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Mahara Upgrade

Mahara is the University’s e-Portfolio system. It can be accessed directly from Moodle, by clicking on exploree-Portfolio, or by typing this address into your web-browser: http://eportfolio.yorksj.ac.uk

On Tuesday 21st January we will be upgrading from Mahara 1.4 to Mahara 1.8, a change which will ensure performance and stability for the future, and which will include a host of new features.

There will be quite a few changes, given that we are upgrading by 4 versions, as well as some great new features, including:

  • New Moodle Assignment plugin which will allow students to submit e-Portfolio pages for assessment
  • The block chooser now appears vertically and scrolls down the page, to accomodate longer Pages
  • Page layouts can now have rows as well as columns
  • The PDF block allows PDFs to be viewed inline (embedded) in a Page
  • Notes (and text box blocks) can have attachments
  • You can drag-and-drop to upload files
  • Page skins allow individual users the ability to change the design of their Pages
  • A new ‘responsive theme’, designed to work fluidly on many screen sizes; especially mobile devices
  • The option for images to be resized at upload time
  • The ability to add journal entries directly from a page
  • Collections can be submitted to groups
  • Reusable text boxes, a.k.a. ‘Notes’
  • Image gallery displays external galleries (flickr, Panoramio, Photobucket, Picasa, Windows Live)
  • Support for embedding content from Glogster, Prezi, Slideshare, Vimeo, Voki and WikiEducator
  • The ability to copy collections
  • Multiple file uploads

More information about Mahara can be found on the TEL website.

Staff can contact the TEL team for more information (tel@yorksj.ac.uk) and students looking for help can contact Annette Webb (Student Academic Technologies Trainer).

Phil

Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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