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October 2019 – H5P, Moodlemoot, KiwiMUG

25/08/2019 Leave a comment

The 1st to 4th October are going to be a wealth of professional development this year, so mark your calendars!

HRDNZ is organising H5P workshops and Moodlemoot from Tuesday 1st October to Thursday 3rd October with Unitec as host venue in Auckland.

Tuesday 1st October is dedicated to H5P. If you are not aware of H5P, think of it as a highly interactive activity – many people use it instead of Flash now.
H5P integrates into Moodle via a plugin, and allows teachers to create, share, and reuse high quality, engaging, and interactive activities and resources.
It has a real “wow” factor for learners.
We have two parallel H5P workshops – one for people completely new to H5P, and one for those already using it.

Wednesday 2nd October is our Moodle community day, with keynotes and break-out sessions for teachers, administrator, managers,, etc. We have a number of great speakers and presenters already confirmed.

Thursday 3rd October has a selection of half day Moodle workshops – really focussing on practical skills and knowledge building. I will be running some workshops, so hope to see you there.

Registration for these event is open and there is a 20% EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT in place until the END OF AUGUST. The “call for presentations” is open – and we would love you to come along and share something with the Moodle community !

You can access all the event details at: https://www.moodlemoot.co.nz

Friday 5 October is the free event known as Kiwi Mahara User Group and will be hosted at Waitakere hospital. https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/kiwi-mug-mahara-user-group-tickets-55302427048
I will probably be sharing what we have been doing at Waitematā District Health Board with Mahara.

Please help spread the word about these development and networking opportunities.

ePortfolios

05/12/2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve been wondering what ePortfolios are all about and whether it’s the right time for you to start your own portfolio, then this blog post is for you.

Many of us still visualise portfolios as large folders that an artist carries their drawings in.

An ePortfolio is an electronic collection of evidence that showcase an individual’s skills, qualities, achievements and capabilities. The pieces of evidence are often referred to as “artefacts” and can include documents, audio and video files, as well as images. The evidence collected might include assessments, activities and achievements, plans and goals, feedback, and reflections. Dare I say it, an ePortfolio could be used as a repository.

Where ePortfolios come into their own, is when they are used as a working space, with snapshots that help the individual, mentors, and relevant contributors of feedback. Using ePortfolios is now considered a valid approach to providing structured support to teaching and learning.

There are various ePortfolio tools available, paid and free. There is a current fashion for encouraging the establishment of ePortfolios for students to evidence learning, and in some cases this has lead institutes to either provide a portfolio website to students or to make recommendations on external websites to use.

ePortfolios can be collaborative, rather than an individual’s artefacts. Many ePortfolio tools provide methods for interaction and communication between contributors or assessors.

Some ePortfolio tools provide the user with the ability to create “views” for different audiences, allowing the user to have a public view, a mentor view, an assessment view, a potential employer view, etc. This creates safe environments for the user to utilise their ePortfolio as a reflective honest learning space, whilst not compromising the use of their ePortfolio for demonstration of current competency.

Teachers’ professional ePortfolios

Teachers should be encouraged to have a professional ePortfolio as a development and reflection tool. It gives teachers a framework to model good practice to the students.

What happens in NZ?

The Ministry of Education in New Zealand is providing the MyPortfolio School website free to schools until at least 2013. Some tertiary institutes used the shared MyPortfolio Tertiary website for continuing student portfolios into higher education. Both of these websites use the open source Mahara portfolio software.

What tools?

Some of the tools being used for ePortfolios are:

If you have found this blog post sparking an interest in learning more about ePortfolios, you might want to read some of these articles and resources:

Moodle 2 setup

01/03/2011 1 comment

Last night we setup Moodle and Mahara integration on tabitha.net.nz (single sign on, auto creates accounts on mahara from moodle), google docs and flickr repositories, and had a bit more of a play. We also did the update to 2.0.2 while we were in Moodle mode.

The Google docs, Picasa, Youtube and Wikimedia repositories were easy to setup, but it took a bit longer to get Flickr working (had to get the callback settings right).

To setup the Mahara integration we used instructions that we found on the Mahara wiki called Mahoodle. If you follow the instructions make sure you don’t skip ahead! There were quite a lot of steps and it took a while but we got there eventually. Playing with all of these now I am so glad we got it all setup, they are great! It is much easier to put images in if you can use the repositories.

This week I am going to be showing quite a few people some of the features of Moodle 2 so this setup is “just in time”.

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