Kineo Pacific is the project leader on the Mahara open source e-portfolio project, and work closely with open source gurus, Catalyst IT, to guide its ongoing development. Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with the ability to display learning evidence in a number of different ways, depending on the needs of the learner or practitioner.
What is an e-portfolio?
An e-portfolio is a learner-driven collection of digital content demonstrating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning. E-portfolios provide learners with a structured way of recording their learning experiences and work history.
What does Mahara do?
Mahara includes many features to support a range of e-portfolios and the creation of online learner communities;
Why use an e-portfolio?
E-portfolios can be customised and personalised into a one-stop-shop to demonstrate skills and experiences to teachers, trainers, peers and employers. Learners who have used e-portfolios report having a greater awareness of their skills, greater confidence in their abilities, and feeling more independent as learners. E-portfolios are becoming popular globally as a tool to enhance learning, record achievements and assist with personal career development.
The process of creating an e-portfolio can assist learners and employees to:
Skills development and e-portfolios
Our ability to build a competitive workforce depends on being able to apply a range of work-ready skills. The creation of an e-portfolio encourages learners and employees to consider their training and experiences in a broader career development context.
E-portfolios can assist with a range of activities, including:
Recruitment and appraisal processes
E-portfolios can enhance the quality of job or promotion applications, and streamline the recruitment and candidate appraisal processes.
Training needs and career planning
An e-portfolio can assist in the identification of skill gaps and training needs, enabling targeted employee development plans and more efficient use of training budgets.
Most career services and e-portfolio practice share the same goal; presenting evidence of skills, reflecting on experiences and planning for future career opportunities.
Continuing professional development
A growing number of professional associations are using e-portfolios to provide evidence of attaining professional standards. For example, it is becoming popular for teaching and nursing practitioners to provide evidence of their experiences and reflective self-assessment to gain registration using an e-portfolio.
RPL (recognition of prior learning)
The process of collecting evidence of learner and employee achievements for formal RPL documentation can be streamlined and made more efficient through the use of e-portfolios.