What is Mahara?
Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework, being adopted in both academic and workplace environments.
Mahara is two things: an e-portfolio and social networking system combined. Mahara was designed by educators alongside open source experts.
An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks.
Mahara benefits users with a structured way of recording their experiences and work history; all while being able to interact with others via social networking.
–K12 Students and staff can use an e-portfolio to demonstrate their learning, skills and development and record their achievements over time to a selected audience. Students can record “evidences of lifelong learning” – such as essays, artwork or other such things they produce that can be stored digitally.
– Universities may choose to use Mahara as a reflective learning platform for all of their students following a variety of types of learning programs.
–Businesses & Organizations can use Mahara as a way for its members to communicate and share their knowledge and ideas among members.
-Mahara includes a resumé builder which allows users to create digital CV’s by entering information into a variety of optional fields.
Learners who have used e-portfolios report having a greater awareness of their skills, greater confidence in their abilities, and feeling more independent as learners. E-portfolios are becoming popular globally as a tool to enhance learning, record achievements and assist with personal career development.