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Samantha Moss - Solent's Mahara Journey



Presentation delivered by Samantha Moss of the Solent Uni eLearning team to the JISC Netskills Effective Practice with ePortfolios workshop on 10th November 2010

Presentation delivered by Samantha Moss of the Solent Uni eLearning team to the JISC Netskills Effective Practice with ePortfolios workshop on 10th November 2010



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  • E-Portfolios
    November 2010
    Solent’s Mahara Journey
    Looking at E-Portfolios
    Samantha MossE-Learning Support Officer
  • Solent Profile
    • New university (5 years old!)
    • 19,000 students
    • Strong focus on skills for employment
    • Key subjects: Maritime, Fashion, Business, Journalism, Sport Science & Animation/Media
    • Strategic Development Plan:
    • Flexible delivery
    • Forming partnerships with local businesses & FE providers
    • Commitment to social justice
  • Project 1: Fostering PDP (2008/09)
    Led by Dr Barbara Lee
    Analysis of course documentation
    Considering how Career Box and any portfolio project would link
    Evaluation of available portfolio products
    Identifying how to take forward the development of an e-portfolio product that links to Moodle
  • Student Feedback
    Online survey: 81% of students said that they would use an E-Portfolio
    “I am currently signing up to commercial job websites that offer this service but I don't think they’re very successful in finding the right employers. If there was something similar affiliated with the university, I believe it would instantly be taken more seriously by perspective employers.”
    “Any aid which assists in getting a job would be useful.”
    “It would just be so much easier to use a tool that organised and kept track of everything bit by bit, rather than having to go back and piece it together bit by bit in retrospect.”
    “It would save me a whole lot of stress!”
  • Staff Feedback
    “In relation to the students I deal with most, I think their own professional development can be enhanced by posting evidence of their own work (publications), conference papers and other professional activity which may be of interest to prospective employers. This would be of particular use for post graduates.”
    “It would be good from the perspective of skills development for a university career. It would be ideal and deter them from using Facebook; it would be more academic.”
    “Mahara would be useful for the students who are away for 6 months doing tasks. It would be good if work could be authenticated by supervisors as they have a problem with fake signatures. Time would be saved if portfolio work was carried out in real time as opposed to when they return from their task.”
  • Project 1: Outcomes
    • Adoption of Mahara
    • Creation of ePortfolio animationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFSrV3QOWM
  • Why Mahara?
    • Met all requirements
    • Easy to customise
    • Integration with Moodle
    • Large support community
    • LEAP2A
    • No commercial tie-in
    • If it breaks we can fix it (we hope)
  • Project 2 : Implementing Mahara 2009/10
  • Customising Mahara
    Solent theme
    (theme shown is 2010/11)
    Changed the language
    Changed ‘help’ files
    Fixed-width applied
  • Pilot units
    Journalism & Media writing
    35 students
    Online CV
    3rd years – develop an online presence
    Curriculum Plus – CV & Career Building Unit
    50 students
    Submitting work for feedback
    Increased student engagement
  • Usability study group
    Mahara 1.1.6
    9 Students from all levels and course types
    5 set tasks: Creating ‘views’ for CV, Personal Interests, Examples of Uni work and Reflections on a project, as well as their Profile.
    Students to submit ‘secret URLS’ via myCourse assignment upload tool (online text)
    Then student would write in a reflective journal their thoughts and experiences during that task
  • Student Feedback:
    It got easier – became more creative with pages
    Give them the edge
    Would use it from September to collect their work
    Long time to upload big files – off campus issues
    No option to change page themes and background colours
    Profile pages confused them (Single Sign On – our fault!)
    Wish list:
    Snap boxes horizontally - Merge boxes within boxes
    Templates for each page
    Less randomly generated ‘Secret URL’ – i.e. customisable
  • How are we doing?
    Full-scale Mahara implementation
    4 x 0.25 Teaching & Learning Fellow posts (Mahara, Assessment & Employability)
    Mahara Development Group
    Innovation projects
    Sharing ideas & experiences with external stakeholders
  • Want to see it?
    November 2010
  • Final thought…
    It is not just a CV builder & file store
    This is a tool to help lecturers come up with inventive ways
    to support the delivery of employability skills to their students
    during lessons.
    It is a professional platform for students to promote
    themselves to the outside world
  • Contact me:
    Twitter: @samwisemoss
    More details: http://mycourse.solent.ac.uk/eportfolios
    My ePortfolio:http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/user/view.php?id=5
    November 2010
  • Any Questions?