3.1. Post and pages
a. Posts and pages
The entries or WordPress posts are the contents corresponding to the news or articles that are part of the blog, in your case the portfolio.
They are arranged chronologically; therefore, the date of publication is relevant. They support categories and hashtags, which can be used to categorize and sort them.
The entries are usually displayed in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent, and leaving the oldest ones further down the page.
→ More information:Create an entry
When you edit an entry you can decide if you want to publish it in your Folio, in the Agora or if you want to submit it to the continuous assessment register of the course.
b. View permissions
In the case of Folio, the entries can be published with different viewing permissions, which you will find in the “Publish” menu. By choosing one type of visibility or another, you will decide who has access to the entries, from among the six levels that it allows: public, password, campus, classroom, teaching staff and private.
If you publish with classroom or higher permissions (campus or public), your submission will also be visible on the Campus and in the Agora of the course classroom, and your classmates will be able to see the contributions you have made and even comment on them.
→ More information: Publish inside and outside the UOC space
Also as a specific functionality of Folio, there is the option of linking the entries to the courses you are studying in order to submit work. Through the ActiFolio panel you can link the activity with which you want to associate your publication. Keep in mind that this action links your publication to the course activity, but it does not affect visibility.
→ More information: Use ActiFolio: link the publications to the activities of the course
The Folio Community
Beyond each person’s own Folio or the Agoras that collect the publications of people within the context of a classroom, there is the Folio Community space.
The Folio Community is a panel, a temporary stream of posts where anyone can promote their content and interact with other members of the community, leaving comments or being inspired by what others have shared. It is a space where content from people from all kinds of studies and disciplines converge.
For content to appear in the Community, it is only necessary that when an entry is published or edited in the personal Folio, the promotion option is activated in the Community. The only requirement is that the entry must have a ‘Public’ or ‘Campus’ visibility.
The pages are, unlike the entries, static content that is used for the presentation and generic information of the portfolio or blog
One of the differences between pages and posts is the order. In the entries content is presented in chronological order, while in the pages it is ordered by hierarchy of information. The order, in this case, is determined by its location in the menu and is therefore hierarchical rather than chronological.
In the case of Folio, the pages can also be published with different viewing permissions, which you will find in the Publish menu, but in this case there are four levels: public, password, campus and private.
Pages cannot be linked to course activities; therefore, they do not have the ActiFolio panel.
|Is the publication date shown?||Yes||No|
|Does it allow tags?||Yes||No|
|Does it support categories?||Yes||No|
|Visible in the Agora?||Yes||No|
|Type of permissions:||Public|
3.2 Add media: images and videos
The aesthetic richness of your Folio will probably be defined by the images or videos that you have embedded Therefore, it is essential to master the incorporation process and the design of your portfolio.
You must save the images in the “Media Library” of your Folio. From this repository you can insert them into the page, or modify their format.
You must save the images in the “Media Library” of your Folio. You can use the media library as a repository and insert the images on the page, or modify their format: resize, scale, crop or modify the orientation of the image.
→ More information:: Create an entry with images
Videos are treated differently to images, basically because of their format and weight. Therefore, there are three ways to add a video to your Folio:
1. Upload and create videos with Kaltura (the UOC’s own tool). You can upload a video of yourself or make a live recording.
2. Embedding or video embedding. Recommended when you want to upload a YouTube or Vimeo video without the need for it to be stored in the Media Library.
3. Directly to the Media Library. 300MB maximum.
|Video formats allowed in Folio|
|.MP4||.WMV (Windows Media Vídeo)||OGV (Ogg)|
|.M4V (o MPEG-4)||.AVI||.3GP (3GPP)|
|.MOV (with QuickTime)||.MPG||.3G2 (3GPP2)|
→ More information: nsert, upload, incorporate or embed videos to Folio
3.3 Discussions and comments
a. Configure comments
When you are editing a post, you have the possibility of allowing other users to comment on your post. You just have to check the option “Allow comments” that appears at the end of the entry that you want to publish.
The most recommended option is to use the “Options” section. It is thus activated by default, without having to give the command each time. To enable it, go to Options -> >Discussion Options >-> Allow people to post comments on new posts. . These configuration options will affect both the comments made to you from your Folio and those from the Agora of the course.
Although it is not possible to edit the comments that you leave in other Folios, you will be able to edit the ones that have been left in yours, regardless of the above configuration. You can access it through the side menu and the “Comments” tab. There you will find the list of published comments that you can approve, reject or edit.
Although Folio allows you to edit comments that have been left for you, it is not good practice to do so. If they include content that you consider inappropriate, you have the option not to publish it, but it is not advisable or ethical to modify another person’s opinion.
b. Comment from the Agora: debate
As you know, the entries that you publish with Classroom permissions linked to an ActiFolio will also be published in the Agora of the course. To allow your publications to be discussed from the Agora, you need to assign the “Classroom” visibility to the publication. Next, you need to choose the classroom to which you want to assign the publication within the ActiFolio space, the activity within the classroom and “Update“.
You must start the debate from the Agora, by clicking the “Debate” button within the entry you want to comment on.
When you click on “Debate” it will take you to the end of the entry, where you can add a comment to the Agora entry. Once written, select the visibility you want to give the comment, and click “Send” at the bottom so that it is published in the Agora. Immediately afterwards, the comment will appear listed, along with the rest of the comments added by your classmates.
1. Configure comments from the “Options” section so that comments are allowed by default.
2. Make sure that your entries are in “Classroom” visibility so that they appear in the Agora and your classmates can comment on them.
a. Publish with ActiFolio
To link the entries to the activities of the courses, you only have to select the activity with which you want to associate the publication in the ActiFolio panel.
If you publish with Classroom or higher permissions (Campus or Public), your submission will also be visible in the classroom Agora, so that your classmates can see the contributions you make and even comment on them.
→ More information: Use ActiFolio: link the publications to the activities of the course
b. Submissions to the continuous assessment register with Folio
The procedure for making continuous assessment activity submissions from Folio is very similar to posting a general entry. In fact, once created and published, you just have to make sure to use the button that defines it as a submission in the continuous assessment register.
1. Once you have written your entry, select the Teaching staff or higher visibility permit.
2: Select the ActiFolio linked to your delivery.
3: Once you have the activity ready to be assessed, click on the button with the text “Continuous assessment register submission“. This will make your publication appear on the teaching staff panel as an assessable submission. Follow the instructions to confirm that you want to make the submission.
You can submit it as many times as you consider necessary and the submissions will appear in this section. Please note that only the latest version will be available for teachers to assess.
Teachers who have activated Folio in their programme will be able to assess the entire process of their students through the tool. The grade will only be visible to the teaching staff and to the author of the continuous assessment activity. You have the information available in the Manual for teachers and you also have recorded training sessions to facilitate the implementation of Folio in your classroom.
→ More information: Publish a continuous assessment activity in the continuous assessment register
1. Be sure to select only the ActiFolios corresponding to the activity with which you are working. If not, they will appear in the Agora of all the selected activities.
2. When submitting to the continuous assessment register through Folio, you will receive a submission confirmation email, and you can also check it in the continuous assessment register of the course.
3.5 Proposed activity
Create an entry with image and video:
Make a presentation by creating an entry in which there is an image that is meaningful to you and a video. Choose which of the three options is most convenient for you when inserting the video (create, embed or insert from the library). The content of the video can be your own creation or a video that you have already recorded and that is meaningful to you. You can publish this entry in the Agora of the Portfolio Tools Laboratory, with the corresponding ActiFolio: “Activity block 3”.
Comment on a classmate’s post
Next, we encourage you to search the Agora for a publication by your classmates that you find interesting and post a comment.