WA4: ATS2020 Learning Environments

1. ATS2020 tools and specifications

Students and Teachers in ATS2020 will work with the ePortfolio-Platform Mahara and the OneNote Class Notebook. Students can also use Office 365 in order to create artefacts. These artefacts can be later on be embedded into their Mahara ePortfolio or into the Office 365/OneNote environment. The following slides should give you an impression how we imagine this work. Additionally, please visit the portfolio page on User Support/Guidance material in order to find the newest guidance materials with detailed instructions (slides, screencasts, webinar recordings) how to work with Mahara and/or Office 365/One Note Class notebook.


Presentation: Tools and Technology for ATS2020 teachers and students

2. Mahara Learning Environment

While the presentation above was not held at the Trainers' Workshop in Krems, there was the activity "Create and edit ePortfolio pages, sharing and seeking feedback". As we were a bit rushed in time during the workshop you might like to re-do the page which you started at the workshop - maybe including your feedback on the workshop...

A further page supporting workshop activities collects all the tool guides created for Mahara (and Office 365/OneNote Class Notebook) we have created for ATS2020. We are provide you with your own "institution" in which you can experiment with user roles and much more.

Kristina Hoeppner, a key-figure from the Mahara community, explains Mahara for Moodle users at the iMoot 2014. Even if you do not use Moodle, it is an interesting apporoach to see an ePortfolio platform in comparison to a Learning Management System (LMS).

Andrea Ghoneim blogs about "Getting Started with Mahara". She offers a range of commented links and hints to best practice examples as well as Online-Tutorials.

A series of tutorials for ATS2020 trainers is provided via the page "ATS2020 User Support - Guides for Tools".

The Mahara user manual provided by the Mahara community is an extensive compendium about all features in Mahara.

Forecast - Mahara Development for ATS2020 (added 2015-11-25, adapted 2016-04-27): As some trainers already commented that they would like to see the look and feel of Mahara changed: Please find below a draft for a new starting page for Mahara for ATS2020. You can also customize pages yourself for your school/institution, which enables you to create your own starting page.


Mahara - work on a new entry page


3. Office 365 Learning Environment

You can find attached the presentation used during the workshop as well as more resources and material.

O365 manual for teachers as used in EUfolio 


*** Links to MS documentations as provided by Oliver Zofic (Microsoft)***

As for education relevant website – please navigate here – where you have website that will walk you through
Office 365 for education: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office/default.aspx

Day in a life of a student: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/students/resources/default.aspx

Day in a life of a teacher: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/educators/teacher-resources/default.aspx

Information on school deployment:

As well parts of O365 that we mentioned already:

-          OneNote classroom creator: http://onenoteforteachers.com/

-          Office MIX for teachers: http://www.mixforteachers.com/

-          Sway: https://blogs.office.com/2015/05/04/sway-announces-office-365-and-languages/

 All these links above provide a lot of documentation about office 365 and arranged in a consistent way – so it is super hard to extract only bits and pieces.

Full Office 365 service description can be found here (technical):

Clipping of E-Mail of 20.08.2015 16:52:09, from: <a-ozofic@microsoft.com>



4. Discussion

Please continue discussing your experiences and wishes as well as unclear points in the ATS2020 Trainer Online Forum. Andrea Ghoneim will follow up and either reply or use the input to track development needs.

You can also use the feedback option below to place your comments.