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Introduction delivered by Jim Judges at the Warwick University Mahara User Group

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Warwick Mahara User Group

  1. 1. Mahara User Group 2 - 07 - 14
  2. 2. • Progress • Integrations, developments & plans • Department Examples • Q & A and discussions Updates – Sharing – Networking - Development
  3. 3. Progress Main Departments: • CPE • CLL • WMS • Language centre* • SCS
  4. 4. Integration & Development - Authentication via Moodle (MNET) - Moodle-Mahara Assignment submission tool - Mobile Uploads - New complimentary theme - http://moodle-test.warwick.ac.uk/ - http://mahara-test.warwick.ac.uk/ (SSO) - Upgrade to Mahara 1.8 (August 2014)
  5. 5. Mahara 1.8 new features • Content / artefact chooser is now on the left-hand side • Flexible page layouts allowing users to align content in rows and not only columns • Import Leap2A files into an existing account • New icon set and updated stylesheets Other notable new features include: • Attachments on text boxes • Embedding of PDFs in a page • Drag and drop files into the files area • Tags on all internal artefacts • Admin features & bug fixes
  6. 6. > artefact chooser is now on the left-hand side
  7. 7. > flexible page layouts
  8. 8. > attachments on text boxes
  9. 9. > embedding of PDFs in a page
  10. 10. > drag and drop files into the files area
  11. 11. Departmental Progress & Examples
  12. 12. Q & A and Discussion Prompts • Mahara vs MyPortfolio Your plans: • How do you plan to use Mahara? • How could your learners & colleagues use Mahara?
  13. 13. • Assessment • Demonstrate student competency and skills. Educators and peers can provide comments and feedback • Development • Of students' educational goals, providing evidence of the advancement of knowledge and skills. Can provide support for personal development too • Showcase • Demonstrate exemplary assignments and other work, as well as student skills. Designed for potential employers or educators and can be used instead of, or to supplement one's CV. Types of ePortfolio “In most cases ePortfolios are not used for a single purpose. Instead, they tend to combine 2–3 types of portfolios thus creating a Hybrid portfolio” Balaban, I.; Bubas, G., (2010)
  14. 14. • Level 1 & 2: Scrapbook & Curriculum Vitae • Level 3: Curriculum Collaboration • Students can share views with peers, tutors & employers and receive comments • Level 4: Mentoring • Educators are intensely engaged in guidance & feedback • Level 5: Authentic Evidence for Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting • Structured, organised, used for assessment & feedback Based on Love et al (2004) cited in Balaban, I.; Bubas, G., (2010) “Because of its features, ePortfolio offers support for reflection, which is one of its main advantages over other systems” Suggested Levels of Portfolio Use
  15. 15. Mahara eportfolio can help: • To externalize learners’ ideas and thoughts. • To understand other students’ ideas • To deepen their knowledge by combining other’s ideas and thoughts. Sawazaki, T. & Tanaka, Y. (2013). Designing Courses based on SECI model with Mahara, e-Portfolio.
  16. 16. • Progress • Integrations, developments & plans • Departmental Progress & Examples • Q & A and discussions
  17. 17. Mahara User Group 2 - 07 - 14
  18. 18. References • Love et al (2004) cited in Balaban, I.; Bubas, G., "Educational potentials of ePortfolio systems: Student evaluations of Mahara and Elgg," Information Technology Interfaces (ITI), 2010 32nd International Conference on , vol., no., pp.329,336, 21-24 June 2010 • Sawazaki, T. & Tanaka, Y. (2013). Designing Courses based on SECI model with Mahara, e-Portfolio. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2013 (pp. 1355-1358). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved March 10, 2014 from http://www.editlib.org/p/115065

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