Overview of Mahara

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What is Mahara? Mahara is a fully featured web application to build your digital portfolio. You can create journals, upload files, embed social media resources from the web and collaborate with other users in groups.

How do I use it? Below is an overview of Mahara. For more information on specific functionality, refer to the table of contents on the left column in Moodle. Click on a specific functionality and get more information

Here are brief descriptions of the five Navigation Options from the Main Menu (three horizontal lines) found in upper right corner.

  1. DASHBOARD page is the place you land whenever you sign into Mahara. It is customizable, just like a Page you create. You are the only person who sees your Dashboard page. The default Dashboard page contains five blocks on the left side of the screen. See the list below:
    1. Find the latest version of improvements.
    2. The portfolio knowledgebase is the repository for help articles by topic.
    3. The portfolio Moodle course is what you are looking at right now. A book version with a table of content to help you with specific topics within Mahara.
    4. If you cannot find help in the above resources, the portfolio help desk takes you to the ITS website that contains the help desk telephone number, email, and the ability to Chat online with someone at the help desk.
    5. The portfolio templates is where Mahara templates for programs such as Art, Education, Health and Human Service can be accessed. If your instructor tells you to get a template for Mahara, it is most likely in this area or directions are available on how to perform the copy of the template.
  2. Create section is where you create and upload artifacts and create portfolios.
  3. Share section is where you share portfolios and view shared portfolios.
  4. Enagage section is where you can connect with friends and Groups created by you or other Mahara users within the PSU Community (students, faculty, administration, and alumni).
  5. Manage section is for exporting or importing your Mahara data into a HTML or Leap2A (Mahara) formats. Only the Leap2A format can be imported into a Mahara account.


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