Create. Share. Engage.

Create. Share. Engage.

Portfolios for learning and more brought to you by the Mahara team at Catalyst IT. Host Kristina Hoeppner talks with portfolio practitioners, researchers, learning designers, students, and others about their portfolio story.


March 14, 2023 31 min

Kate Mitchell, MEd, works at the University of Melbourne, Australia, as Learning Designer and co-founded TELedvisors, a community of practice for educational designers. In her role as Learning Designer, she is constantly exploring new ways of supporting learners and is iterating over her experiments. Most recently, she's been interested in deliberate and programmatic design for portfolios to integrate portfolios more into the c...

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Dr Christine Slade (University of Queensland) and Dr Kevin Kelly (San Francisco State University; Independent Consultant) explore the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and decolonisation (DEIBD) in portfolio practice, having been members on the AAEEBL Digital Ethics Task Force since 2019. They share their reasons for joining the task force, why DEIBD is important to them, and what learning designers, instructors,...

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Dr Sarah Zurhellen (Appalachian State University), Dr Megan Mize (Old Dominion University), and Dr Amy Cicchino (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) talk digital ethics in portfolio practice. The main focus is on the AAEEBL Digital Ethics in ePortfolios Principle 'Visibility of Labor', and how that impacts educators and students alike.

This is the first episode with members of the Digital Ethics Task Force.  The next one w...

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Edd Bolton, M.A., is Learning Technologist at Solent University in Southampton, UK. He's been working with portfolios for many years now, supporting students and academic in their practice. He's particularly interested in competency portfolios and how to integrate them into apprenticeship degrees to assist students progressing through university and gain the competencies they need for their future job.

Edd shares his practic...

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Ingrid D'Souza, MA, holds degrees in Midwifery and Education, and is currently an Educational Designer in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has extensive experience with portfolios, both in her own midwifery practice and supporting students and faculty in higher education.

In this interview, Ingrid shares her portfolio journey, how versatile portfolios are, from assessment to employability...

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January 11, 2023 32 min

Maia Miller, BA Honours, is the Accessibility Services Manager at Catalyst IT, where she works with clients and our own teams to train them in web accessibility practices in all stages of the software development life cycle and content creation via various training programmes, peer reviews, and audits.

In this episode we talk about the importance of web accessibility, how you can make media content available accessibly so that it...

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Bas Bakker, MScBA, is an independent learning designer, working for different Dutch institutions of higher education. He has a long history of supporting and using Mahara for learning and assessment, but also has experiences with other portfolio platforms.

In this episode, Bas shares his views on how his marketing  background helps him as learning designer, how portfolios can be better integrated at organisations, and where portfoli...

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Dr Mandia Mentis and Dr Wendy Holley-Boen work in the Institute of Education at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand. They have been using portfolios in their teaching for more than 20 years, appreciating the affordances that the pedagogy and technology have in terms of personalising the learning for their students and giving students the chance to bring in their authentic selves.

In this episode, Mandia and Wendy talk about th...

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Christine Dülfer (OStR'in; Dipl.-Hdl'in) is a Business Administration and English teacher at Berufliche Schulen des Landkreises Waldeck-Frankenberg in Korbach und Bad Arolsen, which are vocational schools in Germany, and a team leader at the Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie in the media department (Dezernat Medien II.3, SG II.3-3 Fortbildung), responsible for Moodle trainers. Christine has been supporting students for over 10 y...

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Sam Taylor (PGCert, FHEA, CMALT) has been supporting portfolio practice as learning designer since 2008 at higher education institutions in the UK and since 2018 as eLearning consultant at Catalyst IT Europe. She's worked with a diverse range of students, lecturers, and staff giving her insight into many different portfolio practices.

In this episode, Sam shares a number of her stories that illustrate how flexibly portfolios bui...

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Teresa MacKinnon, MA, has been a language educator for many years, incorporating portfolios into language learning at University of Warwick, and is a scholar working in the field of open educational resources, open access, and open recognition, amongst many other interests of her that she continues to follow in retirement.

In her interview Teresa talks about her work with portfolios, her own professional portfolio journey, and how s...

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Dr Misty Kirby is an academic and practitioner with university and school experience, creating portfolios herself and with her students. Misty shares her thoughts on how portfolios can support eProfessionalism in both academics and students. She explains what was behind the idea of SmartEvidence for her and why it's an important feature in Mahara.

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    Dr Orna Farrell is a researcher at Dublin City University whose portfolio history goes back to 2008. Since then she's taught courses using portfolios and conducted numerous studies involving portfolios. Her interests lie in supporting learners and lecturers alike, also using open education strategies.

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    Until recently, Lisa Donaldson, MSc, worked at Dublin City University in Ireland in the Teaching Enhancement Unit. There she was responsible for Loop Reflect, DCU's ePortfolio platform based on Mahara. In our conversation, Lisa shares how everything started at DCU, and what some of the important steps were that the University took to grow its portfolio initiative.

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    September 13, 2022 2 min

    'Create. Share. Engage.' is a podcast about portfolios for learning and more for educators, learning designers, and managers keen on integrating portfolios with their education and professional development practices.

    This new podcast is all about sharing portfolio stories from around the world. The first episode will air on Wednesday, 28 September 2022. You'll hear from Lisa Donaldson about her portfolio journey and qui...

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