Intro to the interface

Mahara is a multi-purpose platform that can perform many tasks, and therefore can be quite tricky to navigate the first time round. It's worth remembering that you can always find your way back to the starting screen (Dashboard) by selecting the Cranfield Mahara logo.

There are three main areas: Create (where you store all your digital assets), Share (where you display your work and choose who has access to it), and Engage (where you can create private or public spaces for online discussion and collaboration).  Manage is the area for exporting your portfolios before your complete your studies so you can take them with you.

You access all these areas via the Hamburger Menu in the top-right of your screen:

Dashboard:

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Think of your Dashboard as your control panel. Here you can access pretty much any part of your ePortfolio in one click, plus you can see what's been going on on any pages you are interested in.

  • Find out more about the Dashboard in the Mahara Wiki >

Create:

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Think of the Create area as your storage cupboard. You house your artefacts and data in there for use elsewhere. Here you can create your portfolios (Pages, or groups of Pages called Collections), update your CV information, record thoughts and reflections in journals, store files, create plans, and record CPD activities.

Everything you place in your Create area is private by default. It will only be visible when you share it via the Share area.

Share:

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The Share area is used to present your artefacts that are stored in your Create area.  This is where you can choose what access you'd like to give your Pages/Collections and see what has been shared with you by other Mahara users.

Engage:

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The Engage area is where you can access study groups that have been set-up for you as part of your module. You also have the power to create your own study or special interest group that could be closed or open for new members.

Manage:

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The Manage area is where you can upload an existing portfolio e.g. that you created at a previous institution or download your portfolios from Cranfield Mahara.  Take your portfolio with you wherever you go.

 

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Mahara basics:

What is Mahara?

What is Mahara?

Mahara as a Learning Portfolio

Mahara as a Learning Portfolio

Navigating Mahara

Pages in Mahara

Pages in Mahara

Collections of your work

Collections of your work

Your Profile page

Your Profile page

Presenting your evidence

Presenting your evidence

Reflective Journals

Reflective Journals

Mobile Mahara

Mobile Mahara

Online Study Groups

Online Study Groups

Sharing and Publishing your work

Sharing and Publishing your work

Have a go!