Mahoodle – ePortfolios on Moodle and Mahara

06 Aug

One of the most exciting prospects opened up by the use of digital technologies in the classroom is the prospect of being able to use digital portfolios, or ePortfolios, and to extend this idea as a principle of life-long learning. There is an Open Source Platform available, called Mahara.

What one would really wish from an e-portfolio system would be the ability to create a space where students could organise their work, and present it for assessment and review, by peers as well as teachers, to create a truly collaborative working environment. 

Moodle, as an LMS does very well, but is lacking in integrating the ability to create a truly student-driven e-portfolio system as opposed to class-based assignment submission system. Mahara appears to answer some of these needs. It allows for much greater student control over how content is organised, and offers more web 2.0 tools, such as much better blogs than are offered on Moodle.

Here is a video discussing how Mahara can be integrated into Moodle.

Mahara offers options which also allow the student to transfer their portfolio across to a account created when they leave school.

At my school we have set Mahara up, but not yet really explored how it works. It would be great to hear from others who has used Mahara, especially in conjunction with Moodle.


6 responses to “Mahoodle – ePortfolios on Moodle and Mahara

  1. Jonathan Rider

    October 10, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I am still a beginner with Moodle and have just started to integrate Mahara; I believe there is great potential. In response to Tom’s comment above – let us support open source software!
    Having discovered your blog, I will try to come back as you seem to be in a similar place philosophically. I am a semi-retired architect in BC and am teaching green building at two colleges – using moodle extensively. It has a long learning curve but seems to me to be well worth it.


  2. Steve Covello

    August 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    We at GraniteState College are about to deploy a Mahoodle instance, and we are addressing the same issue: How do you present Mahara to faculty (who will in turn present it to students) in a way that works for both student assessment (course and self assessments) and program evaluation? I am coordinating with Academic Affairs to develop the criteria to, in a sense, work backwards based on expectations. From there, we expect to present Mahara as a vehicle towards achieving both program and personal goals, and will build documentation on how to integrate Mahara into course activities, i.e. submitting final artifacts to Mahara, peer reviewing, instructor feedback, etc. There is some related literature at the International Journal of ePortfolio:


    • digiteacher

      September 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Thanks for that, Steve. I wish you all the best with the implementation of the programme, and look forward to hearing how it goes!


  3. Tom

    August 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Are you using it as a mini LMS or a genuine ePortfolio? If the latter how is better than say Windows Live Skydrive or even My Dropbox or Google Docs. Do you want ongoing interactivity in a Portfolio or is it primarily for summative assessment and an LMS for formative assessment?. By the way this is a great Blog!




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