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Moodle-Mahara Meetup will showcase diverse ways to support learning and development

In a world with many challenges and constant changes, we need people who are flexible, resilient, collaborative and innovative.

CC-BY Image: Social Network in a Course by Hans Põldoja

CC-BY Image: Social Network in a Course by Hans Põldoja

These skills and attributes are developed when people are supported through on-going professional learning and education to reshape themselves for the constant demands at hand.  This is seeing a change in the way education and training is being designed, developed and delivered to reflect modern workplace and community needs.

To support this change, presenters of the 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup (#MMMup) will showcase and share how they encompass the online learning ecosystem of Moodle learning management system and Mahara eportfolio system, coupled with:

  • the use of open badges to represent a large variety of learning experiences
  • technical innovations which allow people to capture their learning on the go using mobile devices, and
  • systems which help shape and record the 70 20 10 model of learning

to support the fluid and on-going experiences people encounter in life-long and life-wide learning.

Dominique Alain Jan Photo-smileJoin Dominique-Alain Jan from Switzerland, MMMup’s Keynote, as he shares how a simple paradigm shift can be the key to success when embedding the use of eportfolios and open badges in the curriculum.  Listen to Yuliya Bozhko from New Zealand, MMMup’s Opening Speaker, share how formal learning is becoming more social.

Through these and other diverse presentations, workshops, facilitated conversations and group activities, MMMup participants will find new and exciting ways of supporting their learners manage their own learning, so they can thrive and survive in our dynamic world.

MMMup will be held on 16 April 2015 at University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide.  The MMMup program is now available. Registrations are now open.

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“Let’s get social with our learning” – states Moodle-Mahara Meetup Opening Speaker

With 70% of learning taking place in real-life on-the-job experience, it is very important for organisations to ensure that that their corporate learning environment supports informal and social learning activities.  With this in mind, the idea of Totara Social came about.

Totara Social is a burgeoning learning totara-user-group-may-2014-splatform that lets you get social with your learning, and this is what Yuliya Bozhko, team lead on the Totara Social project, will share when she presents at the 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup (#MMMup).

Totara Social complements TotaraLMS (a Moodle-based learning management system for organisations) with its workplace training focus.

Being built on Mahara ePortfolio system, which already has some powerful tools for creating and sharing content as well as integration layer with Moodle/Totara LMS, the Totara Social project aims at improving and adding various elements of social networking to the platform to better support social learning.

Totara Social was released in September 2014 and is currently being successfully trialed by the Totara Partner Network. While early feedback is quite promising, it is still a very young platform with a lot of improvements underway.

Massey University graduation - Maori Grads Ceremony 3Join Yuliya at the 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup on 16 April 2015 at University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide to hear about how this powerful social learning total is supporting the 70 20 10 organisational learning model.

Call for proposals to present or facilitate a workshop close on 2 February 2015.

“2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup” will also be followed by an “Australian Mahara Users Group – Do we need one? Coffee Meeting” on the morning of Friday 17 April in Adelaide.  Click here if you would like to know more about this coffee meeting and/or register to attend.


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2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup – Save the date and call for proposals

2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup will be held on 16 April 2015 at the University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide.

Why attend Moodle-Mahara Meetup?

2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup (#MMMup) will help usthink outside the box when using open source software systems: Moodle learning mancropped-moodle-mahara-meetup-banner.jpgagement system and Mahara eportfolio system in education and training.

Keynote presentations and case studies through posters, short presentations, workshops and panel sessions will enable a variety of perspectives to be shared from Australia and beyond.

2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup aims to help educators, educational designers, and learning and development managers think out of the box through better integration of Moodle and Mahara or Mahoodle.

Other Mahoodle integrations which support effective online learning and assessment, such as Open Badges, learning analytics, and the Experience API (xAPI), will also be discussed.

This includes the showcasing of the new ‘ExperienceUp’ mobile app which will be released in 2015. ExperienceUp, an open sourced mobile app, is the next generation of the PortfolioUp mobile app. This free mobile app will allow iOS mobile device users to upload images and video to their Mahara account.


Pledge to support the development of ExperienceUp 

You can help contribute to the development of this app by contributing to the Pozible crowdfunding happening at the moment. The developers,, only need another $AUS3,000+ to reach their $AUS16,000 target – so do your bit and pledge anywhere between $2 and $2,500 now.

Do we need an AMUG?

Open source software systems like Moodle and Mahara require the input and support of their users. The original Mahara User Group (MUG) was established by a group of people from New York State Institutions looking to improve Mahara for their users.  Other such groups have now been established in Europe and New Zealand, so this leads to the question – do we need an Australian Mahara User Group (AMUG)?

To test this out, interested folk are also invited to attend an AMUG meeting on 17 April (following MMMup) from 10.00 am to 12 noon (ACST).  The venue is yet to be confirmed.

What should you do now?

Consider sharing your Mahoodle experiences by presenting a poster, doing a presentation or facilitating a workshop by submitting a proposal now.  Call for proposals closes on 2 February 2015.

Add these dates to your diary, and share this information with your network

  • 16 April 2015 – Moodle-Mahara Meetup
  • 17 April 2015 – Australian Mahara User Group – what’s possible

Registrations to attend this event will open shortly.

Please let us know if you would be interested in being on the Organising Group for this event by emailing

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For further information contact Allison Miller: 0400 732 270, email:

Moodle-Mahara Meetup – Join the virtual presentations + more

Join us for the virtual presentations of the Moodle-Mahara Meetup this Wednesday 8 May in Adelaide, South Australia which will be ‘beamed out live’:

  • 11.00 am (SA Time) – Thorsten Gross – Converging the world of learning with Mahoodle – Exemplars from schools in Germany.
  • 11.25 am (SA Time) – Pascale Hyboud-Peron – Kia mahara ki a Mahara – MyPortfolio in New Zealand schools, a trainer’s perspective.
  • 11.50 am (SA Time) – Natalie Denmeade – An investigation into the use of Mahara and mobile devices to support anywhere, anytime learning.

Join the live presentations in BlackBoard Collaborate at:  You can check into this virtual space from 10.30 am South Australian time.

See here for the full Moodle-Mahara Meetup program.

Other Moodle-Mahara Meetup News:

  • Also, you can also participate in the ‘flipped classroom’ segment from Shane Neussler who is inviting online participation via a GoogleDoc before, during and after his workshop on “Exploring a Mahoodle Integration”: take a look here
  • You can also register for the new free MOOC on Designing eLearning using Mahoodle called deMOOC. deMOOC will be launched at the Moodle-Mahara Meetup.   deMOOC is the collaborative effort of a national team of designers exploring how Moodle and Mahara can be used as the platform for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Just visit the deMOOC Community where learners are gathering already and join in for the ‘unexpected journey’!

Want to know more about Moodle-Mahara or Mahoodle
Watch Kristina Hoeppner’s recent “Moodle and Mahara take off together” presentation at the Moodle-Moot New Zealand.

Event hashtag: #MMMup

Moodle-Mahara Meetup Full Program now available!

An impressive line-up of international and local presenters can be found in the full program of the inaugural Moodle-Mahara Meetup (#MMMup) to be held in Adelaide on 8 May.

Educators, Learning & Development Managers and ICT Professionals will learn from and interact with some of the most highly regarded Moodle-Mahara (also known as Mahoodle) experts in our region.

The program includes an excellent variety of main presentations, break-out sessions and workshops, as well as networking opportunities designed to enable delegates to share ideas and experiences with industry specialists and other event participants.

Some of the event topics include:

  • What’s the latest with Moodle and Mahara
  • Learning Analytics: Using Moodle and Mahara to driving learner success
  • Open Badges: Moodle as the issuer – Mahara as the receiver
  • Gahoodle = Moodle-Mahara + Google Apps
  • Moodle-Mahara Mobile for assessing on the go
  • Using Mahoodle for MOOCs and CPD
  • Undertake a Mahoodle Design Challenge

Keynote speakers, Tracy Willis and Andrew King from the Box Hill Institute will share their experience using the data or learning/learner analytics from Moodle and Mahara to improve learning outcomes and course completions.

Closing plenary speaker, Richard Wyles from Totara will share his experiences leading a Mozilla Foundation inspired project aimed at implementing the open badges framework in Moodle, Mahara, and TotaraLMS.

View the full program here:

Download the event flyer here:

Register now to avoid the disappointment of missing out on this exciting new event:

Event details:
Date: Wednesday 8 May 2013
Time: 8.30am-4.30pm
Venue: Rydges South Park, 1 South Terrace Adelaide
Cost: $240.00 incl GST

Event hashtag: #MMMup

For further information about this event, contact Allison Miller: 0400 732 270, email:


More information:

“Moodle-Mahara Meetup” is as not-for-profit event which aims to raise the profile of the connection between Moodle and Mahara, also known as Mahoodle, to lower the barriers of online learning.

Key speakers announced for 2013 Moodle-Mahara Meetup

The key speakers for the inaugural Moodle-Mahara Meetup (MMMup), to be held in Adelaide on 8 May 2013 at the Rydges Southpark, have been announced.

This not-for-profit event will showcase the ways which Moodle and Mahara, also known as Mahoodle, are lowering the barriers to online learning through better integration and user experience.

The 2013 Moodle-Mahara Meetup Key Speaker line-up includes:

Kim Edgar, Netspot Mmmm … Moodle, Mahara, Mahoodle … what’s the latest?

  • There has been a lot of discussion about the Moodle-Mahara integration since Moodle 2.3 was released in mid-2012, and Kim will share what progress has been made and how Mahara works with Moodle 2.3… and into the future.

Tracy Willis & Andrew King, Box Hill InstituteDriving Learning Success – Moodle, Mahara and Learning Analytics

  • Tracy and Andrew will showcase the way Box Hill Institute is using Moodle and Mahara to drive learner success through learning analytics.

Richard Wyles, TotaraMoodle, Mahara and Open Badges

  • Richard will demonstrate the progress of an exciting key technology-focused project funded by Mozilla Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Hastac which aims to implement the open badges framework in Moodle, Mahara, and TotaraLMS.

Trudy Stoddard, Tabor Adelaide Gahoodle – The whole package – integrating Moodle, Mahara and Google Apps

  • Trudy will showcase how Tabor Adelaide is utilising Moodle, Mahara and Google Apps (or Gahoodle) to support their learning programs.

Proposals to present or facilitate a workshop at 2013 Moodle-Mahara Meetup close on Monday 18 March 2013.

Moodle-Mahara Meetup Registrations are now opened.

Event hashtag: #MMMup

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This event is provided with in-kind support from, CoachCarole.Net, Skills for Growing, and Vanguard Visions Consulting.

For further information about this event, contact Allison Miller: 0400 732 270, email:

2013 Moodle-Mahara Meetup – Call for Proposals

The 2013 Moodle-Mahara Meetup, being held on 8 May in Adelaide, is calling for proposals to present based on the theme ‘Lowering the barriers to building capability’.

The event will showcase how Moodle and Mahara is lowering the barriers to online learning through better integration, also known as Mahoodle.

Educators, educational designers, learning and development managers, technical support and researchers interested in raising the profile of the connection between Moodle and Mahara are being invited to submit abstracts to:

  • Present a 20 min session
  • Facilitate a workshop (45 mins) and/or
  • Do a Poster

Abstract submissions close 18 March 2013 and should relate to one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • Learning on the go – Anytime, Anywhere
  • Connecting the learning between Moodle and Mahara
  • Supporting inclusive learning and networks
  • Interoperability between Moodle-Mahara and other devices
  • Leading the future

Proposals that do not fall under these sub-themes may also be submitted but should justify how the proposal complements the event theme.

Submit propopsals now.

Moodle-Mahara Meetup Registrations are now opened.

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This event is supported by the, CoachCarole.Net, and Vanguard Visions Consulting.