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Growing up with Mahara
Sam Taylor
Learning Technologist
@samwisefox
Southampton Solent University
● ‘Modern’ University
● South Coast of UK
● Key aims:
o Employability
o Social Justice
o Bus...
Research 2008 - 2009
Led by Dr Barbara Lee, supported by academics,
support staff, career advisors and learning
technology...
Choosing a system
 Elgg
 My Stuff
 Pebblepad
 Mahara
 Wordpress
 Moodle
Why Mahara?
o Demo site to play with
o Open ...
The first steps…
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Flickr_-_law_keven_-_Not_such_an_ugly_duckling..-O)))....
Mahara animation:
https://youtu.be/Y32NoAgN9Ik
Pilot study 2009-2010
 Mahara trialled with a handful of
units/modules
 Usability-tested help resources
 Gained feedbac...
Outcomes 2010:
 Students liked it, but not until
they ‘got it’
 Language needs to change to
reflect UK terminology
 Lec...
Conclusion:
 Dedicated help site to be produced to support
all staff
 Dedicated guides for Personal
Development advice t...
“But please, can we use it for assessments?”
Teething problems
 Assessment regulations
 Academic misconduct
 Submission process defined
 File size issues
 ‘Can yo...
Early Adopters:
● BA (Hons) PR & Communication
o Preparation for work placement
http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t...
Gaining momentum:
● PGCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
o Reflective Practice Portfolio
http://mahara.solent.ac...
New approach needed:
1
• Lecturer speaks to Sam
2
• Sam & lecturer explore Mahara tools
3
• Sam creates ‘mock-up’ portfoli...
…continued
 Technology Foundation Year
 BA (Hons) Advertising
 BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing Management
 BA (Hons) Busin...
Integrated help & support:
Integrated help & support:
Help site for all users:
http://myportfolio.solent.ac.uk/help
Themes:
• Reflective commentsBlog/Journal
• Developmental journeyPD Portfolio
• Showcasing skills and attributesShop Windo...
2015 pilots:
 BA (Hons) Social Work
 BA (Hons) Health & Social Care
Exciting!
o Adults
o Work-based learning
o Improved ...
Pilar Garrido-Sanz:
 “As a visual medium, students can personalise and
individualise it. Students can also structure and ...
Colin Bright:
 “Social work placements are based in a wide variety
of settings with diverse geographical locations – the
...
Case studies:
http://myportfolio.solent.ac.uk/casestudies
Advice & thoughts:
 Showcase ‘best in show’ to inspire next year’s
cohort
 Share inspiring stories, such as Prof Sugata ...
More info…
 Roger Emery, Associate Professor
Learning Technologies Development Manager
 Roger.Emery@solent.ac.uk
 http:...
Thank you!
Sam Taylor
Learning Technologist
http://about.me/SamTaylorUK
Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the Unite...
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Keynote: Growing up with Mahara

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Keynote speaker Sam Taylor at Mahara Hui in Auckland on 9 April 2015

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Keynote: Growing up with Mahara

  1. 1. Growing up with Mahara Sam Taylor Learning Technologist @samwisefox
  2. 2. Southampton Solent University ● ‘Modern’ University ● South Coast of UK ● Key aims: o Employability o Social Justice o Business Engagement ● 18,000 students
  3. 3. Research 2008 - 2009 Led by Dr Barbara Lee, supported by academics, support staff, career advisors and learning technology experts:  How are SSU supporting Personal Development? (Course audits)  How do learners record their progress? (Questionnaires)  Could an ePortfolio support and encourage more learners to focus on their development? (Focus groups with staff and students)
  4. 4. Choosing a system  Elgg  My Stuff  Pebblepad  Mahara  Wordpress  Moodle Why Mahara? o Demo site to play with o Open Source o Moodle o Amazing community!
  5. 5. The first steps… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Flickr_-_law_keven_-_Not_such_an_ugly_duckling..-O))).jpg
  6. 6. Mahara animation: https://youtu.be/Y32NoAgN9Ik
  7. 7. Pilot study 2009-2010  Mahara trialled with a handful of units/modules  Usability-tested help resources  Gained feedback from staff and students  ‘Customised’ Mahara  Theme  Language  Help
  8. 8. Outcomes 2010:  Students liked it, but not until they ‘got it’  Language needs to change to reflect UK terminology  Lecturers were keen to not get involved  Having help resources were useful
  9. 9. Conclusion:  Dedicated help site to be produced to support all staff  Dedicated guides for Personal Development advice to be made available  Careers experts to write help text for Resumé Builder (CV)  Full-scale Mahara adoption to commence September 2010
  10. 10. “But please, can we use it for assessments?”
  11. 11. Teething problems  Assessment regulations  Academic misconduct  Submission process defined  File size issues  ‘Can you teach my students?’
  12. 12. Early Adopters: ● BA (Hons) PR & Communication o Preparation for work placement http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=yxpgnbW7fsK5GkcEZzjH http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=Z5rY8yOvtqlD7CsaW0eh ● MSc Shipping Operations o PD Activities & group work ● BSc (Hons) Geography with Environmental Studies o Research portfolio http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=JmquFQW4w5G93ITbvAZ1
  13. 13. Gaining momentum: ● PGCert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education o Reflective Practice Portfolio http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=5v9piVPdS8hBLEDxJsbo ● Business Foundation Year o Market Research Portfolio http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=8VF0Pf4DHZxSvjKhUBwc http://www.slideshare.net/BradleyGavin/mahara-presentation-current ● BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology o Professional Practice Portfolio http://mahara.solent.ac.uk/view/view.php?t=HjklXu1Z8e5oaOEtKrnD
  14. 14. New approach needed: 1 • Lecturer speaks to Sam 2 • Sam & lecturer explore Mahara tools 3 • Sam creates ‘mock-up’ portfolio 4 • Lecturer writes Assessment/Activity brief 5 • Sam puts support in place via VLE
  15. 15. …continued  Technology Foundation Year  BA (Hons) Advertising  BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing Management  BA (Hons) Business Marketing  BA (Hons) Leisure & Tourism Management
  16. 16. Integrated help & support:
  17. 17. Integrated help & support:
  18. 18. Help site for all users: http://myportfolio.solent.ac.uk/help
  19. 19. Themes: • Reflective commentsBlog/Journal • Developmental journeyPD Portfolio • Showcasing skills and attributesShop Window • File storage (virtual ring binder) Document Manager • Mapping elements/evidence Competency Portfolio
  20. 20. 2015 pilots:  BA (Hons) Social Work  BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Exciting! o Adults o Work-based learning o Improved feedback o Transforming practice https://www.flickr.com/photos/100155095@N03/14509941883/
  21. 21. Pilar Garrido-Sanz:  “As a visual medium, students can personalise and individualise it. Students can also structure and arrange information on their pages in different ways which allows for a multi-dimensional approach, as opposed to linear means like word documents.  Students in general appreciate the freedom that the ePortfolio gives them. Students are the proprietors of their ePortfolio and hence can use it as a valuable tool to show to potential employers.”
  22. 22. Colin Bright:  “Social work placements are based in a wide variety of settings with diverse geographical locations – the adoption of E portfolio approaches is enabling design that we hope will enhance and support the communication exchange between practice and the university staff team.  This in turn is intended to enhance the evidential potential of our students’ work and support their learning.”
  23. 23. Case studies: http://myportfolio.solent.ac.uk/casestudies
  24. 24. Advice & thoughts:  Showcase ‘best in show’ to inspire next year’s cohort  Share inspiring stories, such as Prof Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole in the Wall’ projects.  Create ‘mock-up’ portfolios  Student peer leaders?  Templates are not always the answer…
  25. 25. More info…  Roger Emery, Associate Professor Learning Technologies Development Manager  Roger.Emery@solent.ac.uk  http://portal.solent.ac.uk/rogeremery As I’m no longer a member of staff at SSU, please contact Roger for any information regarding Solent’s Mahara:
  26. 26. Thank you! Sam Taylor Learning Technologist http://about.me/SamTaylorUK Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom Previously of Southampton Solent University

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