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Course FAQs - Digication E-Portfolio
This page lists Frequently Asked Questions about Digication Courses. Have a question that is not addressed here?  Email macaulayl@etown.edu and we will find an answer!

What's the purpose of creating a course in Digication?

Digication allows you to create courses as containers for your students' e-Portfolios. Digication courses have some features like Canvas, but it is not recommended to use Digication in place of Canvas. Digication courses are a way to streamline working with e-Portfolios and simplifying course, program, and college assessment requirements and initiatives.  Here are some benefits to using Digication courses for your students' portfolios:

  • You don't have to search for the portfolios in the general E-Town system; they're all collected in one easy-to-reach place. 
  • Students in the same course can see each others' portfolios more easily without having to make the portfolios public to everyone.
  • You can create a template portfolio so that all portfolios follow a similar design and structure, making it easier for students to create and submit assignments.
  • You can have students formally submit portfolio components as course assignments. The data that is collected is aligned to course and program Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), while still allowing the student complete control and access to edit and revise their portfolio whenever they wish.

What's the difference between a portfolio and a course in Digication?

A portfolio is a specific website devoted to showcasing and highlighting particular kinds of learning. A course in Digication is an area where you collect multiple portfolio artifacts in one place, as you might collect student work in Canvas.  

So is it like a course in Canvas?

Sort of. They have some similar features.  But Digication courses are unique in that the courses and assignments are aligned to SLOs so that assignments collected within Digication result in automatic data collection for college assessment initiatives.

Why can't I create a course?

If you are in the Digication system as faculty, you should see the green Create button under "My Courses"; if you don't see that, you're probably enrolled as a student. Email macaulayl@etown.edu to get your status changed.

What's the difference between a course, a community and an assessment group?

Just the name. The latter two are there for those who want to create a portfolio container that doesn't correspond to an official course. Because we want to be able to collect data at course, program, and college levels, the best solution for that is a Digication course.

Why would I create a template portfolio?

To make it easy for you to find materials in your students' portfolios. If you're reading twenty different portfolios that each contain a large number of assignments, you make it easier for yourself by having them all structured the same way. Having a template makes it easier for students to get started, too.

If I change the template portfolio after my students have created portfolios from it, will their portfolios change to reflect the new template?

No. Creating a portfolio from a template is a one-time process, so make sure you get your template in a form you're happy with before you ask the students to make their portfolios. If a change must be made, students who already are using the template can still copy/paste/add content from the new template into their existing portfolios.

If I'm creating assignments, can I see what it looks like for students to submit them?

You can't look at your own courses from a student's perspective. However, we are working with Digication to create a "fake student" account so that faculty may see what things look like from a student perspective.

Can I allow students to resubmit revised versions of assignments in the assignment system?

Yes. If you want to allow all students to resubmit, go to the evidence step and check the box marked "After step is completed, should changes be allowed?" If you want to allow an individual student to resubmit an assignment, look at the assignment grid and select the student's name, then click the evidence step that you want to unlock for the students. Below the comment area, there's a link marked Save and unsubmit; click that to reopen the step for the student's submission.

I've changed my mind about the options I set when I designed the course. How do I go back and change them?

Go to the Settings tab and click Administration and General Info.

How do I create multiple sections of the same course without having to enter everything from scratch? Or make a new copy of an old course?

Follow the usual instructions for creating a new course, giving it a new name and a new URL - include whatever distinguishes it from the existing one, like the section number and semester name ("Fall 2013" for example). If you've created a template portfolio (or other portfolio) for one course, you can add it to the second one the same way you did to the first. When you change the portfolio template, it will change the template in both courses. To copy over assignments, go to your new course, click the Settings tab, and under Administration click Import. You'll see a list of all the courses to which you have faculty access; click the title of the one you want to import. You'll see a list of content that you can import; make sure Assignments is checked and click Import.

Assignments in courses have four different workflow step "types".  Which one(s) do I choose?

Assignment workflow steps are either Evidence, Reflection, Rubric, or Standards steps.  Every assignment created should have at least an Evidence step and a Standards step so that Digication can be used effectively to gather course program and college assessment data.

When I create a Standard or Rubric step for an assignment in a course, what does it need to connect to?

Both standard and rubric steps in an assignment workflow will align to the evidence step that provides the data to determine if the standard is met or to what level on the rubric.

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