Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
Mahara includes a file repository which allows users to:
Create folder and sub folders structures
Upload multiple files quickly and efficiently
Give each file a Name and Description
Manage their file allocation Quota
When uploading a file users must agree to a configurable Copyright disclaimer.
Can extract .zip, .tar.gz and .tar.bz2 from within the files area
A comprehensive blogging tool is provided in Mahara, where blogs and blog postings are considered Artefacts and may be added to a View.
The blogging tool allows users to:
Create blog posts using a WYSIWYG editor
Attach files to posts
Embed images into postings
Configure whether or not Comments may be received on their blog
Create draft postings for later publishing
Mahara provides a social networking facility where users can create and maintain a list of Friends within the system. ePortfolio owners choose whether other users can add them to their Friends list automatically or by request and approval.
An ePortfolio owner's Friends lists shows those Views to which they have been assigned access.
Mahara includes a resumé builder which allows users to create digital CV’s by entering information into a variety of optional fields including:
Contact and personal information
Employment and education history
Certifications, accreditations and awards
Books and publications, professional memberships
Personal, academic and work skills and
Personal, academic and career goals
Within Mahara users are able to share details through a variety of optional profile information fields including: