Workshop: How to choose an ePortfolio platform
At the ATS2020 Final Conference on 2 February 2018, the following workshop was held:
ePortfolios: Pedagogical Contexts and Choosing an ePortfolio Platform
Facilitators: Andrea Ghoneim, Danube University Krems (Austria) and Nicolas Kanaris, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Cyprus)
Research in a variety of contexts supports the pedagogical potential of ePortfolios. This is supported through the ATS2020 Learning Model and this workshop will focus on two potential ePortfolio platforms Mahara and Office 365/OneNote Class Notebook which were used by schools in the ATS2020 pilot implementation.
The material used at the workshop can be found in this collection, at the page devoted to "Tools and Affordances for Student-Centered Learning and Assessment"
Quick help: Change E-Mail-Address
Gregor shows you in the Group "Admin Support" how to change your primary E-Mail-Address in a few steps. Those of you who are Administrators of ATS2020-Institutions should BTW be members of this group as we will use it also for important informations on downtimes (rare, but sometimes necessary), bugs etc. Did we forget to add you? Please request membership or write to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be added.
Those checking this page who are in the role of an institution admin might have this problem frequently: a lost pawwords prevents your user from entering Mahara. The slides below show you how to change the password of this user. NB: the user can also click on "Lost password" to get a link that resets his/her password. However, such mails do end up in Spam very frequently, so it is helpful to be able to reset your users passwords...
About the Screencast below
Screencasting is a good way to communicate instructions, like the ones for working with a program. I made a screencast on creating and sharing pages in Mahara with the free online tool "Screencast-o-Matic". You find the result below for download. If I published the result on YouTube, I could also embed the video in this page.
"My Learning" in Mahara
To work with the Mahara plugin "MyLearning" you can use
- a Workshop Activity from the Workshop in Krems, introducing you to the work with "My Learning" (11/2015, updated to give you the new look and feel of this Mahara environment - created by the CPI team, updated by me)
- an instruction page (mainly for the handling) with a presentation
- an example for using "MyLearning" in the framework of a learning unit called HTML (created by Amela Sambolic Beganovic + Radovan Krainc)
Webinar Recording "Managing Institutions in Mahara"
Recording of "Working with Groups in Mahara"
Working with Office 365 and OneNote Class Notebook
Below, you can find the presentation that was basis of the ATS2020 webinar held by Nicolas Kanaris on O365 and OneNote Class Notebook in February 2016. Below you can find the presentation for the webinar. The workspace can be entered by ATS2020 Partners via our Sharepoint Site. External users and project partners alike can find guides for OneNote Class Notebook via the ATS2020 Resources Portal.
OneNote Class Notebook as an ePortfolio
Edita Rabizaite, ATS2020 partner and known personally to many of us from the ATS2020 trainers' workshop in Krems, contributed to the MS Office blogs with a post on "OneNote Class Notebook as an ePortfolio" (posted April 20, 2016). As her didactic settings for creating ePortfolios within OneNote Class Notebook are quite similar to the ones used in EUfolio and ATS2020, her blogpost is almost a perfect guideline how work with Office 365/OneNote Class notebook could look like for ATS2020 pilot classes. She illustrates her work with graphics - and thus makes everyone eager to start trying out her/his own teaching and learning experience with OneNote Class Notebook!
Introductory lesson for students on the use of Office 365 and the ATS2020 project
At the ATS2020 resources portal, a presentation and an instruction sheet give a suggestion on how to introduce students to the ATS2020 project and the Offie 365 learning environment. The lesson aims at introducing students to the project and its key elements, to explain their role and general tasks, to introduce the Office 365 environment. This is done through tasks/activities basing on the ATS2020 learning model (My learning journal, creating an ePortfolio).
The teacher can use the presentation as a tool for his/her lesson or use the ideas for a different approach using different tools (eg OneNote Class Notebook, worksheets etc.)
WA "ATS2020 Learning Environments"
The Working Activity (WA) "ATS2020 Learning environments" gives you a good insight into the ATS2020 tools and technology plan at the beginning of the project and a range of further links for working with both Office 365/OneNote Classbook and Mahara.
The old cover letter
E-Portfolio pages should be introduced by a cover letter. I drafted this one in February 2016 and refreshed the content a couple of times. As I find it outdated, again, I redrafted the description of this page to serve as a cover letter. Out of a sentimental feeling, I keep this cover letter, as well. (Andrea Ghoneim, 2017-07-27)
Dear trainers, partners, users,
the first Mahara guides of this collection were still made for the "old" Mahara (mahara.eufolio.eu), so some operations described below might look a little different. I hope, however, the pdf guides are still helpful for you to set up your own training material.
In addition to the pdf guides, you can find recordings of webinars which were held on the basis of some of these guides. Furthermore, you can find screencasts. Please scroll down for the newest resource ("Assessment with Mahara").
Please do not hesitate to post in the Trainer Online Forum or to contact Andrea Ghoneim if you want guidance material for any type of activities within Mahara. If you would like to have the slide presentations which are the basis for the pdf guides, I am also happy to share them with you.
And, of course, I can always offer additional webinars on request :-)
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.