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Frequently Asked Questions
What is TaskStream?
TaskStream is Santa Clara University’s choice of a web-based software program that allows the creation of electronic portfolios including documents, images, sound, and video. These are stored on a hosted, secure server. Electronic portfolios can be shared with others, such as peers, family, prospective employers, or can meet a class requirement or a requirement for one’s major or program.
Who has access to TaskStream?
Beginning in 2011-12, all Freshmen will receive TaskStream accounts that will be valid for four years. After graduation, students have the option of continuing to maintain their accounts by extending the subscription. Students may also download their materials to retain them on their own computer system. Faculty and eligible staff also have been issued TaskStream accounts. Graduate students may have access to TaskStream through their graduate programs.
How do I log in to TaskStream?
All eligible users (current Freshmen and faculty and staff) will sign onto the TaskStream system via the SCU Login link on the university home page. To gain access to TaskStream, you will be prompted to log in using your eCampus user name and password. You will not need to create a different TaskStream user ID.
If you created an account over the summer where you created your own TaskStream user ID and password, you will no longer need to use this. The login procedure has been streamlined so you will only need to log in with your eCampus ID and password. If you are a graduate student, you will sign in directly on the TaskStream home page using the user name and password created in TaskStream.
How will I use SCU ePortfolio for my Pathway requirement?
Even before you declare a Pathway, it’s wise to get in the habit of saving all your coursework related to any potential Pathway you may choose. You can create a personal ePortfolio where you can save all of your coursework (see instructions in the Technical Support area for Creating a Personal ePortfolio).
Once you have declared a Pathway in eCampus, you’ll be able to access an ePortfolio site created for your chosen Pathway. In this ePortfolio you will upload your assignments from your Pathways courses and submit your Reflection essay for evaluation. Instructions for how to get access to the Pathways ePortfolios so that you can complete your Pathways requirement will be available in March on the Core Curriculum Website.
How can I learn more about how to use TaskStream?
TaskStream provides member support services. Students and faculty can call them at 1-800-311-5656 (Press "1" for support) or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have several online help areas to support users.
If you are a faculty member and want mentoring in the creation of an ePortfolio structure for your course, you can email email@example.com to request mentoring services. A TaskStream support staff member will set up a time to walk you through the process of creating an ePortfolio structure. In addition, Media Services Instructional Technology staff can assist you. Additionally, Media Services Instructional Technology staff can assist you following your initial session with TaskStream.
For faculty interested in an overview of the ways in which ePortfolios can be used in the classroom or in their programs, please contact Professor Chris Bachen to set up individual or group consultations.
When I create an ePortfolio, can I decide with whom I want to share it?
Yes, TaskStream allows the author to decide with whom to share their work and provides you with several options for sharing it.
How does SCU ePortfolio compare with Camino?
Camino offers a full course management system, complete with options for discussion forums, wikis, course content, drop boxes, etc. In addition, SCU automatically populates your Camino courses with the roster of your students each quarter. ePortfolio provides some of the same functions as a course management system, but its strength lies in providing the option for students to share their work in a “published” version with various audiences and for programs to develop rich archives of student work as a way to showcase student achievement and assess student learning.