Mahara 1.2 E-Portfolios: Beginner's Guide


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  • Create, customize, and maintain an impressive personal digital portfolio with a simple point-and-click interface
  • Set customized access to share your text files, images, and videos with your family, friends, and others
  • Create online learning communities and social networks through groups, blogs, and forums
  • A step-by-step approach that takes you through examples with ample screenshots and clear explanations

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 264 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : February 2010
ISBN : 1847199062
ISBN 13 : 9781847199065
Author(s) : Derrin Michael Kent, Glenys Gillian Bradbury, Margaret Anne Kent, Richard William Hand
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, e-Learning, Open Source, Web Development


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: What Can Mahara Do for Me?
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Mahara
Chapter 3: Add Files and Blogs to Your Portfolio
Chapter 4: Views
Chapter 5: Working in Groups and Interacting with Friends
Chapter 6: Site Settings and Exporting Your Portfolio
Chapter 7: Institution Administrators, Staff Members, and Group Tutors
Appendix A: Mahara Implementation Pre-Planner
Appendix B: Installing Mahara
Appendix C: Pop Quiz Answers
Index
  • Chapter 1: What Can Mahara Do for Me?
    • Portfolios go electronic
      • Towards an ePortfolio-enabled future
    • Ways of using Mahara
      • Case study one: Punam from Pennytown Primary
      • Case study two: Janet Norman from Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (PI Inc.)
      • Case study three: Neil from Training 4 Work
    • Time for action – looking at some real-life Maharas
    • Why Mahara?
      • Personalized learning
      • Reflective learning
      • Collaborative learning
    • Join the Mahara community
    • Time for action – registering and exploring further
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started with Mahara
    • Registering with a Mahara site
    • Time for action – registering onto the demonstration site
    • Logging in for the first time
    • Time for action – logging in
    • Mahara's user interface—finding your way around
      • A word on Mahara themes
      • The main menu and submenus
      • Site blocks
      • The footer
    • Setting up your own profile
      • Profile information
        • Editing your profile
    • Time for action – editing your profile
      • Profile icons
    • Time for action – uploading your profile icons
      • Editing your resumé goals and skills
    • Time for action – editing your resumé goals and skills
    • Your profile page
    • Time for action – viewing and investigating your profile page
      • The profile page wall
      • Some more profile page examples
    • Adding a text box to your profile page
    • Time for action – creating a text box for your profile page
      • Options in the text editor
    • Time for action – editing a text box by adding a hyperlink
      • Taking the formatting and editing one step further
    • Time for action – adding an image to your text box
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Add Files and Blogs to Your Portfolio
    • Putting your files online
      • Mahara replaces the USB stick
    • Time for action – adding some folders and files to your Portfolio
      • Giving structure to your folder tree and branches
      • Copyright
      • Upload limit
      • Moving and deleting files
      • Uploading more than one file
    • Time for action – multiple file upload
      • Using tagging to organize your files and search for them
    • Blogging
      • What is a blog?
    • Time for action – creating your first Mahara blog
      • Embedding an image in your blog post
    • Linking to files, folders, and blogs in your Profile Page
    • Time for action – linking to files, folders, and blogs in your Profile Page
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Views
    • What are Views in Mahara?
    • Time for action – creating and laying out your View
    • Adding/removing columns from your View
    • Time for action – changing your View layout
    • Time for action – adding View details
    • View access
    • Time for action – editing your View access
    • Making a View copyable
    • Deciding who can access your View
    • Time-limiting access
    • Editing your View once you have created it
      • Blocks
    • Copying Views
    • Time for action – copying a View
    • View feedback
    • Time for action – feedback on a View's content
    • Best practice example – multi-page view
    • Time for action – linking Views together to make a multi-page View
    • Assessing the quality of your View
      • View quality checklist
        • Aesthetics
        • Content
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Working in Groups and Interacting with Friends
    • Groups
    • Time for action – creating a group
    • Group types
      • Open membership groups
      • Request membership groups
      • Invite only groups
    • Navigating your new group
    • Time for action – opening up and navigating around your group
    • The groups shortcut sideblock
    • Joining an open membership group
    • Time for action – joining a group in maharaforbeginners.tdm.info
    • Managing your group members
    • Time for action – removing group members and changing roles
    • Group forums
    • Time for action – creating a forum
    • Forum moderation
    • Managing your forum
    • The exciting bit: Forum topics
      • Forum discussion frameworks
    • Time for action – adding a discussion topic
    • Naming forums and their topic subjects
    • Posting to a topic
    • Time for action – replying to a topic post
    • Group files
    • Group views
    • Finding Groups
    • Time for action – finding and joining a group
    • Joining a request membership group
    • Time for action – requesting to join a group
    • Accepting/Denying requests to join a group
    • Making friends!
    • Time for action – finding friends and adding them to your list
    • Responding to a friend request
    • Managing your friends
    • Time for action – filtering and removing friends
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Site Settings and Exporting Your Portfolio
    • Preferences
    • Time for action – changing your preferences
      • Changing username and password
      • Friends control
      • HTML editor
      • Messages from other users
      • Show controls to add and remove columns when editing a view
      • Maximum tags in cloud
    • Preferences in the right sidebar
    • Notifications
    • Time for action – managing your notifications
    • Watchlist
    • Activity preferences
    • Time for action – choosing your activity preferences
    • Exporting your portfolio
    • Time for action – exporting your portfolio
      • HTML website export
      • LEAP2A export
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Institution Administrators, Staff Members, and Group Tutors
    • What is an institution?
      • Administering an institution
    • Time for action – adding users to your institution
    • Bulk uploading users to your institution
    • Time for action – adding institutional users by CSV
    • Editing user account settings
    • Time for action – finding a user and suspending them
    • Masquerading as another user
    • Managing member roles in your institution
    • Time for action – managing your institution's members, staff and admins
    • Configuring your institution's settings
    • Dealing with admin notifications
    • Institution views and files
      • Views
      • Files
    • Less learner-driven aspects of Mahara
    • What is a course group?
      • Case study
    • Time for action – setting up a Course: Controlled Membership group
    • Publicly viewable groups
    • Tutors
    • Time for action – adding a Tutor to your course group
    • Submitting work for assessment
    • Time for action – submitting a view to a course group for assessment
    • Time for action – releasing a view submitted for assessment
    • Putting it all together into an assessment process
    • Time for action – an example assessment process with Mahara
    • Summary
  • Appendix A: Mahara Implementation Pre-Planner
    • What's involved with a Mahara implementation?
    • Analysis and Specification
      • Deciding if Mahara is right for you
      • Understanding your own specific needs and working conditions
        • Concept 1: Purpose
        • Concept 2: Learning Activity Design
        • Concept 3: Processes
        • Concept 4: Ownership
        • Concept 5: Disruptive Nature
      • Choosing between a Mahara partner-supported site or your own installation
      • Scoping out your implementation plan
        • Decide on your implementation timeframe
        • Ensure you have the people's commitment
        • Draft out your initial Mahara design
        • Draft out your Mahara-specific policies
        • Start to embed Mahara into institutional and program priorities
    • Design and implementation
      • Creating a buzz!
      • Getting some quick wins in first!
      • Continuously involving your users in the design process
      • Keep going despite adversity!
    • Evaluation and continuation
      • Reviewing and re-evaluating
      • Changing and embedding
  • Appendix B: Installing Mahara
    • What will you need?
    • Downloading Mahara
    • Time for action – downloading Mahara
    • Using the command line
    • Time for action – creating your Mahara file structure
    • Creating the database
    • Time for action – creating the Mahara database
    • Setting up the data directory
    • Time for action – setting up the data directory
    • Time for action – creating the config.php file
    • Running the Installer
    • Time for action – running the installer
    • The last step: Setting up a cron process
      • Can I install Mahara on Windows?
      • What about installation on other operating systems?
    • What is a Mahara partner and what can they do for me?
      • Finding a Mahara partner
  • Chapter 3
    • files, folders, and tagging
    • blogging in Mahara
  • Chapter 4
    • Creating a View
    • Copying Views
  • Chapter 5
    • Creating Mahara Groups
    • Group Forums
  • Chapter 6
    • Activity Types
    • Export
  • Chapter 7
    • Managing an Institution

Derrin Michael Kent

Derrin Kent describes himself as a cross between a trainer, a manager, a linguist, and a geek. Managing Director of TDM (http://tdm.info), Derrin has a Master's level teaching qualification from the University of Cambridge (DTEFLA) and is also a Linux-Certified professional (LPIC). A jack-of-all-trades in open source software, Derrin has extensive Moodle experience (already a reviewer of two Packt books on Moodle) and speaks both Spanish and English at home with his Peruvian wife and two bilingual children.


Glenys Gillian Bradbury

Glenys Bradbury is a Prince2-qualified Project Manager who also works as a Mahara (and Moodle) learning-designer, site-administrator and end-user trainer for TDM (http://tdm.info). Glenys has extensive working experience as a trainer and manager in both educational and business environments. She is a friendly and sensitive change-manager who really, really knows how to make a personal development planning/knowledge management implementation process come to life.


Margaret Anne Kent

Meg Kent has worked continuously as a corporate manager and director in a variety of Work-Based Learning contexts since the late 1980s. She is now a Mahara (and Moodle) learning-designer and end-user trainer for TDM (http://tdm.info). Also a Work-Based Learning assessor in her own right, Meg successfully blends support for individuals' achievement of government-funded qualifications alongside the development of their practical Web2.0 skills.


Richard William Hand

Richard Hand is a Mahara platform manager, module developer and theme/configuration designer for TDM (http://tdm.info), an official Mahara partner organization. Richard also supports and develops other Open Source Software platforms including Moodle, Drupal, and Joomla. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Bristol in 2008 and won a national (UK) award for "Best Website Design" for one of his TDM Joomla! sites in 2009 (selected from 2000+ competitor sites).

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What you will learn from this book

You will learn to:

  • Create folders in Mahara – just like on your own computer – with an easy file search facility
  • Upload multiple files – journals, reports, presentations, videos, and sound clips – easily and set permissions for your group to view, edit, and delete them
  • Create a blog in Mahara and get connected to the rest of the world
  • Make an impressive profile using Mahara profile fields and tailor your own profile view
  • Create a new web page entirely from scratch and customize it 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
  • Customize and administer your Mahara site to our own preferences using a number of configuration settings for easy administration

In Detail

Mahara is a user-centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. These views helps you display your artefacts – text files, spreadsheets, images, and videos – in a way you choose and to the people you want. You can also create online communities and social networks through groups, blogs, and forums.

Being a novice, you will need a quick and easy implementation guide to set up your feature-rich digital portfolio.

This book is your 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.

This book will introduce to the exciting features of Mahara framework and help you develop a feature-rich e-portfolio for yourself. You will see how easily you can create folders, upload multiple files like journals, project documents, pictures, and videos and share them with your friends. You will learn to set up views of these files, making these visible to your chosen friends only. And then, you will allow people to give their inputs.

You will learn to create blogs and forums and get connected to the rest of the world. Customization and administration of your Mahara site will become 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.

Develop a feature-rich electronic portfolio – a digital repository of journals, presentations, reports, images, and videos – easily and share it with your friends, family, students, project team, and others

Approach

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 this book up if you want to get started with Mahara.
This book is for you if:

  • You are a student/learner wanting to maintain online documentation of your projects and share it with a particular teacher/trainer for feedback
  • You are a teacher wanting to set up an e-portfolio for your students 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
  • No previous experience of Mahara is required.

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