Key Speakers

Thinking outside the box


16 April 2015

University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide


2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup Presenters will be:

Key note speakers – Dominique-Alain Jan, Lausanne University – “The virtuous triangle – how to make OpenBadges, Mahara and Moodle work together for a better curriculum design”

This keynote will present a case study based on a recent project Dominique-Alain Jan has initiated with the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Fribourg (Switzerland). He will explain how a simple paradigm shift can be the key to success when embedding ePortfolios in the curriculum. He will then discuss the main issues around starting this project; how they were overcome by using Open Badges to scaffold a good Moodle course design; and how a central place is given to Mahara to foster students’ participation and a deep learning approach.

Drawing on the presenter’s lengthy experience with ePortfolios and eLearning, the case study will be compared with other experiences to illustrate how Mahara and Moodle can become a successful partnership in your institution.

Dominique-Alain Jan Dominique Alain Jan Photo-smileis the Director of ICT and a teacher of Economics at the Gymnase de Nyon – a further education college in Canton de Vaud (Switzerland). Since 2007, he has been lecturing on new technology and e-Learning methodology, encompassing Moodle and Mahara, at the Lausanne University for Teacher Education. In 2009 he worked at the Australian National University to contribute to the design, development and implementation of an ePortfolio system. Dominique-Alain is involved in Mahara/Moodle as the official leader of the francophone users community for Mahara and with the status of ‘very helpful user’ in Moodle. His expertise in ePortfolio and eLearning enables him to travel for conferences and consulting in Australia, New-Zealand, France, Morocco, Switzerland, and UK.

Open Speaker: Yuliya Bozhko, TotaraLMS – “Let’s Get Social”

With 70% of learning taking place in real-life on-the-job experience, it is very important for organisations to ensure that that their learning environment supports informal and social learning activities. The idea of Totara Social came about as designing a learning platform for such social activities to complement 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.

Totara Social was released earlier 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 3Yuliya Bozhko is a team lead on the Totara Social project. Yuliya joined Totara after completing PhD thesis on the topic of lifelong learning and ePortfolios at Massey University, New Zealand in 2012. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2009, Yuliya worked in a large outsourcing software development company while studying for her CS Master Degree in Ukraine. Earlier in her career, Yuliya was involved in TEMPUS Joint European Projects and eFolio (NaUKMA) students learning portal development. Currently, Yuliya is a Moodle and Mahara contributor and a Moodle Badges component lead.

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