Workshop 3: E-Portfolios


The aims of this workshop are:

  •    To offer an overview of Mahara tools
  •    Demonstrate these and other types of e-portfolio tools using examples from the sector
  •    Offer hands on practice in using tools


Before attending this workshop you should have:

  •    contributed to the discussion forum ‘Reflections on Workshop 2’
  •    provided your feedback via the short survey on workshop 2
  •    completed the Baseline Questionnaire (academic staff only)

Programme and Workshop


Time Topic Delivery
10:00 – 10:10 Arrival, tea + coffee
10:10 – 10:15 Introduction and Housekeeping Jennifer Louden, CoGC
10:15 – 10:45h Practitioners’ Perspective: Use of Learning Assistant Steven Murray, coGC
10:45 – 13:00h Introduction to Mahara George Howie, CoGC
13:00 – 13:40h Lunch
13:40 – 14:10h An Awarding Body’s view of ePortfolios Christine Wood, SQA
14:10 – 14:40h Practitioners’ Perspective: Using Mahara for Online Logs and Guidance James Wilson, CoGC
14:40 – 14:50h Tea/coffee
14:50 – 15:30h Facilitated discussion on plans for redesigning assessment Christine Wood, SQA and John Casey, QMU
15:30h Close


An Awarding Body’s view of ePortfolios (pdf). Presentation by Christine Wood, SQA

Using Mahara for Online Logs and Guidance (pdf). Presentation by James Wilson, City of Glasgow College. All student names have been removed.

Creating Groups in Mahara (not available). Video created by Alan Moffat, New College Lanarkshire

Organising EV in Mahara (pdf). Created by Alan Moffat, New College Lanarkshire

SQA e-Portfolio Resources (web link)

Assessment Redesign Template (docx) (pdf) (doc)

EPortfolios and assessment (pdf). Stephen Bright, eLearning designer at the Waikato Centre for eLearning at University of Waikato, pondered the uses of Mahara for assessment purposes and shared his findings. They are to the point making them a great quick read for anyone interested in using ePortfolios, and in particular Mahara, for assessment purposes

Guide to Designing Effective Assessments (web link)

Written by the Learning Technologists at Southampton Solent University, this document aims to give the reader a better understanding of how they can use myPortfolio for assessment purposes taking into consideration the functionality of the system and the processes it can support and evidence.

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