How do I set up my profile photo?

Users have the option to add a photo to their profile. If a profile photo is added, it is displayed as part of the user's profile in the Profile tool, and also appears in other locations such as the Forums tool (where it is included alongside the user's name whenever the user posts comments or responses). Adding a profile photo brings an additional, personal element to discussions and other activities, which is particularly helpful in courses that meet exclusively online.

Profile photos are also visible to instructors as an alternative to official photos in the Roster tool. Access to profile photos may be restricted in the privacy settings.

Accessing the Profile tool

Accessing the Profile tool

To begin setting up the Profile, click Profile in your Home site.

Setting the profile photo from the My Profile tab (custom image)

Setting the profile photo

Users can set a custom image as the profile photo.  To set a custom image as the profile photo, mouse over the image area and click Change to upload a new photo.

Select the new picture

Select the new picture

Click the Upload button to upload a new image.  After locating the desired image, select it and click the Open button or the Choose button, depending on your operating system.

Note: The image must be in a web-friendly format (such as .jpg, .gif or .png) and 2 MB or less in file size.

Upload the new picture

Upload the new picture

The uploaded image will appear in the Change Profile Picture window. Use the buttons and sliders to edit the image as desired, then click the Save button.

Refresh the page and view the updated picture

Refresh the page for changes to take effect
View the updated picture

After saving the uploaded image, click the Close button and reload the page in the web browser to see the new profile picture.

This image will display throughout UVACollab when users view your profile.  It is visible in places such as the Forums tool, where it appears with your name when you post messages.

Setting the profile photo from the Preferences tab (official UVA photo and gravatar)

Click the Preferences tab

Users can also choose to set their official UVA photo or their gravatar (an avatar associated with their email address) as their profile photo. To set an official UVA photo or a gravatar as the profile photo, click on the Preferences tab in the menu bar near the top of the page.

Select profile image settings

Select profile image settings

To set an official UVA photo as the profile photo, select Use my official institutional image as my profile image.

To set a gravatar as the profile photo, select Use my gravatar as my profile image.

Save changes

Click the Save settings button

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save settings button to save the changes. After saving the changes, reload the page in the web browser to see the new profile picture.