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Mahara Hui follow-up and Mahara User Group

Mahara Hui Organizing Team
Mahara Hui follow-up and Mahara User Group
by Mahara Hui Organizers - Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 2:39 PM

Mahara Hui attendees,

We would like to thank everyone who filled in our feedback questionnaire after Mahara Hui. Almost half of you gave us feedback, which was very helpful to us.

In general, the conference feedback was very positive. We are happy to have provided a good setting for talking about ePortfolios and meeting other community members. A big thank you goes to the presenters, who did a fabulous job sharing their stories, and all attendees for participating in the discussions.

The feedback showed that a number of people would have liked the option of attending workshops / hands-on sessions and not just presentations. Attendees enjoyed the hack fest but suggested that we could have made its purpose clearer by having a stream for developers and one for users, thus structuring the event more.

The feedback reinforced that Mahara Hui was a valuable event for the New Zealand and Australian Mahara community. We are therefore in the process of planning next year's event. We are also planning to set up a Kiwi Mahara User Group (MUG) in the meantime, so that community members can exchange ideas and get together online or in person before the next Mahara Hui.

We invite you to fill in our short questionnaire if you are interested in participating in a MUG and would like to be kept up to date about future activities.

We would also like to draw your attention to two upcoming ePortfolio events in Melbourne in the second half of the year (presentation proposals for both are due on 19 May 2014):

We look forward to seeing you at a future event and online soon.


Mahara Hui Organizing Team
Re: Mahara Hui follow-up and Mahara User Group
by Mahara Hui Organizers - Monday, 18 August 2014, 4:29 PM

Hello Kiwi Mahara users,

At Mahara Hui in March, we, Lisa Ransom and Shen Zhang from AUT, had the idea to organize a Mahara User Group (MUG) in New Zealand. We now have a date for the inaugural meeting: 15 September 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We'd like to invite you to AUT for the afternoon and discuss Mahara. The Mahara User Group meeting is a free event and you decide on the content.

Typical topics at user group meetings include:

  • Showcasing how people are using Mahara at their institutions;
  • Discussing potential features;
  • Looking at particular questions and discussing solutions;
  • Demonstrating new plugins and new features;
  • Planning of other events and initiatives.

If you are interested in presenting or discussing a particular topic, please let us know.

While we will be meeting at AUT, not everybody may be able to attend in person. Thus, if you are interested in attending online, please let us know. We will try to have livestreaming available.

Please sign up as soon as possible as there are only 35 spots available.

Lisa, Shen, and Kristina

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Re: Mahara Hui follow-up and Mahara User Group
by Pascale Hyboud-Peron - Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 6:21 PM

Dear Lisa, Shen and Kristina

I was very excited at the idea of the inaugural MUG meeting and filled in the form to attend in person this morning and yet realised that I had a prior workshop delivery commitment at the very same time.
So I am sorry I won't make that meeting.

Can you please keep me up to date with any other meetings that may follow please? I am very keen to participate.