Mahara E-Portfolios: Beginner’s Guide
Mahara ePortfolios helps you to use software as you follow an experiential learning cycle. In Mahara you can:
- Plan your learning.
- Do what you do and gather evidence of your competence as you do those things.
- View and organize your work by structuring your data in easy-to-make (web)pages and (mini-website) collections of those pages.
- Reflect on your learning by use of professional journals, engaging feedback on your pages and establishing and engaging in online communities who share a similar interest.
Mahara ePortfolios: Beginner’s Guide is a step-by-step guide to develop a feature-rich and highly personal electronic portfolio. Form a digital repository of reflective journals, action learning plans, presentations, reports, images and videos. Easily share this with your friends, family, tutors, students, project team and others using this step-by-step guide written in a clear and easy to learn manner.
This book guides you to build an impressive e-Portfolio and to work in professional communities of interest within a Mahara walled garden. It brings to life the key features of Mahara which will help thoughtful people to display their artefacts coherently and to engage with like-minded peers professionally.
This book introduces you to exciting features of Mahara framework and helps you develop a feature-rich e-portfolio for yourself. You will see how easily you can create folders, upload multiple files like project documents, pictures and videos and share them with your friends. You will learn to set up single pages and collections of pages which organize these files, making these visible only to your own chosen peers, supervisors or friends. Then, you will allow people to give their inputs.
You will learn to create journals, learning plans, your professional resume, group spaces and forums which help you get connected to the rest of the world. Customization and administration of your Mahara site will be easy after you have gone through this book. Imagine how good you will feel when you will see your knowledge, success, and ideas going live and available to your chosen audiences for their inputs.
Mahara ePortfolios: Beginner’s Guide is a step-by-step guide to building an impressive professional e-portfolio using Mahara. It covers the key features of Mahara that will help you set up your customized digital portfolio and display the artefacts in your preferred way allowing contribution from selected users only.
What you will learn from this book
- Create folders of your self-produced materials in a private area within Mahara, just like on your own computer, with an easy file search facility
- Create a variety of journals and plans in Mahara – facilitating your own action research and experiential learning journey
- Make an impressive online profile and digital resume using Mahara profile fields and tailor your own profile view
- Create scores of new web pages or mini-websites (collections of pages) entirely from scratch and customize each of them to allow much more flexibility and control over who sees what and when
- Set an environment to receive public or private feedback on your pictures, videos, and articles
- Connect with other Mahara users and get social: discuss topics of common interest in forums and share views with each other in collectively-owned web pages
- Manage different groups of learners within Mahara, tutor them and lock-down their work from further editing if you need to
- Customize and administer your Mahara site to your own preferences using a number of configuration settings for easy administration
This book will provide you with step-by-step instructions to get started with Mahara and create an impressive electronic portfolio. The book is packed with many useful examples and screenshots for easy and quick learning.
Who this book is for
Pick up this book if you want to get started with Mahara. This book is for you if:
- You are an employee, student or other type of learner wanting to maintain online documentation of your projects and share it with a particular assessor/CPD Manager/teacher/trainer for feedback.
- You are a teacher or mentor wanting to set up an e-portfolio for your students or employees in order to encourage and advance personalized and reflective learning.
- You are a professional wanting to share your journals and project documents with your team by sharing your existing knowledge and creating new knowledge in communities of professional practice.
- You are a human resources professional who wants a software application which will enable your team to generate, capture and transfer tacit knowledge.
- No previous experience of Mahara is required.
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849517762
- ISBN-13: 978-1849517768