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Mahara | UK09 – Innovation with e-Portfolios

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London, UK, Thursday, 25 June 2009:
The first European conference dedicated to Mahara, the leading open source e-Portfolio, will be held at the Institute of Education on July 15, 2009.

ULCC, the first UK Mahara partner, and Catalyst, one of the founders of Mahara, will bring together experts, practitioners and providers of learning and training to share their knowledge and best practise.

E-Portfolios give the learner control over so called artefacts (i.e. essays, images, blogs and hyperlinks to name a few) and allow them to demonstrate and record their achievements over time.

As David Drummond from Catalyst points out “e-Portfolios are rapidly gaining enthusiasm as an educational and CPD tool in Europe and this annual event will serve as a focal point and launching pad for taking utilisation of Mahara to the next level.  With this event we are concentrating not so much on the nitty gritty technology behind Mahara but on the question of what e-Portfolios can bring to education in general and looking at ways in which Mahara can be used effectively to accomplish a more personalised learning focus.”

ULCC’s strategic partnership with Mahara, officially announced at last year’s Moodle Wonderland, (link) comes from their exciting developments with the popular ‘Personalisation of Learning’ framework.   “Since 2006, we have been developing a framework for learning providers to implement personalisation strategies using open source software” says Philip Butler, Senior e-Learning Advisor at ULCC.  “Through partnering with Mahara we are able to be actively involved in placing e-Portfolios at the heart of learning whilst ensuring they will meet the needs of the UK education sector”.

The conference will kick-off with Lisa Grey, JISC Programme Manager discussing what e-Portfolios are good for, followed by David Drummond outlining the upcoming features and developments with the Mahara roadmap. Parallel workshops will cover topics ranging from “Mahara & professional development” to “Implementing e-Portfolios”, “e-Portfolios and presenting student work” and “Mahara and personalisation of learning”.

To take advantage of the early bird offer, book your place at Mahara UK09 by close of play Tuesday, 30th June at:


About ULCC

Established in 1968, University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) has evolved into a highly respected and innovative brand within the academic and not-for-profit sector.

Today, ULCC is dedicated to and passionate about its clients and its people. Through this dedication, we aim to offer leading edge IT solutions that empower our clients and drive change within the marketplace.

With a diverse range of customers from across the academic and public sectors, ULCC is now the largest UK hosting provider of fully managed and supported Virtual Learning Environments using the open source Moodle software.

For more information contact:     Frank Steiner on [email protected]


About Mahara

First established in mid 2006, the Mahara project started as collaborative venture funded by New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission’s e-learning Collaborative Development Fund (eCDF), involving Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Victoria University of Wellington.

For more information contact:     Don Christie on [email protected]

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