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H808 – Understanding eportfolio software (Core activity 3.1 – part 1)

October 12, 2010

I am going to compare Mahara eportfolio with Google apps, respectively the countless other options that Google offers, e.g. Google sites, pages, docs presentation …

Alone Google would require almost a whole course to explore the full potential, its like a mycelium, and it grows and grows and grows.

Until recently I simply used Google search to find information, sometimes Google scholar, though I prefered to use the regular google search or use the OU library, because some articles require fees. I got to know google docs during H800 were we used it to create mutual documents and one student introduced me to Google Wave which has a real great potential, but unfortunately our wave ebbed away, so to say. One reason was that you require an invitation and each user can just invite 8 person. Thus people are quite reluctant to invite other people and the community is still small. Another reason because we did not really make great use of Google wave, was that we were introduced to a plethora of tools and services, and forum contributions were graded, so people concentrated on the essential tools. But Google wave is really cool 😛  Update: Anyone can use Google wave now, no invitation required. With my Googlemail account, there was just a small step to Google Reader which I really appreciate, because all the posts from different sites and blogs come to my account, which is really handy and time-saving. Going through the material for Google apps I just found that there is a lot more to explore, more than I can explore tonight. Though Google has much to offer and still more to explore do I not really link Google with a portfolio system, at least not right now.

Contrary,  Mahara is a well-known eportfolio, compatible with Moodle and it is open source software.  It’s a modular system which allows different views of an e-portfolio and it also features according to Mahara ‘a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities’. Mahara, means ‘think’ or ‘thought’ – quite appropriate for H808 and all the reflective writing we have to do here 😉

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