Our main objective is a very practical one; we want to help you begin to use eportfolios for teaching and learning. This project will focus on using just one system, Mahara, an increasingly popular open-source (free) eportfolio. Mahara can be used as a standalone tool or integrated very easily with Moodle VLE.
To remove any skill barriers at the outset, included in the project package will be accredited Mahara training by an approved provider. The Mahara Certificate course is aimed at beginners and will help you to fast track through all the skills you need to use Mahara effectively with your learners. Although there is a charge for the training it is offered at a special one–off rate available to the RSC for this project only, you will not be able to complete this training at this price anywhere else. The usual cost is £510 but we are offering this training at a one off cost of £168 (inclusive of VAT) offering you a huge saving of £348 for an accredited course! In addition you will be given ongoing support from the RSC during the life of the project.
If you are considering implementing eportfolios for your learners or wondering if they would be useful to you, this is a really good opportunity to learn how to use the software and implement that knowledge, while having support on hand during you first trials with students.
To take advantage of this offer you will need:
1. To be able be to complete both days of the training and participate in some online activities in the week between the two training dates (in order to qualify for the Mahara Certificate).
2. Identify a group of your learners who will create eportfolios
3. Make use of what you have learnt by using Mahara with your identified learners group for a minimum of 4 weeks
4. Use Mahara yourself to maintain a blog about your experiences throughout the project (maximum project span 3 months). This will allow you to share your experiences and findings with us and will replace the need for you to produce a final project report.
The four minute video below offers a quick demo of some of the capabilities of the Mahara e-portfolio platform on which this project is based. Certainly worth a look at what this e-portfolio option offers, for free.
To register your interest in this project or to find out more, please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christa Appleton (C.Appleton@wlv.ac.uk) Places are limited to twelve providers (eleven now!) so to take advantage of this offer, don’t delay!
Related wobble links:
E-Portfolios for Starters
E-Assessment Online Toolkit
Use Of E-Portfolios In Assessment
To read more of Wobble click here.