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Mahara - ePortfolio

Mahara-Build your own electronic portfolio

Mahara is the University's e-Portfolio system. 

It can be accessed directly from Moodle, by clicking on the e-Portfolio link, or by typing this address into your web-browser: http://eportfolio.yorksj.ac.uk

Watch the video for a scenario based introduction to ways in which Mahara might be useful for staff and students at YSJ.

 

What is an e-Portfolio?

An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks.

At the simplest level, Mahara is two things: an e-Portfolio and a social networking system combined. An e-Portfolio is a system in which students can record “evidence of lifelong learning” – such as assignments, artwork or other such things they produce that can be stored digitally. Such things are known as artefacts in Mahara.

If you think of Moodle as the formal, structured side of e-learning, then Mahara is the social, reflective side. An VLE and an ePortfolio complement one another in an online learning environment.

 

Finding out more about Mahara

Tutors, for guidance on how you can use Mahara more effectively, please visit our resources page, book on to one of our sessions, or contact the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team: tel@yorksj.ac.uk

Students, if you need training or advice on how to use Mahara, speak to your tutors or contact Annette Webb (Academic Technologies Trainer) in the Library & Information Services team.