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#ePortfolio Assessment Tips from the Field

Stuff that works when using ePortfolios in assessment. Clear, explicit and well communicated task instructions make a big different to the quality of student portfolios. E.g: what is expected in the portfolio in terms of content/evidence, the kinds of media to use or not use, layout suggestions/expectations, provision of exemplars. Clear how-to instructions in the form of short chunked videos or screenshots with instructions on how to use the tool (e.g. Mahara) allow students to more quickly master the technology and progress to the critical stage of creating their portfolios. Making expectations/requirements explicit and communicating them effectively and just-in-time - i.e. when the student engages with the portfolio the requirements should be readily available. Create Mahara templates with requirements and examples embedded in the template, this way students can copy the template as their own page, and replace place-holder content with their own over time as they gather e

Making #Mahara Better with #CatalystIT

One thing I love about Mahara, and other open source projects, is that fact that any community member can contribute to almost any aspect of the project. Coding, documentation, translations, marketing, support, bug fixes, and wish-list items can all be contributed. Some of the wish-list items I have submitted recently to the community for Mahara are below. These items are a direct result of observation of, and feedback from, our rapidly growing community of users. A couple of these are heading for version 1.10 thanks to the people at Catalyst IT who actually write and review the code! 1) Adding a way to manage rows directly on a Mahara page, emulating the way columns can be managed. 2) Adding the ability to choose more than one tag when dropping journals onto a page by tag. (e.g. Profile AND Public). This avoids the need to create "frankenstein" tags that identify numerous aspects of a journal post in one tag. 3) An easier way to order pages in a collecti