Can an ePortfolio catch on fire?

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  • What is Mahara?
  • Plymouth State University is a comprehensive university with approx. 7,000 students. Our major programs are education, business, fine arts, and meteorology.
  • Prior to Jan. 2010, Plymouth had aneportfolio primarily for the education students. It was chosen specifically for the purpose of meeting accreditation. It was institutionally focused. Students needed to purchase a yearly license to use the program, and so the years they did not need it they did not pay for it. Plymouth piloted that system for 5 years and no one was happy with it.
  • In January of this year (2010) Plymouth rolled out Mahara. At the request of the Provost it was rolled out as a “from the ground up” approach—that is no official announcement was made. No official announcement has been made to this date, but the roll-out has been extremely successful!
  • A Mahara portfolio is a collection of artifacts chosen by the owner. These can include blogs, images, video, and document. The owner can create an unlimited number of “views” that can be used for a number of different reasons (a professional view, a view of standards and artifacts, a view of a blog, etc) and then set who can see the view and for how long. Mahara even allows a public view
  • This link takes you to a students capstone project created in Mahara. Mahara allows views to be locked down and submitted as assignments in order for it to be graded. It is still part of the students portfolio.
  • This slide show a couple of different ways that templates can be constructed.
  • Because every member of Plymouth has an eportfolio, faculty are using their portfolio for promotion and tenure, and staff are using theirs for performance evaluations.
  • These are just three examples of the groups that have been formed in Mahara. Groups allow for collaboration and social networking.
  • In NH all K-12 students are required to have an eportfolio. A number of school districts have chosen Mahara as their system, and have formed a statewide consortium which includes Higher Ed. On Oct 4th of this year PSU is hosting our first annual focus on eportfolio day. K-12 representatives will be here to show us how they are using Mahara with their students, and we will answer questions about admissions. Mahara has an export feature that will allow students to take their eportfolios with them. In NH we will be able to offer K – life portfolios.
  • Can an ePortfolio catch on fire?

    1. 1. Can an ePortfolio catch fire: Implementing a Campus Wide use of ePortfolios with Mahara<br />Ellen Marie Murphy, Plymouth State University<br />
    2. 2. Plymouth State University is a comprehensive<br />university with approx. 7,000 students. <br />Our major programs are education, business,<br />fine arts, and meteorology. <br />
    3. 3. A bit of history<br />Prior to Jan. 2010, Plymouth had an<br />ePortfolioprimarily for the education<br />students. It was chosen specifically for<br />the purpose of meeting accreditation. <br />It was institutionally focused. Students<br />needed to purchase a yearly license to<br />use the program, and so the years they<br />did not need it they did not pay for it. <br />Plymouth piloted that system for 5<br />years and no one was happy with it.<br />Institutional and Program Specific<br />Costly<br />Not intuitive<br />Low buy-in<br />
    4. 4. What Plymouth wanted:<br />A workspace and support for teaching and learning<br />Authentic assessment<br />Integrated learning<br />To showcase the “whole person”<br />Career development<br />User-centered<br />
    5. 5. In January of this year (2010) Plymouth rolled out Mahara. At the<br />request of the Provost it was rolled out as a “from the ground up”<br />approach—that is no official announcement was made. No official<br />announcement has been made to this date, but the roll-out has been<br />extremely successful!<br />
    6. 6. Over 600 users<br />Over 30 groups<br />Lot and lots of templates <br />
    7. 7. Views<br />Access<br />Artifacts<br />Hiking Club<br />Grad schools<br />Public<br />Professor A<br />Advisor<br />Prospective Employer<br />Psychology Class<br />
    8. 8. Students’ use of Mahara:<br />Teaching and LearningCapstone ProjectTeacher CertificationCourse WorkCareer Preparation Service LearningInternshipsTravel AbroadLanguage Acquisition(<br />
    9. 9. Authentic Assessment<br />Evidence-based Learning<br />
    10. 10. Other uses of Mahara at Plymouth:<br />Teaching and Learning<br />Promotion and Tenure<br />Maintaining lifelong connections with alum<br />Performance Evaluations<br />Internal and external collaboration<br />
    11. 11. These are just three examples of the groups that have been formed in Mahara. Groups allow for collaboration and social networking.<br />
    12. 12. K -20 NH ePortfolio<br />In NH all K-12 students are required<br />to have an eportfolio. A number of<br />school districts have chosen Mahara<br />as their system, and have formed a <br />statewide consortium which includes<br />Higher Ed. <br />On Oct 4th of this year<br />PSU is hosting our first annual focus<br />on eportfolio day. K-12<br />representatives will be here to show<br />us how they are using Mahara with<br />their students, and we will answer questions<br />about admissions. Mahara has an export feature<br />that will allow students to take their eportfolios<br />with them. In NH we will be able to offer<br />K – life portfolios.<br />
    13. 13. Features<br />Open Source<br />Multiple portfolio presentations (views) including professional<br />Comprehensive Blogging tools<br />Allows for the creation of Templates <br />Social networking component<br />RSS<br />File repository<br />Import/Export<br />Tagging<br />Multiple access levels<br />Student Centered (User Centered) <br />
    14. 14. Would you want to own me?<br />

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