As day one of the Moot draws to a close, I thought I’d comment on the length of the sessions, which have come in for a little flak in the backchannel discussions about being too short. Fair enough that some have found them too short, but I thought I’d explain the thinking behind it here in a short post.
Last time I posted about assessment in Mahara it was using Mahara’s somewhat limited capacity to act as an assessment tool. I got no problem with this, since I agree that things like a Gradebook really belong in an LMS rather than in an ePortfolio, collaboration and social networking tool like Mahara.
But what if you need to do a more formal assessment in an LMS like Moodle?
A single sign-on integration between Moodle and Mahara is nothing new, and has already provided a basic integration between the two systems, but there has never been a neat way for students to submit a selection of work from their ePortfolio into Moodle for assessment beyond copying and pasting links between the two systems…
One of the least understood things in Mahara is the potential for using groups as an assessment mechanism. I think this is because of two reasons:
- The documentation about this feature on mahara.org is not great, something I’ll rectify shortly after making this post (if I can stay awake), and
- Those who sign up for a free demo Mahara account anywhere won’t get to see the feature, as you need an Admin user to set up the special group types that can be used for assessment.
For a while its struck me as a shame that this is the case as I think it is one of Mahara’s better kept secrets, so I have finally gotten around to putting together a presentation on how it all works, why you should care and what would make it better in future.