As an online portfolio, Mahara is a place to store institutional and personal learning articles or ‘artefacts’. Students can use these artefacts to demonstrate their development over time to various audiences including prospective universities and future employers.
Mahara also provides a comprehensive blogging tool, social networking and a CV builder. Users have their own personalised profiles which they can use to add employment and education history, accreditations, achievements and goals.
Communities can be built within Mahara – users have the ability to connect with other users, create and maintain lists of friends. One of the features that differentiates Mahara from other ePortfolio systems is that users control which items and what information within their portfolio other users see.
For a short video introduction on Mahara click here
For a series of instructional videos on performing a variety of tasks in Mahara – visit my “How to guide…...” for Mahara