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SAFFIRE in May

SAFFIRE in May (some of my contributions)

ePortfolio Australia Forum updates

As part of my e-Portfolio communication and integration strategy at UC I encouraged colleagues who are using e-Portfolios for varied purposes to share what they are doing at the ePortfolio Australia Forum in October. After the ACU hosted event last year we offered to host this years event at UC, I'm part of the organising committee for this event. This month call for proposals closed, an online meeting using Skype and Google Docs was held to discuss the proposals and start on the program. Eight staff members from the University of Canberra (including myself) ended up submitting proposals, given these proposals have to be reviewed and approved I won't post their details in at this time. I'll be sure to post some details of the approved proposals and also link to the full program later on.

Educational Analytics (not Learning Analytics)

Talking with my Educational Research Methods unit convener I learned that she recently conducted a research project on this topic. The Educational Analytics project is aiming to run the first trial of a support indicators system next semester. At the project meeting this morning I asked if the project team and others would like to access the project aims, results, etc of my unit conveners research since the additional insights would be beneficial to the analytics project. Everyone agreed so a meeting will be arranged for this week.

Mahara updates, fixes, and upgrades

MIGRATION: This month Mahara is being migrated to a data center, I've been testing the Dev Server move for the last week and a half. Production will move over in a week.

BUG FIXES: SSO for submitting Mahara pages from Moodle has been problematic for 3 years now, but this week Netspot identified the problem and I was able to track down further factors involved in a fix, hopefully we can implement within the week.

UPGRADE: I've asked for Mahara to be upgraded from 1.5 to 1.7 ahead of Semester 2, providing many new features (most important to us is the SafeIFrames feature allowing all sorts of cloud based content into Mahara, benefiting from extra storage and functionality provided by the cloud) and many bug fixes.

Unit Outlines

As part of the Unit Outlines Repository project I managed in 2009 a Moodle Unit Outline Block was added to Moodle so that students can see the unit outline directly from their Moodle site. Moodle is currently being upgraded from 2.1 to 2.3. In addition Equella (the repository software) is being migrated to new hardware. As such I have been working with the Moodle Manager, IT, and the Library (who manage Equella) to make sure the unit outline block is tested for correct behaviour in the development environment in preparation for the Equella Prod move as well as the Moodle upgrade.  

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