Creating Reflections and Commenting in ePortfolio

You can use Reflections in ePortfolio to record your thoughts, interest, goals or even a critical analysis of your learning.

A Reflection can be an independent item or it can be associated with an artefact, learning objective, collection or presentation. By associating a reflection with another item, you emphasise the relationship between them. It may also make it easier to revisit your goals and thoughts at a later date.

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Step One: Navigate to ePortfolio

1. From your VU Collaborate home page, navigate to a unit space located in My Spaces.

Navigate to ePortfolio

2. Select Toolbox from the Navbar and then select My ePortfolio.

Navbar to ePortfolio

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Step Two: Navigate to Reflection 

1. Select My Items tab.

2. Click on the Add menu and select Reflection.

Navigate to reflection

On the new screen that appears,

3. You may optionally give your reflection a Title.

4. Next, enter your thoughts in the Reflection field.

5. Add any tags you want the reflection to have.

6. Select Allow others to add/view comments if they have sufficient permission if you want to provide others with the option to comment on your reflection.

7. When you are satisfied with your Reflection, click Save & Close or Save.

New Reflection

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Step Three: Viewing Comments and Commenting on a Reflection

At the bottom of a Reflection, if the owner has given permission, you can publish a comment by clicking on Add Comment. You can also comment on your own Reflections, and read other people’s comments on your Reflection by scrolling down under the Comments section.

adding comments

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Step Four: Associate a Reflection with an Artefact, Learning Objective, Collection or Presentation

1. Click Edit from the context menu of an existing reflection.


2. To associate items to the reflection, click on the Add button.


3. Select whether you want to associate the reflection with an Artefact, Collection, Presentation, or Learning Objective. 

associate items

4. Select an item from the list of items that appears, then click Add.

associate an item

5. On the Edit Reflection page, click Save and Close.

save and close

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Step Five: Tagging your Content

Tags are keywords or descriptive labels that you add to items to help categorize them. For example, you can tag items with course codes, subjects, topics, purpose, or status. You can search both your own ePortfolio and others shared items by tags. 

1. Click Edit from the context menu of an artefact, reflection, presentation, collection, or learning objective.


2. Enter the tag/s in the Tags field and select Add Tag.


3. Click Save after you are finished adding tags to your work.



  • Enter multiple tags at once by separating words using spaces.
  • Use quotes "" to create multi-word tags, e.g "winter project".
  • Use the @ symbol in front of a tag to make it a private tag only you can see, e.g. @draft.
  • The search tool matches parts of words and phrases (e.g searching for "read" will match "reading" and "Reading Materials").

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