Mahara Digital Guidebook

9. FAQ

In this area, we will cover some common questions that may have or may not have been covered in the previous chapters.

Q. Once we complete our studies at Tabor, do we still have access to our Mahara ePortfolio?
A. Yes. - once you graduate, your access to Tabor Online will still be valid where you will be able to access Mahara and Gmail.

Q. I know how to create a new page, am I able to copy an existing page?
A. Yes - there are multiple reasons why you would want to copy an existing page (ie to use the same page in a new collection or to save you time creating an additional page that has similar content and layout). To copy a page, under Portfolio > Pages and Collection, instead of + Add, you click on Copy. This will allow you to do a search for an existing page or collection to copy.

Q. Once I submit my Mahara assignment, am I able to make any changes to it?
A. When your Mahara assignment is submitted in Tabor Online, it is locked for further editing. Only when your teacher has graded it, will it become unlocked to allow further edits.

Q. Can anyone see my Mahara Portfolio while I am creating it?
A. No, whilst you are building your pages or collection, your Mahara portfolio is viewable by yourself only. Only once your share it to your desired viewer (ie your teacher or fellow class members), then it will available to them.

Q. This takes me to my next question, can I share this to someone outside of Tabor for reasons such as a job application?
A. Yes, under Portfolio> Pages and Collection, if you click on the padlock icon associated to your page or collection, and select Manage Access. This area will allow you to create a Secret URL. You can copy and paste this URL and share. Anyone with this URL will be able to view your Mahara Portfolio. The benefits with this URL is that you can email it to someone, place it in your email signature to help promote yourself, link it to different Social Media platforms to allow your network of friends to view it etc. The video below will instruct you on how to do this.

Q. How much allocated space is provided for our file uploads to Mahara?
A. Each user is given 500mB. This may not sound like much but the items we embed to our Mahara pages should not take up too much space. Videos and audios are not uploaded to Mahara directly. We grab the video or audio links from sites such as YouTube and this method saves us lots of space. Word documents and PDFs don't take up much space and images can be cropped or compressed (have its quality reduced) before being uploaded.

If you require more space, please let us know and we will facilitate that for you.