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Can an ePortfolio catch on fire?


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Presentation given at AAEEBL on the adoption of Mahara by Plymouth State University.

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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 />