Using Moodle with Mahara

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Using Moodle with Mahara

  1. 1. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Using Moodle with Mahara These slides are licensed under CC by-nc-sa Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona October 23 2008 Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  2. 2. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? Why talk about Mahara at a Moodle conference? What is an ePortfolio System? 2 Mahara Overview Core Features History & Project Context Project Makeup Lessons learned from Moodle 3 Moodle Integration Stage 1 - Single Sign On Stage 2 - Content transferral Stage 3 - Smarter content Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  3. 3. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 4 Two Use Cases One Moodle to One Mahara Many Moodles to One Mahara 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  4. 4. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? Why talk about Mahara at a Moodle conference? What is an ePortfolio System? 2 Mahara Overview 3 Moodle Integration 4 Two Use Cases 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  5. 5. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Why talk about Mahara at a Moodle conference? Why talk about Mahara at a Moodle conference? • A lot of people are wanting to add ePortfolio functionality to their learning environments; Mahara is a ePortfolio system • People are increasingly deploying complete elearning packages containing multiple products • Moodle and Mahara are complimentary systems; fit different niches in the big picture Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  6. 6. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! What is an ePortfolio System? What is an ePortfolio System? • Apparently, very difficult to define • Generally agreed to be made up of a few parts • Students have the ability to collect and manage pieces of evidences of learning or other content • Group them together and display them in some meaningful way to a number of different audiences • Increasingly, more focus on social networking as well • It seems as though there’s two distinct feature sets • But they both relate to students controlling their own environments Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  7. 7. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! What is an ePortfolio System? LMS vs ePortfolio: An over generalised comparison LMS ePortfolio Courses are the central hubs Users are the central hubs Teachers make the rules Users define their rules Courses provide structure Unstructured and organic Grades are given and managed Grades not given Content is available to Others can only see what all on a course users let them see Social networking revolves Users determine their around courses own social networking Formal Informal Classroom Playground/Pub Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  8. 8. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! What is an ePortfolio System? LMS vs ePortfolio: Find the boundaries • The boundaries can get a bit fuzzy, especially around assessment • And often vary a great deal from institution to institution • Mahara doesn’t want to be an LMS • Moodle doesn’t want to be a portfolio • In general, refer to the Unix Philosophy: • ”Do one thing, do it well.” Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  9. 9. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? 2 Mahara Overview Core Features History & Project Context Project Makeup Lessons learned from Moodle 3 Moodle Integration 4 Two Use Cases 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  10. 10. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Core Features Core Features • Student controlled environment • (Can be) Institution agnostic • Fundamentally based on Artefacts/Views/Access: • An artefact can be any piece of content • A view is a collection of artefacts and how they’re displayed • Access is who gets to see it and when Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  11. 11. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Core Features Core Features • Student controlled environment • (Can be) Institution agnostic • Fundamentally based on Artefacts/Views/Access: • An artefact can be any piece of content • A view is a collection of artefacts and how they’re displayed • Access is who gets to see it and when • Communities, social networking • Collaborative authoring and ownership • Interoperability (especially with Moodle) • Import/export entire student portfolio Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  12. 12. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Core Features Artefact/View/Access Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  13. 13. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Core Features Artefact/View/Access Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  14. 14. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Core Features Access types • Public • Logged in • Friends only • Per access group • Per community • Per tutors in ’course’ community • Per user • Roadmap: Invited user with one off key Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  15. 15. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! History & Project Context FOSS in eLearning in New Zealand • Tertiary Education Commission • eLearning Collaborative Development Fund • New Zealand Open Source Virtual Learning Environment • Moodle • Eduforge.org • Research and Learning Object Repositories • Work on Elgg, another Open Source ePortfolio Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  16. 16. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! History & Project Context Eye candy - before and after NZVLE Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  17. 17. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Project Makeup Project Makeup • Originally a consortium of different NZ universities • Varied and broad input to the direction • Catalyst IT technology provider • Now we have Mahara partners, similar to the Moodle scheme • Open source, so developers everywhere • Catalyst core maintainers Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  18. 18. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Project Makeup Original Project Deliverables • Generate a theoretical framework for student ePortfolios • Develop an open source ePortfolio application • Facilitate a series of case studies • Create documentation for implementation stategies, user guides and suggested policies. • Establish an open source community of interest for further development Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  19. 19. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Project Makeup Original Project Deliverables • Generate a theoretical framework for student ePortfolios • Develop an open source ePortfolio application • Facilitate a series of case studies • Create documentation for implementation stategies, user guides and suggested policies. • Establish an open source community of interest for further development • So, not just a software project Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  20. 20. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Lessons learned from Moodle Lessons learned from Moodle • Code - DML/DDL/XMLDB, more • Modularity - many entry points mean easy to customise • Flexible APIs - don’t be unnecessarily strict • Make it familiar to Moodle users and developers • Not just open source, but transparent process • Public source control from day one • All documentation on public wikis • Solicited feedback from Moodle community and everywhere else we could think of • Case studies under Creative Commons license Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  21. 21. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? 2 Mahara Overview 3 Moodle Integration Stage 1 - Single Sign On Stage 2 - Content transferral Stage 3 - Smarter content 4 Two Use Cases 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  22. 22. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Stage 1 - Single Sign On Stage 1 (Complete) • Since Moodle 1.9 and Mahara 0.9 • Single Sign On • On-demand account creation • Builds on top of Moodle Networks Project • Very similar setup to normal Moodle to Moodle networking. • One to one, many to one, one to many, or many to many. Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  23. 23. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Stage 2 - Content transferral Stage 2 (Currently underway) • Portfolio API in Moodle 2.0 • Students can ’export to portfolio’ • Any Moodle content could potentially be a Mahara artefact • Mahara is Learning Management System agnostic • Moodle is ePortfolio System agnostic • Many potential plugins, currently Mahara, box.net, file download, flickr, googledocs • Plugins define the metadata they need • Moodle content appears in Mahara rendered to HTML or a file that can be read by common applications (eg PDF) • Most important: very solid framework to build upon Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  24. 24. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Stage 3 - Smarter content Stage 3 (Roadmap) • Smarter understanding of incoming data • Example: Moodle blog post becomes Mahara blog post rather than just a HTML representation • Looking closely at LEAP standard for this • Still hopefully before Moodle 2.0 • My weekends for the next while • Also: improve the UI in Moodle Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  25. 25. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? 2 Mahara Overview 3 Moodle Integration 4 Two Use Cases One Moodle to One Mahara Many Moodles to One Mahara 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  26. 26. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! One Moodle to One Mahara One Moodle to One Mahara • School wants to add portfolio and/or social networking functionality to existing Moodle setup • A walled environment is wanted, often as an alternative to public systems (eg myspace) • Can just be used to showcase student work within the school • Some social networking but limited within a closed group who already know each other • Still a lot of use of communities and forums Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  27. 27. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Many Moodles to One Mahara Many Moodles to One Mahara • Can fit regional model, or even national • Each Moodle feeds into a Mahara ’institution’ • User Administration in Mahara is controlled per institution • More networking ability between users of different institutions • Still traditional ePortfolio functionality of course Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  28. 28. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! 1 Why & What? 2 Mahara Overview 3 Moodle Integration 4 Two Use Cases 5 Get Involved! Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  29. 29. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! We need you! • Come to my workshop this afternoon • Install Mahara at your school, university, company • Give us feedback! • Develop new artefact plugins, themes • Translate it to your language • Write good documentation Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara
  30. 30. Why & What? Mahara Overview Moodle Integration Two Use Cases Get Involved! Questions? • http://mahara.org • http://eduforge.org/projects/mahara • irc: #mahara on freenode Penny Leach <penny@catalyst.net.nz> MoodleMoot Barcelona Using Moodle with Mahara

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