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Sam Taylor and Roger Emery, Southampton Solent University
Adopting an ePortfolio system can appear daunting at first;
where will it ‘sit’?
who will support it?
will staff ‘get it’?
will students use it?
Even after your first year of firefighting and going above and beyond the call of duty, you may feel dismay at the lack of effort that users have put into their online work. But fear not! It does get better. After five years of implementing Mahara, Southampton Solent University has seen an increase in ePortfolio adoption from employability and personal development focussed units, with students producing more visually striking ePortfolios.
This short talk will be a show and tell of the evolution of Mahara at Solent, from the ugly beginnings to the beautiful outcomes of today (think drab to fab!). Some of our ‘keys to success’ will also be shared along with feedback from many of our stakeholders.
The second half of our slot will be used to field questions based on anything we have covered to do with ePortfolio adoption, and so therefore this session is particularly useful for those who are only just starting to investigate Mahara.