DU Portfolio

The University of Denver's DU Portfolio is a fully developed web-based application that supports the academic community with a searchable database of electronic portfolios for students, faculty, staff and alumni, and communities.

DU Portfolio is being decommissioned in 2023. Read more about the decommissioning process here.

Frequently Asked Questions: DU Portfolio Replacement

Why are we replacing DU Portfolio? 

DU Portfolio is a home-grown platform created in 2003 that the university no longer updates and is no longer sustainable for continued long-term use. It was developed in a time when few viable options for ePortfolios, intranets, and file sharing repositories existed. DU does not have the capacity to address a major failure event and/or possible security vulnerabilities.  

When is DU Portfolio going away? 

Because DU portfolio is a homegrown system, we do not need to worry about an impending end to a contract. Because we anticipate the needs of DU Portfolio being met by multiple platforms, some which already exist, you may begin moving resources to already-existing repositories at any time. For course-based ePortfolios, we anticipate launching its replacement in Winter 2023. We intend to decommission DU portfolio completely by approximately summer 2024.   

Where should I move my DU Portfolio for curricular, co-curricular, and professional e-Portfolios? 

The e-Portfolio replacement software, Digication, will be available in 2023. 

Where should I move my DU Portfolio for other uses cases? 

If you are faculty or staff using DU Portfolio for another use case (intranet, community profile, committee, accreditation), the following options may be able to meet your needs.  

If you would like to meet with a member of the IT Software Adoption team to discuss your options for transitioning away from DU Portfolio, submit a Portfolio Decommission Consultation request

Options for Transitioning to Another Solution 

Option 1: Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams is available to all DU community members as part of the Office 365 suite. Teams could be a good solution for the following use cases: 

  • Departmental Intranet 
  • Committee Resource Page
  • Accreditation
  • Academic Program Management

Review the following videos to see an example of a departmental resource page that has been moved from DU Portfolio to Teams. 

link to Transition From DU Portfolio to Microsoft Teams training playlist

Pros & Cons of Microsoft Teams 

Pros

  • Do it yourself: no request necessary to create a new team or add other users 
  • Lots of file storage (up to 25 TB per team) 
  • Roles: Team Owner, Member and Guest Capabilities 
  • Create multiple channels for the whole team or only certain users 
  • Archive channels that are no longer needed 
  • Share with users outside the University 
  • Collaborate on files in real time 
  • Chat and video call anyone on Teams 

Cons

  • Not a lot of visual customization

How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

Anyone can set up a new Team in Microsoft Teams. Refer to the training above or follow the tutorials linked below. 

For more information and training materials, visit the IT webpage on Teams

Option 2: MyDU Pages

MyDU is the University’s internal portal. The Pages feature in MyDU could be a good solution for the following use cases: 

  • Internal Resource Page 
  • Basic External Website 

Basic information on setting up pages within MyDU can be found in the following article. 

Review the following videos to see an example of a basic portfolio page that has been moved from DU Portfolio to MyDU. 

Transition from DU Portfolio to MyDU Video Training

Pros & Cons of MyDU Pages 

Pros

  • Define your audience (faculty only, staff only, students of a certain year or college, etc.) or share your page externally 
  • Each page has a unique, shareable URL
  • Internal users can bookmark pages for easy access 
  • Simple editing platform 
  • Content is searchable within MyDU 

Cons

  • Only one page (no options to create multiple pages or tabs within pages) 
  • Basic look and feel (one column layout) 
  • All content is either public or private 
  • No file storage or organization 
  • Limited to two editors

How to Get Started with MyDU Pages

To request a new page in MyDU, submit a ticket here

Request a Consultation

We understand that this transition is complex and user-specific. If you would like to meet with a member of the IT Software Adoption team to discuss your options for transitioning away from DU Portfolio, submit a Portfolio Decommission Consultation request

Additional Resources