the content in your portfolio.

  • Anyone that visits must first provide this password, not including registered users of this blog.

Your portfolio is password protected, so people can view your blog if they enter a password that you have provided.

  • Only registered users of this blog can have access – anyone found under Users>All Users can have access.

Only people you have specifically added as users can view your portfolio.

  • Visitors must have a login – anyone that is a registered user of The New School Sites can gain access

This is the default setting for your learning portfolio. Anyone with a newschool.edu email account can view your portfolio.

  • Discourage search engines from indexing this site.

Your portfolio can be read by anyone with the URL, but search engines such as Google won’t be able to find it.

  • Allow search engines to index this site.

Your portfolio is public, so anyone can see and navigate the site and search indexes such as Google can find and catalog the site.


  1. What is the default privacy setting?

At the time the portfolio is created, anyone with a New School account can access the site (“Visitor must have a log-in”).

  1. How does the creator change the default privacy setting?

See tutorial.

  1. Who has access to the Learning Portfolio?

Students control privacy levels for their Learning Portfolios, but they may be required to share particular portfolio content with their instructors, as requested.

  1. Who to contact for technical support?

IT Help Desk: itservicedesk@newschool.edu / 212-229-5300 xHELP (4357)

  1. How does the portfolio tool complement Canvas?

There is a link to portfolio.newschool.edu in every Canvas class.

  1. How long does the creator have access to the New School Portfolio?

Students will have access to their New School Learning Portfolio for five years after their degree is conferred. Students who leave the university will have access for six months from their last day of class.

15. How do I re-establish the learning portfolio if it’s been deleted accidentally?

Contact distributeded@newschool.edu for assistance.

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