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Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide

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Create your own e-Portfolio and Communities of Interest within an Educational or Professional Organization with this book and ebook.

  • A step-by-step approach that takes you through examples with ample screenshots and clear explanations

  • Create, customize, and maintain an impressive personal digital portfolio of web pages and mini websites (collections) with a simple point-and-click interface

  • Create and manage online learning communities and social networks through groups, shared file areas, and forums

  • In Detail

    Mahara E-Portfolios helps you to use software as you follow an experiential learning cycle. In Mahara you can:

  • Plan your learning.

  • Do what you do and gather evidence of your competence as you do those things.

  • View and organize your work by structuring your data in easy-to-make (web)pages and (mini- website) collections of those pages.

  • Reflect on your learning by use of professional journals, engaging feedback on your pages and establishing and engaging in online communities who share a similar interest.

  • Mahara E-Portfolios: Beginner's Guide is a step-by-step guide to develop a feature-rich and highly personal electronic portfolio. Form a digital repository of reflective journals, action learning plans, presentations, reports, images and videos. Easily share this with your friends, family, tutors, students, project team and others using this step-by-step guide written in a clear and easy to learn manner.

    This book guides you to build an impressive e-Portfolio and to work in professional communities of interest within a Mahara walled garden. It brings to life the key features of Mahara which will help thoughtful people to display their artefacts coherently and to engage with like-minded peers professionally.

    This book introduces you to exciting features of Mahara framework and helps you develop a feature-rich e-portfolio for yourself. You will see how easily you can create folders, upload multiple files like project documents, pictures and videos and share them with your friends. You will learn to set up single pages and collections of pages which organize these files, making these visible only to your own chosen peers, supervisors or friends. Then, you will allow people to give their inputs.

    You will learn to create journals, learning plans, your professional resume, group spaces and forums which help you get connected to the rest of the world. Customization and administration of your Mahara site will be 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.

    Mahara E-Portfolios: Beginner's Guide is a 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.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide
      3. Credits
      4. About the Authors
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Time for action — heading
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — heading
          3. Have a go hero — heading
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. What can Mahara do for you?
        1. Portfolios go electronic
        2. Towards an ePortfolio-enabled future
        3. Why Mahara?
          1. Personalized learning
          2. Reflective learning
          3. Collaborative learning
          4. Pop quiz — what is important to you in an ePortfolio?
        4. Ways of using Mahara
          1. Case study one: Punam from Pennytown Primary
          2. Case study two: Janet Norman from Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (PI Inc.)
          3. Case study three: Neil from Training for Work
          4. Case study four: Christophe from Silverworks University
        5. Join the Mahara community
        6. Time for action — join mahara.org and explore
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — learning about http://mahara.org
        7. Mahara sites in the wild
        8. Time for action — looking at some real-life Maharas
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — pressing the buttons till it hurts
        9. Summary
      9. 2. Getting Started with Mahara
        1. Registering with a Mahara site
        2. Time for action — registering to the Mahara for Beginners' demo site
          1. What just happened?
        3. Logging in for the first time
        4. Time for action — logging in
          1. What just happened?
        5. Mahara's user interface — finding your way around
          1. A word on Mahara themes
            1. The main menu and submenus
            2. Side blocks
            3. The footer
        6. A workflow for building your portfolio
        7. Setting up your own profile
          1. Profile information
          2. Editing your profile
        8. Time for action — editing your profile
          1. What just happened?
          2. Profile pictures
        9. Time for action — uploading your profile pictures
          1. What just happened?
          2. Editing your résumé
        10. Time for action — editing your résumé, goals, and skills
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — understanding your profile information
          3. Have a go hero — doing more with your profile information
        11. Your profile page
        12. Time for action — viewing and investigating your profile page
          1. What just happened?
          2. The profile page wall
          3. Some more profile page examples
        13. Adding a text box to your profile page
        14. Time for action — creating a text box for your profile page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Options in the text editor
        15. Time for action — editing a text box by adding a hyperlink
          1. What just happened?
          2. Taking the formatting and editing one step further
        16. Time for action — adding an image to your text box
          1. What just happened?
        17. Your dashboard page
        18. Time for action — viewing and investigating your dashboard page
          1. What just happened?
        19. Settings
        20. Time for action — changing your settings
          1. What just happened?
          2. Changing username and password
          3. HTML editor
        21. Notifications
        22. Time for action — open up your notifications inbox
          1. What just happened?
        23. Summary
      10. 3. Create and Collect Content
        1. Putting your files online
          1. Mahara replaces the USB stick
        2. Time for action — adding some folders and files to your portfolio
          1. What just happened?
          2. Giving structure to your folder tree and branches
          3. Copyright
          4. Upload limit
          5. Moving and deleting files
        3. Uploading more than one file
        4. Time for action — zip, upload, and unzip
          1. What just happened?
          2. Using tags to organize your files and search for them
          3. Pop quiz — files, folders, and tagging
          4. Have a go hero — start setting up your files, folders, and tags
        5. Writing in your journal
          1. What is a journal in Mahara?
        6. Time for action — creating your first Mahara journal
          1. What just happened?
          2. Embedding an image in your journal entry
          3. Pop quiz — writing a journal in Mahara
          4. Have a go hero — go on... get reflecting...
        7. Make a plan and set some tasks
        8. Time for action — make a plan and set some tasks
          1. What just happened?
        9. Notes
        10. Time for action — exploring notes
          1. What just happened?
        11. Linking to files, folders, plans, and journals on your dashboard page
        12. Time for action — linking to files, folders, plans, and journals on your dashboard pages
          1. What just happened?
        13. Summary
      11. 4. Organize and Showcase your Portfolio
        1. What are pages in Mahara?
        2. Time for action — create a page and edit the content
          1. What just happened?
        3. A word on small page headers
          1. Without small page headers
          2. With small page headers
        4. Adding/removing columns from your page
        5. Time for action — editing your page layout
          1. What just happened?
        6. Time for action — adding page details
          1. What just happened?
        7. Page access
        8. Time for action — editing your page access
          1. What just happened?
          2. Deciding who can access your page
          3. Time limiting access
          4. Making a page copyable
        9. Secret URLs
        10. Time for action — create a secret URL
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — creating a page
        11. Editing your page once you have created it
          1. Have a go hero — edit your page
        12. Blocks
        13. Copying pages
        14. Time for action — copying a page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — copying pages
        15. Page feedback
        16. Time for action — feeding back on a page's content
          1. What just happened?
        17. Collections — linking pages together
        18. Time for action — create a collection
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — add a navigation block to your collection
        19. Assessing the quality of your page/collection
        20. Page quality checklist
          1. Content
          2. Aesthetics
          3. Have a go hero — make a top quality page
        21. Exporting your portfolio
        22. Time for action — exporting your portfolio
          1. What just happened?
          2. HTML export
          3. Leap2A export
          4. Pop quiz — export
          5. Have a go hero — show off your portfolio by exporting to an HTML website
        23. Summary
      12. 5. Share and Network in Groups
        1. Groups
        2. Time for action — creating a group
          1. What just happened?
        3. Membership
          1. Open membership groups
          2. Request membership groups
          3. Friend invitations and recommendations
        4. Navigating your new group
        5. Time for action — opening up and navigating around your group
          1. What just happened?
        6. The groups shortcut side block
          1. Have a go hero — set up some new groups and create their About pages
        7. Joining an open membership group
        8. Time for action — joining a group in Mahara for Beginners
          1. What just happened?
        9. Managing your group members
        10. Time for action — managing group members and changing roles
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — creating Mahara groups
        11. Group forums
        12. Time for action — creating a forum
          1. What just happened?
          2. Forum moderation
          3. Forum topic expansion
          4. Managing your forum
        13. Forum topics
          1. Forum discussion frameworks
        14. Time for action — adding a discussion topic
          1. What just happened?
          2. Naming forums and their topic subjects
        15. Posting to a topic
        16. Time for action — replying to a topic post
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — group forums
          3. Group pages
          4. Group files
        17. Finding groups
        18. Time for action — finding and joining a group
          1. What just happened?
        19. Joining a request membership group
        20. Time for action — requesting to join a group
          1. What just happened?
          2. Accepting/denying requests to join a group
        21. Making friends!
        22. Time for action — finding friends and adding them to your list
          1. What just happened?
          2. Responding to a friend request
        23. Managing your friends
        24. Time for action — filtering and removing friends
          1. What just happened?
        25. Summary
      13. 6. Course Groups and Other Roles in Mahara
        1. Less learner-driven aspects of Mahara
        2. Institutions
          1. What is an institution?
          2. Administering an institution
        3. Time for action — adding users to your institution
          1. What just happened?
        4. Bulk uploading users to your institution
        5. Time for action — adding institution users by CSV
          1. What just happened?
        6. Approving pending users
        7. Editing user account settings
        8. Time for action — finding and suspending a user
          1. What just happened?
        9. Switching user roles in your institution
        10. Time for action — creating institution staff and institution administrators
          1. What just happened?
          2. Masquerading as another user
          3. Configuring your institution's settings
          4. Dealing with admin notifications
          5. Institution pages
          6. Institution files
          7. Pop quiz — managing your institution
        11. Controlled membership groups
        12. Course group roles
        13. Create a controlled membership group and allow course roles
        14. Time for action — setting up a controlled membership group with course roles
          1. What just happened?
          2. Publicly viewable groups
        15. Tutors
        16. Time for action — adding a tutor to your controlled group with course roles
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — set up some tutors in controlled or request groups
        17. Submitting work for assessment
        18. Time for action — submitting a page to a course group for assessment
          1. What just happened?
        19. Time for action — releasing a page submitted for assessment
          1. What just happened?
        20. Putting it all together into an assessment process
        21. Time for action — an example assessment process with Mahara
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz — course groups, staff members, and tutors
        22. Summary
      14. 7. Mahara Extensions
        1. Extending Mahara
        2. Mahara extensions list
        3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
        4. Time for action — create a list of CPD activities
          1. What just happened?
        5. My Learning
          1. Multiple intelligences
        6. Time for action — determine multiple intelligences and display them
          1. What just happened?
          2. Learning styles
        7. Time for action — determine your learning styles and display them
          1. What just happened?
        8. Embedly
        9. Time for action — embed some content using Embedly
          1. What just happened?
          2. Mixcloud
          3. SchoolTube
        10. Social sharing — Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
        11. Time for action — add a Twitter Tweet button to a Mahara page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Should you go social?
            1. Twitter
            2. Facebook
            3. LinkedIn
        12. LinkedIn profile
        13. Time for action — embed your LinkedIn profile in a page
          1. What just happened?
        14. Summary
      15. A. Mahara Implementation Pre-Planner
        1. What's involved with a Mahara implementation?
        2. Analysis and Specification
          1. Deciding if Mahara is right for you
          2. Understanding your own specific needs and working conditions
          3. Choosing between a Mahara-partner supported site or your own install
          4. Scoping out your implementation plan
            1. Deciding on your implementation timeframe
            2. Ensuring you have staff commitment
            3. Drafting out your initial Mahara content, site structure, visual design, and staff roles
            4. Drafting out your Mahara-specific policies
            5. Starting to embed Mahara use into wider institutional and program priorities
        3. Planning, Design, and Implementation
          1. Creating a Buzz!
          2. Getting some quick wins in first!
          3. Continuously involving your users in the planning and design process
          4. Keep going despite adversity!
            1. People can be implementation resistors:
            2. Situational response tactics
              1. Situational response tactic 1 — Big Bombs
              2. Situational response tactic 2 — Sniper Fire
        4. Evaluation and Continuation
          1. Reviewing and re-evaluating
          2. Changing and embedding
        5. Summary
      16. B. Installing Mahara
        1. What will you need?
          1. Can I install Mahara on Windows?
          2. What about installation on other operating systems?
        2. Downloading Mahara
        3. Time for action — downloading Mahara
          1. What just happened?
        4. Using the command line
        5. Time for action — creating your Mahara file structure
          1. What Just Happened?
        6. Creating the database
        7. Time for action — creating the Mahara database
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — using the command line to create your database
        8. Setting up the data directory
        9. Time for action — setting up the data directory
          1. What just happened?
        10. Time for action — creating the config.php file
          1. What just happened?
        11. Running the installer
        12. Time for action — running the installer
          1. What just happened?
        13. The last step — setting up a cron process
        14. What is a Mahara Partner and what can they do for me?
        15. Finding a Mahara Partner
      17. C. Pop quiz — Answers
        1. Chapter 1
          1. Learning about http://mahara.org
        2. Chapter 2
          1. Understanding your profile information
        3. Chapter 3
          1. Files, folders, and tagging
          2. Writing a journal in Mahara
        4. Chapter 4
          1. Creating a page
          2. Copying pages
          3. Export
        5. Chapter 5
          1. Creating Mahara groups
          2. Group forums
        6. Chapter 6
          1. Managing your institution
          2. Course groups, staff members, and tutors
      18. Index