By Domi C Sinclair, on 1 March 2013
April will see the 8th annual Plymouth Enhanced Learning conference, also known as PELeCON. There will be many exciting talks and demonstrations, apparently past events have seen school children demonstrating robots they’ve built! Perhaps then this news is rather anticlimactic, but UCL E-Learning Environments (ELE) team member and Learning Technologist, Domi Sinclair (me!) will be presenting a joint paper with Samantha Moss of Southampton Solent University (SSU). The theme of the presentation is Mahara, with UCL still very much at the start of its journey and SSU looking towards the future, and a re-design of their Mahara interface. It would be great if UCL could demonstrate some examples of how MyPortfolio (this is the name of UCL’s Mahara installation) is being used. So if you have an example then please let the ELE team know.
Early bird discounted tickets are still available for PELeCON from the website http://www.pelecon.co.uk/
In the meantime, if you would like to look at the abstract that was submitted then here it is:
Combining Mahara and social networking for personal development – Domi Sinclair and Samantha Moss
Employability is a buzz word in education, particularly higher education. Developing your personal branding can be a key way of controlling the information employers find if they search for you online. One way of doing this is by using an e-portfolio system, such as Mahara, in combination with social media tools like Twitter and LinkedIn. These tools can also be useful in reflective practice for personal and professional development.
Both Samantha Moss (Southampton Solent University) and Domi Sinclair (University College London) have been promoting the use of Mahara e-portfolios in conjunction with social media tools for the enhancement of professional skills and personal brand development. This presentation looks at the journey, from implementation through to reflecting on case studies of use.
University College London is at the start of its journey into using both Mahara and social media. Domi will present on the struggles experienced in establishing these systems, and offer advice on how they are navigating them. She will show case studies of where they are making progress and will conclude by discussing the next steps for implementation.
Southampton Solent University has been using Mahara for a while and is starting to see success in its use. They have now started to promote social media tools as well, and are getting positive feedback. Samantha will offer case studies on the use of Mahara and social media, including staff and students reflections on the projects.