MaharaUK12 - Using TotaraLMS & Mahara ePortfolios for Apprenticeship Delivery
Apprenticeships using TotaraLMS & MaharaLaurent David Head of Open Source Software Services @ TDM Ltd. + Software DeveloperThomas Bell - @thomaswbell88 + Implementation Manager @ TDM OSS + IT Professional Trainer & Assessor @ TDM Wyre Academy + Co-Author of “Mahara for Beginners”(~August 2012 publication)
Quick intro ... TDMhttp://thedevelopmentmanager.com/ “Lets do good stuff!”
● Training.. ● In Open Source Software ● Consultancies ● Business & Education focus● Development.. ● Of Open Source Software ● Bespoke Software development● Management.. ● Of Open Source Software ● Implementation Management for organisations ● Successful software deployment
● Totara Partner ● Managed Hosting ● Codeline Development ● Branding● Moodle Services company ● Implementations ● Training● Mahara Partner ● Authors of the Mahara book: Mahara Beginners Guide ● Mahara Certified Training Courses
Over a year in existence now, but with decades of training provision: Online Training Academy IT / ICT Apprenticeships Delivery Tutor Training Management Training High-stakes Industry Qualifications
IT Apprenticeships● Our vision for apprenticeships● Quality apprentices for organisations to grow into quality ICT professionals● “Learn to make cupboards, by making cupboards”● Tried and tested.. 800 year old concept● “Dog food”
How do we do it?● eLearning Courses● Face to face intensive week training● Learning on the job● Reflection● Assessment of competence in the workplace● Hard skills tests (hard!!)
What is ?Key points for the Wyre Academy:● Individual Learning Plans from NVQ tied competencies. SMART planning● Face-to-face sessions Booking Management● eLearning courses supplement learning● Integration with ePortfolio area for learner reflection● Completion reports for funding bodies and the boss! ...
What is ?● Constant development.. ● Changed the look and feel ● Assessment Matrix (“Progress Tracker”) to map competencies ↔ Evidence ● Evidence area for assessor evidence, matrices etc. eAssessment tool ● Totara Upgrades
How do Mahara and Totara mix?● Wyre Academy Totara = Structured Learning Delivery: ● Individual Learning Plans ● Online Courses ● Tracking + Reporting ● Workshop Booking
How do Mahara and Totara mix?● Wyre Academy Mahara = Personalised Learning ● Professional Learning Community ● Reflective Journals ● Evidence gathering ● Evidence showcasing ● Assessment submission to Mahara Groups & Totara Courses
Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara● Learner Registration & Interview● Diagnostics Assessments in TotaraLMS● Successful employment placement using their skills/strengths● Induction training: “Apprenticeships Induction” course (online) & Mahara
Apprentices learn to use Mahara...Induction workshop Personalise their profile! Introduced to reflection Learn about their own learning & thinking skills Socialise with peers
Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara● Individual Learning Plan/s creation ● Auto assigned relevant competencies ● Auto enrolled on relevant eLearning courses ● Timescales and due dates added to competencies ● Different plans added based on the individual e.g: – Functional Skills Plan – Diploma in ICT Professional Competence Learning Plan – Diploma in ICT Systems & Principles Learning Plan
Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara● Learner gathers evidence in Mahara● Learners constructs their pages in Mahara: – Screencasting – Videos – Audio – Product evidence – Witness testimonies
Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara● Formative Assessment: ● Assessor Feedback attached to Pages – Video/audio feedback ● Assessor Discussions & Observations attached as feedback to relevant Mahara Pages● Final submission to relevant groups in Mahara
Learner Journey In Totara/Mahara● Summative Assessment: ● Totara Quizzes, Assignments and Lessons ● Pearson Vue examinations at Academy venue
Maharas Key Features for Assessment Delivery:● Course Groups● Page watchlists● Email notifications (digest)● Feedback on pages (with Attachments)● The integration with Totara for eAssessment, reporting and teacher-led eLearning etc.
Additional notes● Not just for apprentices.. ● Assessor portfolios of competence ● Assessor Profiles ● Workplace Mentor Profiles & ePortfolios ● Workplace Mentor Training
Mahara ePortfolios at TDM● Weve been involved in the development of Mahara for over 3 4 years now and still inputting.● Very happy for the continuing success and uptake● Looking to write the sequel to our successful Mahara 1.2: A Beginners Guide Book being published very soon!
Plans for the future.. (from last year)● “Mahara Evidence – Totara Competency” Mapping● “Mahara Assessor Overlay”: ● Point and click on Mahara blocks to grade/assess in Totara/Moodle● Closer TotaraLMS/Mahara integrationPlease get involved! If these sound interesting,contact us to fast-track its development
References● http://www.flickr.com/photos/salim/● http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/● http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/● http://wyreacademy.com● http://thedevelopmentmanager.com● Mahara 1.2: A Beginners Guide book● Mahara for Beginners book (August/September 2012 publication)● More info on IT Apprenticeships with TDM Wyre Academy●