Mahara as ePortfolio Platform for EUfolio

by Andrea Ghoneim

In January 2015 we looked at the EUfolio Mahara statistics again. The platform became so popular that Mahara workshops were requested by 3rd parties and enthusiastic teachers wrote about their experiences. The road to exploitation is clear: this platform will continue to serve teachers and learners!

The plugin “My Learning” has been further developed and redesigned by Gregor Anželj, who also added all partner’s languages to the new version of the plugin. “My learning” is now available in: English, Greek, German, Lithuanian, Slovenian, and Spanish. Gregor also provides users with a video tutorial presenting the My Learning plugin.

In 2015, EUfolio Mahara still shows an increase in users. Some E-Portfolio collections and views are fine-tuned in order to provide in insight into the project.

The presentation available here was prepared for the EUfolio partner meeting in Vilnius in January 2015.

It shows a further increase of Mahara users: 2238 users were registered in Mid-January which is an increase of more than 500 users. The number of learning groups increased as well to 355 Groups. The biggest increase can be observed concerning the number of pages that were created with Mahara: More than 2500 new pages make the total numbers of pages created within Mahara exceed 7700 pages.

Leading the page access statistics is once again the page that was created first: Mahara for Teachers was visited almost 3000 times since going online with the start of EUfolio Mahara in Summer 2013. Following in popularity are the reports from the EUfolio partner meeting in Slovenia in April 2014 ("Promoting 21st Century Skills with ePortfolios") and a documentation of workshop (held in early 2014 in Slovenia, as well), entitled "Learning Motivation through ePortfolios".

However, the Lithuanian partner's video about using Mahara and Office 365, which was first presented at the abovementioned partner meeting in Vilnius, gives a much stronger and heartwarming impression of EUfolio's ePortfolio tools in use.

Not included in the abovementioned Mahara statistics is BTW the use of the Slovenian partners who maintain their own Mahara server.

After having seen the Mahara dissemination page of the partners from Cyprus, a German-English bilingual Mahara dissemination page was created - with links to backup articles in German and English.

Finally, it was almost logical to create Mahara collections documenting the Work Package "Pilot Design" and EUfolio Mahara (as part of the WP "Pilot Implementation").

Usage Statistics at project end (End of April 2015):

Antri Avraamidou (CPI) proved to be the hardest working user who has created 61 pages in Eufolio Mahara.

The number of learning groups had raised to 375 (another slight increase) by the end of the project.

Mahara for Teachers” is still leading the hitlist of Mahara pages – with more than 3000 page views. However, collections of teachers and schools on their Mahara experiences during the pilot start being popular. An example is Tareas de Estadistica en E.S.O. centro público integrado “O Cruce”, set up by Luis Javier Rodríguez González, head of the Mathematics dept. of the Galician school “O Cruce”. His collection ranks 7th in the end of April 2015 with over 700 views.

The Department of Interactive Media and Educational Technologies of Danube University Krems will continue hosting and maintaining the server for EUfolio Mahara. This enables external visitors to see public pages and collections and European learning groups (school classes) to join at request. Foremost it remains open for those learning groups who participated in the EUfolio pilot and want to continue their ePortfolio work with Mahara.

Finally, the EUfolio Mahara platform might also be a basis for the project ATS2020 (Assessment of Transversal Skills in Lower Secondary schools). Assessment in ATS2020 is also linked with ePortfolio didactics...

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Further outcomes of the EUfolio. EU classroom ePortfolios pilot experiences are summarized in a project video. Detailed background information on the national pilots and resources like case studies can be obtained via the EUfolio website and the EUfolio resources center.