An electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and can be maintained dynamically over time.
An e-portfolio can be seen as a type of learning record that provides actual evidence of achievement. Learning records are closely related to the Learning Plan, an emerging tool that is being used to manage learning by individuals, teams, communities of interest, and organizations.
E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs.
Our ePortfolio system is a fully featured electronic portfolio with social networking features to create online learning communities. Our architecture is based on the Mahara open source e-portfolio, weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
Mahara is designed to provide users with the tools to demonstrate their life-long learning, skills and development over time to selected audiences.
Mahara means 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Maori. The software is provided freely as Open Source (under the GNU General Public License). Because it is open source software, other organisations are welcome to contribute to the software's evolution. The system is modular in design to maximise flexibility and extensibility.
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