State of the Mahara Nation

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Keynote by Don Christie from Catalyst IT at Mahara UK13 on 4 July 2013

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State of the Mahara Nation

  1. 1. Don Christie <b>Catalyst IT</b> @normnz
  2. 2. “Civilization is an open-source project” Ariel Katz http://arielkatz.org
  3. 3. “Interview sub-atomic particles? Can't be done. You can ask an electron a question or hear the answer, but never both.” Giovanni Tiso
  4. 4. History
  5. 5. The eCDF ePortfolio Project was a 12 month collaborative venture funded by the Tertiary Education Commission’s e-learning Collaborative Development Fund (eCDF), involving Massey University as lead provider and Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington as consortium members
  6. 6. MaharaUK 2010 Picture credit Frank Steiner, ULCC Events
  7. 7. User Manual
  8. 8. It's stupid, students It's stupid students It's the students, stupid
  9. 9. Vitalstatistix
  10. 10. ohloh.net/p/mahara
  11. 11. $4,113,287
  12. 12. Mahara Newsletter
  13. 13. University of Canberra
  14. 14. So the barman sez, "We don't serve particles that travel faster than the speed of light"... Neutrino walks into the bar.
  15. 15. Coming up Universal Search Editor usability Skins Open Badges Icon, CSS, styles clean up Flexible page layout – rows/columns Upload/merge LEAP2A files UI improvements https://reviews.mahara.org
  16. 16. Universal Search
  17. 17. Vertical Layouts – Mike Kelly
  18. 18. Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary. It’s free software and an open technical standard any organization can use to create, issue and verify digital badges.
  19. 19. Core Team Kristina Hoeppner Aaron “Reno” Wells Son Nguyen Robert Lyon Evonne Cheung + Catalyst e-learning team
  20. 20. Community Credits Mike Kelly Gredor Anželj Dominique-Alain Jan Jasmin Hodge Ralf Hilgenstock Andreas Hediger Don Presant http://www.cafepress.com/mahara
  21. 21. Making it easy to contribute
  22. 22. Thirst for knowledge is global We take it for granted
  23. 23. Two atoms are walking along and one says to the other "I just lost an electron!". "Are you sure?". "I'm positive!"
  24. 24. “'Free software' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'.” Richard M. Stallman
  25. 25. It's <b>still</b> the students, stupid
  26. 26. An atom walked into a bar and said "how much for a beer?". Barman says "for you, no charge!"

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