Technological Tools


For HKU students and staff :

  • Mahara is a fully featured electronic portfolio system.
  • Users can collect, organize, display and reflect on their entire learning experience while receiving useful feedback.
  • Users can create journals or blogs, upload files, embed social media resources from the web, insert external media (e.g., YouTube) and sources (Google Apps), collaborate with others, and build résumé.
  • Users can store a range of digital artefacts: text, image (jpeg, tif, png, gif), audio (wav, mp3, mp4), PowerPoint (ptt), Word Document (doc), Portable Document Format (pdf), and Excel (xls), etc.
  • Moodle’s hosted integration with open-source Mahara with open-source Mahara e-portfolio provides valuable resume building, workforce development and social networking tools.

Source: Flavin et al. (2018),

User Interface

The Dashboard of Mahara
Editing a portfolio
Privacy setting

Literature and other sources

  • Deeley, S. (2018). Using technology to facilitate effective assessment for learning and feedback in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(3), 439-448.
  • Faulkner, M., Mahfuzul Aziz, S., Waye, V., & Smith, E. (2013). Exploring ways that ePortfolios can support the progressive development of graduate qualities and professional competencies. Higher Education Research & Development, 32(6), 871-887.
  • Flavin, M., James, B., Bowman, D., Kokanović, R., & Parker, J. (2018). ‘To give an outsider an idea of what it could be like’: A case study of the creative representation of hearing voices. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 17(1), 134-147.
  • Pellerin, M. (2018). The Integration of ePortfolios in Higher Education, and Students’ Perceptions. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 29(4), 529-544.
  • Porter, J., Kleve, S., & Palermo, C. (2016). An exploratory study comparing two electronic portfolio approaches in undergraduate dietetic education. Nutrition & Dietetics, 73(3), 235-240.
  • San Jose, D. (2017). Evaluating, Comparing, and Best Practice in Electronic Portfolio System Use. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 45(4), 476-498.
  • Van Schaik, S., Plant, J., & O’Sullivan, P. (2013). Promoting self-directed learning through portfolios in undergraduate medical education: The mentors’ perspective. Medical Teacher, 35(2), 139-144.

Mahara e-portfolio overview

Mahara introduction video

Mahara 19.10

Why do we need Mahara when we have Moodle?

Mahara ePortfolio as practice

Student Portfolios for Classroom Assessment

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