Mahara 1.4 Cookbook

Mahara 1.4 Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Discover the flexibility of the Mahara system for portfolio use and web page development
  • Filled with tips and techniques for varied uses of features including HTML blocks, Journals, and Collections
  • Learn how to leverage the social networking components and groups features to build collaborative communities
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 308 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2011
ISBN : 1849515069
ISBN 13 : 9781849515061
Author(s) : Ellen Marie Murphy
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks, e-Learning, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Mahara for the Visual Arts
Chapter 2: Literature and Writing
Chapter 3: The Professional Portfolio
Chapter 4: Working with groups
Chapter 5: The Primary Education Portfolio
Chapter 6: The Social Portfolio
Chapter 7: The College Application Portfolio
Chapter 8: Certification and Accreditation Portfolio for Higher Education
  • Chapter 1: Mahara for the Visual Arts
    • Introduction
    • Uploading and sharing a single image
    • Protecting your opus
    • Making a photo journal using Picasa
    • Journaling a project from start to finish
    • Building a simple gallery
    • Using the Collections feature to create a gallery with an audio-guided tour
    • Chapter 2: Literature and Writing
      • Introduction
      • Uploading a group of documents, and sharing them using the Secret URL
      • A "Thought a Day" journal
      • A page of writing samples
      • A poetry chapbook
      • Thesis/research planning
      • Language acquisition journal
      • A Daily Gazette (Journalism page)
      • Chapter 3: The Professional Portfolio
        • Introduction
        • Adding content to Résumé
        • A simple curriculum vitae
        • The cover letter
        • References and recommendations
        • The complete package: Cover letter, resume, and letters of reference
        • Complex resume: the professional portfolio
        • The promotion and tenure portfolio
        • Chapter 4: Working with groups
          • Introduction
          • Creating a group and adding members
          • Creating an interactive homepage for a course group
          • Creating a web page that features student projects
          • Creating templates
          • Creating a group newspaper using newsfeeds from student journals
          • Chapter 5: The Primary Education Portfolio
            • Introduction
            • Submitting and locking pages
            • Using a student journal to help students learn how to write a research paper
            • Progress reports and the transference of artifacts
            • A simple template for very young students
            • Creating and using a simple template
            • A student portfolio of the primary education years
            • A reading list (book reports)
            • Using slideshow to create a book
            • International project
            • Creating a classroom page to share with families
            • Chapter 6: The Social Portfolio
              • Introduction
              • Setting a theme and a layout for your profile page
              • Posting comments to a Wall
              • Using the journal feature for your Wall
              • Adding a counter
              • Adding a feed from Twitter
              • Sending feeds to Twitter and/or Facebook
              • Adding your external blog to your profile page
              • Chapter 7: The College Application Portfolio
                • Introduction
                • The Art Portfolio and The Common Application: Art Supplement
                • Using HTML to create your unofficial transcript
                • Creating an academic achievements page
                • The Common Application: Extracurricular Activities & Work Experience portion
                • The Athletic Supplement

                  Ellen Marie Murphy

                  Ellen is a learning technologies specialist and educator with over 16 years of experience. She is an avid proponent of open source software, and tends to be an early adopter. Her first Moodle and Mahara implementations were during her tenure at The Sage Colleges, where she was employed as Director of Instructional Technologies. Currently the Director of Learning Technologies and Online Education at Plymouth State University, and the Higher Education Liaison to the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education, she remains actively engaged with all levels of education: K-20. In 1998, while teaching at a middle school in Vermont, she was introduced to the concept of ePortfolios and has strongly supported the use of ePortfolios in teaching and learning since. She recently hosted a Statewide K-20 ePortfolio Day and hopes to make it an annual event.
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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Customize a large number of views and apply them to your projects
                  • Use Mahara and Moodle together to share resources and training materials
                  • Use nested collections to build an extensive portfolio for Promotion and Tenure
                  • Build standards-based templates for report cards or teacher certification
                  • Embed images and sound clips to create an art gallery with an audio guided tour
                  • Use textboxes and some HTML coding to enhance portfolio design
                  • Learn formatting tips and techniques including adding banners, and methods for building various forms of navigation
                  • Learn how to embed components from outside Mahara including RSS Feeds, VoiceThreads, and more
                  • Learn how multiple student blogs can be used to create a group newspaper
                  • Construct a complete resume package, including cover letter, that can be easily and rapidly customized for multiple employers
                  • Create an illustrated book that can later become part of a large portfolio view
                  • Use Mahara to create a College Application portfolio

                  In Detail

                  Mahara is an e-portfolio system that allows you to build dynamic and engaging portfolios in no time. Use Mahara when applying for jobs, creating portfolios for certification and accreditation, for classroom projects, book reviews, to create your own social network and much more. This book will show you the many different ways in which you can use Mahara, and how to exploit the various components of Mahara.

                  The Mahara 1.4 Cookbook will introduce you to features you probably have not explored, and show you how to use them in ways you probably had not considered.   The book also provides guidance in the use of  Gimp, Picasa, Audacity, Word and other programs that can be used to create artifacts. It will provide you with techniques for creating everything from dynamic and engaging web pages to complete projects, interactive groups, educational templates, and professional resume packages.

                  By exploring the recipes in this book, you will learn how to use each of the various blocks and content areas including the resume sections, Journals, and plans.  You will learn how to archive a portfolio, and set access levels.  We will build an art gallery,  a newspaper, use groups for collaboration and assessment, and use the Collections feature to build complex layered portfolios. You will also find recipes for building templates for standards-based report cards and teacher certification. The book is packed with ideas from the simple to the extremely advanced, but each idea is supported with step-by-step instructions that will make all of them seem easy.

                  From promotion and tenure packages, to photo galleries, to project templates; learn to use Mahara in ways you've never dreamed of


                  Part of Packt's cookbook series, this book offers learning and techniques through recipes. It contains step-by-step instructions for Mahara users of all kinds. It is designed in such a way that you can refer to recipes chapter by chapter, or read them in no particular order.

                  Who this book is for

                  Whether you are a student, an instructor, an administrator, or simply someone who would like to build your own portfolio, this book is for you. The range of recipes is wide, because Mahara's features can support portfolio development and use, regardless of level or purpose. This book requires only a very basic knowledge of Mahara.

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