PacktLib: Mahara ePortfolios: Beginner’s Guide

Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide

Credits

About the Authors

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Preface

What can Mahara do for you?

Portfolios go electronic

Towards an ePortfolio-enabled future

Why Mahara?

Ways of using Mahara

Join the Mahara community

Time for action — join mahara.org and explore

Mahara sites in the wild

Time for action — looking at some real-life Maharas

Summary

Getting Started with Mahara

Registering with a Mahara site

Time for action — registering to the Mahara for Beginners' demo site

Logging in for the first time

Time for action — logging in

Mahara's user interface — finding your way around

A workflow for building your portfolio

Setting up your own profile

Time for action — editing your profile

Time for action — uploading your profile pictures

Time for action — editing your résumé, goals, and skills

Your profile page

Time for action — viewing and investigating your profile page

Adding a text box to your profile page

Time for action — creating a text box for your profile page

Time for action — editing a text box by adding a hyperlink

Time for action — adding an image to your text box

Your dashboard page

Time for action — viewing and investigating your dashboard page

Settings

Time for action — changing your settings

Notifications

Time for action — open up your notifications inbox

Summary

Create and Collect Content

Putting your files online

Time for action — adding some folders and files to your portfolio

Uploading more than one file

Time for action — zip, upload, and unzip

Writing in your journal

Time for action — creating your first Mahara journal

Make a plan and set some tasks

Time for action — make a plan and set some tasks

Notes

Time for action — exploring notes

Linking to files, folders, plans, and journals on your dashboard page

Time for action — linking to files, folders, plans, and journals on your dashboard pages

Summary

Organize and Showcase your Portfolio

What are pages in Mahara?

Time for action — create a page and edit the content

A word on small page headers

Adding/removing columns from your page

Time for action — editing your page layout

Time for action — adding page details

Page access

Time for action — editing your page access

Secret URLs

Time for action — create a secret URL

Editing your page once you have created it

Blocks

Copying pages

Time for action — copying a page

Page feedback

Time for action — feeding back on a page's content

Collections — linking pages together

Time for action — create a collection

Assessing the quality of your page/collection

Page quality checklist

Exporting your portfolio

Time for action — exporting your portfolio

Summary

Share and Network in Groups

Groups

Time for action — creating a group

Membership

Navigating your new group

Time for action — opening up and navigating around your group

The groups shortcut side block

Joining an open membership group

Time for action — joining a group in Mahara for Beginners

Managing your group members

Time for action — managing group members and changing roles

Group forums

Time for action — creating a forum

Forum topics

Time for action — adding a discussion topic

Posting to a topic

Time for action — replying to a topic post

Finding groups

Time for action — finding and joining a group

Joining a request membership group

Time for action — requesting to join a group

Making friends!

Time for action — finding friends and adding them to your list

Managing your friends

Time for action — filtering and removing friends

Summary

Course Groups and Other Roles in Mahara

Less learner-driven aspects of Mahara

Institutions

Time for action — adding users to your institution

Bulk uploading users to your institution

Time for action — adding institution users by CSV

Approving pending users

Editing user account settings

Time for action — finding and suspending a user

Switching user roles in your institution

Time for action — creating institution staff and institution administrators

Controlled membership groups

Course group roles

Create a controlled membership group and allow course roles

Time for action — setting up a controlled membership group with course roles

Tutors

Time for action — adding a tutor to your controlled group with course roles

Submitting work for assessment

Time for action — submitting a page to a course group for assessment

Time for action — releasing a page submitted for assessment

Putting it all together into an assessment process

Time for action — an example assessment process with Mahara

Summary

Mahara Extensions

Extending Mahara

Mahara extensions list

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Time for action — create a list of CPD activities

My Learning

Time for action — determine multiple intelligences and display them

Time for action — determine your learning styles and display them

Embedly

Time for action — embed some content using Embedly

Social sharing — Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Time for action — add a Twitter Tweet button to a Mahara page

LinkedIn profile

Time for action — embed your LinkedIn profile in a page

Summary

Mahara Implementation Pre-Planner

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