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  • Federal corporation, HQ in ManitobaMultimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional developmentSpecialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter expertsProducer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001Opened Learning Agents eStudiosin 2007multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcastingActive voluntary role in communityCareer Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conferenceDon Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, workVideo-conference (in development)job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace trainingOther community learning events (subscribe to other networks)Collaborative Workshop EnvironmentHands-On ePortfolio and related workshopsDigital Production StudiosPhotos, objects, actions, interviews, simulationsImages, audio, video, textQuick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.)Multimedia Post Production Facility :career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videosProduction and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • Hi Don, We currently have a multi-tenanted setup as you know, with a total of around 23,000 users across 154 institutions. Although the walled garden functionality allows for trust relationships between institutions, this is not used, except in one case. Sadly this one case is between an institutions with only 1 user on one side, and 3 on the other. Over the lifetime of the installation, there has been around 56,000 wall posts and around 10,000 group members across 874 groups. Over 120,000 files have been uploaded, around 82,000 of these being images. In addition, there is approximately 50,000 views, and a growth of around 20k in the last year. The feedback, and forums are less heavily used, with around 1,000 feedbacks given, and around 4,000 forum posts. Finally, the disk space used as shown by quota used, is around 77.5GB. Please note, while the data can be used on your presentation, with reference to One Connect Limited, if you wish to publish it further you will need to contact us for permission. I hope this helps, Kimball Johnson Senior ICT Engineer One Connect Limited
  • Moderation Online is a tool for teachers, principals and school administrators to enable moderation to be completed within an online space. Moderation Online is a fully electronic resource for teachers to use while moderating the judgment of a student's work with a person, group or cluster of people. This is a trial resource at present but works alongside or independently from MyPortfolio (Mahara instance). This is a great example of how student evidence is being used to inform learning and improve the consistency of teacher judgment.Kristina:Hello Don, In a nutshell in NZ, schools participate in moderation of student work. That is basically trying to align teacher judgments better and evaluate these teacher judgements. So a school doing moderation sends in a specified number of student work that a teacher has graded along with the teacher feedback. The national moderator then looks at that and gives the teacher feedback on that. That is the secondary school level. Nothing special has been developed for that moderation on MyPortfolio. We are currently trialling this way of moderation by providing templates to the teachers and some guidelines around doing moderation using MyPortfolio. Teachers who have been using MyPortfolio already with students and have student work on it, definitely benefit from being able to submit their moderation pieces electronically directly in MyPortfolio instead of burning CDs/DVDs and / or printing everything out. In primary schools the moderation takes place either within a school or between schools. As schools aren't always close, online moderation was started to facilitate the process of moderating OTJ (Overall Teacher Judgments) to achieve more consistent grading of similar student work so when a student moves from one school to the next that they wouldn't be judged completely differently. And teachers can do that online moderation via MyPortfolio. The Moderation Online mode as developed to focus functionality on what moderators would need and also to give it a different look from MyPortfolio to distinguish better between the portfolio and the moderation side of things. More on moderation:
  • “Course group”: Enrolment, management, achievements, archive artefacts
  • “Course group”: Enrolment, management, achievements, archive artefacts
  • “However, we are in the very lucky position that the New Zealand Ministry of Education allows us to put any development work into core Mahara that suits the software.”Paul Seiler:Below is a list of the features or changes that Catalyst hope to release to the NZ school community early in Term 3.But first, a big thanks to the Ministry staff working on behalf of schools to keep this platform improving and this community alive.The enhancements are:Allowing a page to belong to more than one collection.Allowing the sharing of an individual page in a collection without sharing the whole collection.Allowing users to upload their own LEAP2A portfolios, including merging in to an existing portfolio/account.Embedding a PDF in to a page so that it is viewable without downloadingGreater flexibility of page layouts when creating a page (allowing for horizontal alignment of content in rows).An option for setting tabs as drop-downs (needed at an institution level, as it currently only works for Mahara at an instance level).Warn users when attempting to leave a page with unsaved changes.Allow users to configure number of group members shown on the group home page.More meaningful icon for inserting a text page.Drag-and-drop files form a directory on a users computer directly into files area in MyPortfolio (Moodle-like).Extending tagging to all user created content/artefacts.Full text search to improve ability to find what you are looking for.Remove "Copy of" from copied pages and collections.While the final details of what gets released might yet change this list gives a good idea or early heads up on what you can expect.Paul.
  • Mahara Suites for Mahara UK 2013

    1. 1. “Mahara Suites” Exploring a Multiple Institution Model Mahara UK 2013 July 3, 2013
    2. 2. E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting Learning Agents Accelerated learning systems
    3. 3. Career Portfolio Manitoba Employability ePortfolios for Adults • Community-based – Owned by non-profits • Portfolio building course – Video tutorials, support • Extensive use of Web 2.0 – YouTube, Screenr, LinkedIn… • Templates and examples – Pages/collections – Fictional exemplar – Growing gallery of real examples
    4. 4. Beyond the current model Limits to growth, diversity • Governance constraints – Non-profit owners: mandate/focus, risk aversion – ->Transfer ownership to Learning Agents, become “tenants” with other organizations • Manitoba: small province • New markets – Colleges and universities – “Career Colleges” – Immigrant service providers – K-12?
    5. 5. Outside Environment • ePortfolio traction – “Deep learning”, graduate outcomes, employability – AAEEBL in North America • Read/write web, social media, digital identity – WordPress, BuddyPress, etc. • Employer awareness and demand – Linked In, eRecruitment, Video resumes • Community – Learning communities, communities of practice – Connectivist PLEs, coworking
    6. 6. Coworking as a metaphor CC CC deskmag CC deskmag CC deskmag
    7. 7. Virtual coworking
    8. 8. Multi Mahara Examples So far, all educational… • MyPortfolio Schools (Kineo Pacific) – 1,211 institutions (201301), 85,575 users, 9,976 groups • MyPortfolio Tertiary (Kineo Pacific) – 14 institutions, 13,381 users,1160 groups – Massey University: 9,000 users • (Discendum) – 49 institutions, 22,000 users, 1,711 groups • CLEO (One Connect Limited) – 154 institutions, 23,000 users, 874 groups • Bute/Argyle Education Authority (EdICT) – 160 institutions, 12,500 users, 100+ groups
    9. 9. First Option: “Mahara Proper” The pure FOSS play • Core functionality – e.g. MyPortfolio Tertiary – Trend: more settings at Institution level • Third party plugins – E.g. MyPortfolio Schools – Risk management thru upgrades • Customization – E.g. Isolated theme hack, TinyMCE mods, etc. – MyPortfolio Schools: “Moderation Online” – Risk management thru upgrades
    10. 10. Totara Social Mahara distribution for business • Social media platform (complement TotaraLMS) – Currently, Mahara with existing plug-ins • Planned enhancements: – Social collaboration • Activity streams, „following‟ a User, „likes‟/rating, tagging, searching, matching and filtering • More complete mobile interface, based on Maharadroid • Interface/integration layer with TotaraLMS • Pull in profile from Totara, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. – Institutional enhancements? • “Multi-tenancy out of the box”?
    11. 11. Kyvyt (“skill”) Mahara distro for education & employment • Usability – “Copy this page”, QR sign-on, folders for pages – Coming: navigation improvements • Enhancements – Text chat – Coming: revamp theme structure • Workplace Gallery – Public website for portfolios and ads for jobs, etc. • Search by categories (FOSS Sphinx DB) • Open Badge displayer – Share to Mahara community
    12. 12. Kyvyt (“skill”) Mahara distribution for learning communities • Institution enhancements – Configurable Start Page, share pages to institution – Coming: more detailed nstitution statistics • Group enhancements – Return box – “Group only” login (portfolio UI stripped out) – In development: “Course group” • Simple learning and collaboration tools, e.g.: video chat, enrolment, student management, archiving achievements • Open Badge Factory (Q1 2014) – Community badge management
    13. 13. MyPortfolio Newsflash Highlights planned for “early in Term 3” • Pages in more than one collection • Share single page in a collection • Users upload/merge LEAP2A portfolios • Embedding a viewable PDF • Flexible layouts: (horizontal alignment) • Drag-and-drop files • Tagging for all user created content/artefacts. • Full text search • Remove "Copy of" from copied pages and collections
    14. 14. Why not just use Groups? • Delegation of user administration • Institution users: file quotas, etc. • Themes: display, pages • Institution pages, collections – Templates for new users • Future enhancements?
    15. 15. Isolated Institutions (Walled Gardens) • LUNS/CLEO proof of concept (1.2) – 60+ schools (but few trust relationships) • Some issues identified by Richard Mansfield – e.g. Listing Users, Groups and Institutions, Group member invitations, Institutional Admin Powers • Estimated core integration – 2 weeks for full analysis, 4+ weeks of development • My current reflection – Negative “silo” impact on learning community – Most important for protection of minors
    16. 16. Theming Avoiding the “brown cardigan” effect
    17. 17. Isolated institution themes (via Andrew Nicols, LUNS, for CLEO) • Hack Mahara – 3 commits • Edit themeconfig.php – $theme->institutions = array('a', 'b') • Only institutions in array will see the theme
    18. 18. Benefits of Mahara Suites • Institutions – Easier to pilot – Less cost, effort, risk to implement – Pan institutional learning community – Clustering/critical mass for employers – No worries after graduation • Service Provider – Understandable offering • Pre-defined, based on majority needs – Simpler servicing for basic Mahara – Relationship for other services
    19. 19. Beyond your four walls Opportunities for academic institutions • Community engagement – Employers, sector associations – Professional bodies, unions – Regional development clusters • Revenue for sustainability? – Hosting and technical development – Recursive, “emergent learning” • Further formal, non-formal learning – Access to HE via RPL/PLAR • Lifelong portfolio
    20. 20. Mileage may vary… Recommended practices, lessons learned • Build it and they may not come – Marketing and communications is huge – Explicit linkage to pedagogies and outcomes • Boots on the ground – MyPortfolio Taster Sessions – 3 teachers/school – Follow-up • Be responsive to clients – Visual design, navigation, continuous improvement • Beware over-customization – One size fits all vs. bespoke
    21. 21. (204) 219-5933 Don Presant PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE