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Showing posts from February, 2014

In tutorial training of #Mahara - "Involve me and Learn" ― Benjamin Franklin

It's ideal to have a lab for IT training/portfolio practice/digital literacies so students can have hands-on experience - allowing the tools, processes and concepts to sink in deeper. However sometimes the space your given to work in is a standard tutorial room with the only facilities being a lectern PC and projector, and whatever devices students bring with them (asked or otherwise). In these situations I still like to get the students involved anyway I can with using and applying the systems (e.g. Mahara). I've written the strategies I use down here in case they're useful for someone else: Rather than run a whole session using my own account to demo functions, I ask students to volunteer to come up front and use theirs in front of the class, while I guide them through the process.  A couple of advantages are: this helps other students see that it doesn't take an expert to use the system, and gives the student doing it the hands-on experience they need,

Using #Moodle and #Mahara to develop #selfassessment skills

The Mahara assignment submission plugin is being redeveloped from a basic summative assessment tool to integrate into the more sophisticated Moodle 2.5 assignment type. Initial work done by Ruslan ( see the conversation here ) has been continued by the community, and now Catalyst are working on finalising Ruslan's update to the plugin to work with collections and some other Moodle 2 functionality.  This development is very important, as prior to this only summative assessment of a portfolio via moodle was possible, i.e. submitted pages were locked (non-editable). Drafting was not possible, and attachments could not be submitted along with the portfolio. (Yes it is possible for students to share portfolios within Mahara with teachers but this adds more steps and complexity.) In the future self assessment and drafting will be supported within the assignment tool and gradebook functions in Moodle. Especially for new users this helps to reduce the amount of Mahara training, and g

#Mahara #ePortfolio growth at UC

Having managed the implementation of ePortfolios and Mahara at UC since the end of 2010 it is very encouraging to see the growth trend over these years. A highlight on the following cumulative tally of user accounts graph is the kick at the end, where usage is user driven not course driven over the 2013-14 break. It should be noted that at the end of last year we added a link to the environment from the main university web page. This delay was on purpose, it was so that we had time to establish a sizeable Mahara knowledge base and support resources on campus before advertising availability to the whole institution. Looking back it's a useful strategy.

#Training 2000 new users on #Mahara in one semester in #Highered

This year the University of Canberra is introducing a Common First Year Unit, comprised of 3 modules. The first module, "Thinking Like a Professional", is being embedded in a number of large introductory first year units. As part of this module students will learn about the various professional paths they could take, how to create a good CV and a plan looking a few years ahead. The reflections and artefacts that come out of this process will be assessed as part of a portfolio. Rather than blogs and/or other cloud platforms the portfolio system that will be used is UC's Mahara ePortfolio. Providing support for the first year intake therefore has two primary components: The concepts, skills and knowledge associated with the professional options, creating a CV and developing a plan. How to use Mahara to communicate the reflections and other artefacts. My role is in helping coordinate the support for Mahara. Point 1 will be covered by the unit convener, tutors an