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ePortfolios and Mahara
     Meredith Henson
Overview

    Introductions

    ePortfolios
    −   What is an ePortfolio?
    −   Why use an ePortfolio?
•   Mahara
  ...
Introduction
                 Meredith Henson


•   Project Manager at Catalyst IT Ltd
    — Moodle   and Drupal projects
...
Introduction
                   Catalyst IT Ltd

    Established 1997

    Over 100 staff
−   Wellington, Kerikeri, Nels...
ePortfolios
               What is an ePortfolio?

•   An electronic portfolio is an online collection of
    reflections ...
ePortfolios
                      Definitions



    Artefacts – Electronic evidence of learning
    —
        documents,...
ePortfolios
              Applications for Students



    Student ownership and control of portfolio

    Area for show...
ePortfolios
              Applications for Students



    Online résumé cont.
    —
        Programme and course applica...
ePortfolios
                Applications for Staff



    Area for staff to demonstrate professional
    development
    ...
ePortfolios
                Applications for Staff

    Networking
    —
        With internal and external colleagues
  ...
ePortfolios vs LMS’
Learning Management          ePortfolio
System
Course centric               Student centric
Teacher ma...
ePortfolios
              Moodle Portfolio API
•   ePortfolio agnostic
•   Ability to publish items from Moodle to
    ext...
Mahara
                  Background
•   Funded by TEC’s eLearning Collaborative
    Development Fund
•   4 consortium part...
Mahara
                 Background


•   Technology Provider - Catalyst IT Limited


•   The ePortfolio Project was charge...
Mahara
         ePortfolio Project Deliverables
•   Generate a theoretical framework for student
    ePortfolios
•   Devel...
Mahara
        ePortfolio Project Deliverables


•   Research report
•   Case studies
•   Implementation guidelines
•   Ma...
Mahara
                 Introduction



    Mahara is based on an Artefacts, Views
    and Access framework

    Users c...
Mahara
Overview
Mahara
Overview
Mahara
                       Features
•   File repository
    — Create   folder and sub folders structures
    — Upload  ...
Mahara
                        Features
•   Blogging
    — Create   blog posts using a WYSIWYG editor
    — Attach   files...
Mahara
                         Features
•   Résumé builder
    — Contact   and personal information
    — Employment     ...
Mahara
                        Features
•   Profile Information
    — Preferred   Name
    — Student    ID
    — Postal   ...
Mahara
                     Features
•   Social Networking
    — Users create and maintain a list of Friends
     and Grou...
Mahara
                        Features
•   Administration
    — Language     packages and themes
    — Session    and acc...
Mahara
              Points of Difference
•   Students have complete ownership of
    their ePortfolio
•   Users have the ...
Mahara
              Points of Difference
•   Social networking functionality
•   Flexibility to be used to create formal,...
Mahara
              Points of Difference


•   Designed for scalability, security and
    interoperability
•   Multiple a...
Mahara
                 Moodle Integration

•   Portfolio API – export items from Moodle
    to Mahara
•   Mahara can do s...
Mahara
                  Moodle SSO
•   Users can roam from one application to
    another without re-logging in
•   Moodl...
Mahara
                  Moodle SSO
•   Accounts can be automatically be created
    on the SP the first time the user log...
Mahara
                Current State of Play
•   Mahara 1.1.5 released 22/6/09
•   ~1000 downloads per month
•   New! Impr...
Mahara
                       Roadmap
•   Mahara 1.2
    — Import/Export    portfolios
    — Files   area improvements
   ...
Mahara
                      Roadmap
•   Future releases cont.
    — Groups,   bulk add/invite
    — Blogs   – RSS support...
Mahara
                   Who is using it?

    MyPortfolio
    —
        UCOL, AUT, CPIT, Massey, Open Polytechnic,
    ...
Mahara
          Examples




http://myportfolio.ac.nz/view/view.php?id=933
Mahara
          Examples




http://myportfolio.ac.nz/view/view.php?id=932
Mahara
              Examples




http://cterfile.ed.uiuc.edu/mahara/view/view.php?id=81
Mahara
               More Information
•   http://demo.mahara.org
•   http://mahara.org
•   http://catalyst.net.nz
•   htt...
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  1. 1. ePortfolios and Mahara Meredith Henson
  2. 2. Overview  Introductions  ePortfolios − What is an ePortfolio? − Why use an ePortfolio? • Mahara — Background and Overview — Features — Roadmap
  3. 3. Introduction Meredith Henson • Project Manager at Catalyst IT Ltd — Moodle and Drupal projects — Moodle administration, training and business analysis • eCDF ePortfolio Project Manager (Massey) • NZOSVLE I & II Project (Open Polytechnic)
  4. 4. Introduction Catalyst IT Ltd  Established 1997  Over 100 staff − Wellington, Kerikeri, Nelson, Christchurch, Australia and United Kingdom  Completely Open Source focused  Moodle and Mahara Partner  www.catalyst.net.nz
  5. 5. ePortfolios What is an ePortfolio? • An electronic portfolio is an online collection of reflections and digital Artefacts • Students and staff can use an ePortfolio to demonstrate their learning and development over time to various audiences • An environment to facilitate and record personalised, life long, reflective and evidential learning
  6. 6. ePortfolios Definitions  Artefacts – Electronic evidence of learning — documents, images, blogs, résumés, multimedia, contact information etc.  Views – An access controlled collection of Artefacts
  7. 7. ePortfolios Applications for Students  Student ownership and control of portfolio  Area for showcasing work and reflection — Critical review of assessment items — Life-long learning and development tool  Online résumé — CV for potential employers
  8. 8. ePortfolios Applications for Students  Online résumé cont. — Programme and course applications — Scholarship applications  Social networking with other students — Collaborative projects — Peer review and feedback
  9. 9. ePortfolios Applications for Staff  Area for staff to demonstrate professional development — Publish works and presentations — Create individual development plans — Performance reviews
  10. 10. ePortfolios Applications for Staff  Networking — With internal and external colleagues — Distribution of résumés, staff exchanges  Research — Peer review and feedback — Sharing and distribution  Teaching tool
  11. 11. ePortfolios vs LMS’ Learning Management ePortfolio System Course centric Student centric Teacher makes rules Student makes rules Courses typically Student portfolio may be structured structured Grades given and managed No grading infrastructure Content attached to course User defined content with and generally available to highly granular access all students Social networking often User defines their social revolves around course network Tied to an institution May be institution agnostic Limited to time studying Life long learning
  12. 12. ePortfolios Moodle Portfolio API • ePortfolio agnostic • Ability to publish items from Moodle to external portfolio systems • New in Moodle 2.0, sponsored by MHQ • Ready for download now! • Puts “Send to Portfolio” buttons throughout Moodle
  13. 13. Mahara Background • Funded by TEC’s eLearning Collaborative Development Fund • 4 consortium partners - Massey University (lead), Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic and Victoria University of Wellington • Case study partners – consortium members and TWoR, NMIT and Tai Poutini Polytechnic
  14. 14. Mahara Background • Technology Provider - Catalyst IT Limited • The ePortfolio Project was charged with developing an open source ePortfolio application and to provide implementation strategies for the New Zealand tertiary sector
  15. 15. Mahara ePortfolio Project Deliverables • Generate a theoretical framework for student ePortfolios • Develop an open source ePortfolio application • Facilitate a series of case studies • Create documentation for implementation strategies, user guides and suggested policies • Establish an open source group for further development
  16. 16. Mahara ePortfolio Project Deliverables • Research report • Case studies • Implementation guidelines • Mahara.org
  17. 17. Mahara Introduction  Mahara is based on an Artefacts, Views and Access framework  Users can create any number of Views and assign access to individuals, communities, groups, keep it private or make it public
  18. 18. Mahara Overview
  19. 19. Mahara Overview
  20. 20. Mahara Features • File repository — Create folder and sub folders structures — Upload multiple files quickly and efficiently — Give each file a Name and Description — Manage their file allocation Quota — When uploading a file users must agree to a configurable Copyright disclaimer
  21. 21. Mahara Features • Blogging — Create blog posts using a WYSIWYG editor — Attach files to posts — Embed images into postings — Comments on/off — Create draft postings for later publishing
  22. 22. Mahara Features • Résumé builder — Contact and personal information — Employment and education history — Certifications, accreditations and awards — Books and publications, professional memberships — Personal, academic and work skills — Personal, academic and career goals
  23. 23. Mahara Features • Profile Information — Preferred Name — Student ID — Postal address and contact phone numbers — Skype, MSN, Yahoo & Yabber name — Introduction — Profile Icons images
  24. 24. Mahara Features • Social Networking — Users create and maintain a list of Friends and Groups within the system - building a digital identity — Users can interact via Friend Messaging and Groups based Forums
  25. 25. Mahara Features • Administration — Language packages and themes — Session and account lifetimes — Authentication methods — Core page and Main Menu editor — Artefact types may be configured, disabled or enabled, according to the organisation’s requirements.
  26. 26. Mahara Points of Difference • Students have complete ownership of their ePortfolio • Users have the ability to set permissions of access to various nominated groups • All Artefacts have associated metadata including user defined tagging • Contextual help is available throughout the system
  27. 27. Mahara Points of Difference • Social networking functionality • Flexibility to be used to create formal, informal, personal and/or professional environments • Modular design, best practice programming and full documentation • Language translation package based
  28. 28. Mahara Points of Difference • Designed for scalability, security and interoperability • Multiple authentication methods • Strong consideration to pedagogy and policy during development
  29. 29. Mahara Moodle Integration • Portfolio API – export items from Moodle to Mahara • Mahara can do single sign on (SSO) with Moodle — New in Mahara 1.1 and Moodle 2.0 — Allows users to send data from Moodle to Mahara — Includes account transferral
  30. 30. Mahara Moodle SSO • Users can roam from one application to another without re-logging in • Moodle/Mahara SSO built on MNET so is secure • Identity Provider (IDP) - system with the users (Moodle) • Service Provider (SP or CP) - system where the users go (Mahara)
  31. 31. Mahara Moodle SSO • Accounts can be automatically be created on the SP the first time the user logs in • Single Sign Out — logging out in one place logs you out everywhere • Theme support — Roaming users can see Moodle/Mahara branded like their IDP
  32. 32. Mahara Current State of Play • Mahara 1.1.5 released 22/6/09 • ~1000 downloads per month • New! Improved! Mahara.org • Partner programme — 14 Partners (including Catalyst) • Mahara Moot UK09
  33. 33. Mahara Roadmap • Mahara 1.2 — Import/Export portfolios — Files area improvements — Templates and CSS simplification • Future releases — Ongoing usability work — Tagging and searching improvements — Statistics and reporting
  34. 34. Mahara Roadmap • Future releases cont. — Groups, bulk add/invite — Blogs – RSS support — Views– feedback improvements, PDF generation — Résumé custom fields, PDF generation — Advanced Messaging
  35. 35. Mahara Who is using it?  MyPortfolio — UCOL, AUT, CPIT, Massey, Open Polytechnic, Victoria University, NMIT, University of Auckland...  Universities especially across Europe − Glasgow, Birmingham Uni Krems, Cambridge... • Schools across the world — Cumbria and Lancashire, Sylvan Union, others in England, Spain, Germany...
  36. 36. Mahara Examples http://myportfolio.ac.nz/view/view.php?id=933
  37. 37. Mahara Examples http://myportfolio.ac.nz/view/view.php?id=932
  38. 38. Mahara Examples http://cterfile.ed.uiuc.edu/mahara/view/view.php?id=81
  39. 39. Mahara More Information • http://demo.mahara.org • http://mahara.org • http://catalyst.net.nz • http://eduforge.org/projects/mahara • #mahara on freenode

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