Eportfolios at Luther College:

As a part of the Sophomore Initiative, Luther College is piloting the use of eportfolios in advising, in courses, in major programs, and in work study. Eportfolios give students a chance to reflect on their experiences so far, gather and archive examples of their work, and create professional portfolios they can share with prospective employers.To get involved with an eportfolio pilot at Luther College, contact Erin Flater [email protected]

This website provides some technical information regarding using Google Sites as an eportfolio platform.

How to Use Google Sites to create an eportfolio (video)

How to share a template with someone*:

  1. Login to New Google Sites (https://sites.google.com/new) and open your site.
  2. At the top, click the "Share with others" icon".
  3. Under "Invite people," enter the name or email address of the person or Google Group you want to add.
  4. Optional: You can send them an email notifying them if you want. If you do not want to send an email, uncheck the box “Notify people”.**
  5. Click “Send” or “OK”  Click “Done”.

*Pro tip: Keep a clean copy of your template somewhere where others cannot access it. That way, if others make changes to your template on accident, you’ll still have a clean copy.
**Pro tip: To avoid others modifying your template, it is recommend that you uncheck the “Notify people” box. That way you have the option to be present when others first see the template.

How to make a copy of a template that has been shared with you:

  1. Within Google Drive, search for the name of the template that was shared***.
  2. Right click on the site name.
  3. Left click on “Make a copy”.

Pro tip: Making a copy may take up to a minute to complete. Your copied google site will appear in your “My Drive”.

Note: If your site is large, it may not copy.
***Pro tip: You can always find Google items shared with you in “Shared with me”

Now you can rename the site,

  1. On a computer, open a site in new Google Sites.
  2. At the top left, click “Untitled Site”.
  3. Enter the name of your site file.
  4. Press Enter or Return.


How do I make my Google site public for viewing?

  1. On a computer, open a site in new Google Sites.
  2. At the top, next to "Publish", click the Down arrow .
  3. Click “Publish settings”.
  4. Click “Request public search engines” to not display my site.
  5. Click “Save”.

How do I view the published version of my Google Site?

  • Click the eye icon to view the Site as it will appear when published to a viewer.
  • Use the icons on the bottom right to toggle between how the site will be viewed on various different devices.
  • When you want to return to editing mode, click the X to “exit preview”.

What browsers can I use?  

  • When you edit your site, make sure:
    • You use Chrome version 24 or up, or the latest version of Firefox and Cookies and JavaScript are turned on
  • You can view your sites with the 2 most recent versions of the following browsers:
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari

Can I copy a page from one Google Site to another?

Can I use a different theme on each page?

  • Google Sites does not allow you to have a different header/body/background image on a per-page or folder basis.  To make this happen, you'd have to create separate sites with a custom theme on each.

Can I change the top image on the page?

  • Yes. Hover over the top image - click on the Change Image drop down

Can you change the line spacing in the text?

  • No. You can add text boxes on top of each other.

Can I use multiple sizes of text in the same line?

  • No. You can add different text boxes that will allow you to change font sizes within the same line.

For more helpful Google Sites How-To’s:


Guide to using eportfolios with advisees (for pilot faculty only)

To get involved with an eportfolio pilot at Luther College, contact Erin Flater [email protected]
For technical assistance, contact the Technology Help Desk at [email protected] or 563-387-1000.