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
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: email@example.com
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.