I’ve been busy making updates to our test version of workflow over the summer months, with a view to adding them to the live workflow site in September, in time for the start of the new academic year.
I’m hoping to get feedback from users to help make improvements and fix bugs before going live. If you are interested in looking at the test version of the new workflow please contact me for details (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll give you access to the site and an account for reporting issues.
Here is a summary of the major changes you can expect to see in the new workflow. Some come from the Mahara community, while others are unique to workflow and UAL.
I was pleased to hear from Shen Zhang at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand that my Mahara plugins have been useful for them. The team at the Centre for Learning and Teaching there (sounds familiar) are adapting my Browse Content plugin into a new plugin which displays group pages with a visual interface. The plugin will be shared with the community in the near future.
I’ve published a couple of plugins which I developed for Mahara, as part of our implementation of an e-Portfolio system here at UAL (workflow).
I had a number of requests from Mahara users at other institutions to make these available. They make it possible to browse through work created by others in Mahara. This has a lot of potential value in pedagogical terms. It makes it possible to share examples of good practice; it can be inspiring to see the level of peers’ work, and this can act as a spur to quality; and it helps increase the sense of community in the online space. Having a common online exhibition space can raise the stakes for those posting content to it. Continue Reading →
The new version of Mahara (1.8) has been released over at mahara.org
I’m pleased to say that this new version incorporates some new features based on work I’ve done to customise Workflow, UAL’s own Mahara-based eportfolio service.
The most significant of these are a new flexible layouts system for user-created pages, which makes it possible to design pages with rows of content, as well as columns; and a vertical content chooser panel for adding content to pages.
The flexible layouts feature in particular was a lot of work to implement, so it’s good to see it integrated into Mahara core, with the assistance of the Mahara development team at Catalyst in New Zealand.
This is one of the main benefits of open source software in my view – people at opposite sides of the world can contribute to the same project, and users with their own priorities can address them with development initiatives, which can then often benefit the wider community.
Needless to say this wouldn’t have been possible with proprietary software.
I recently received quite a few reports from WordPress users that media uploads weren’t working on one of the blogs here. I was unable to reproduce the problem, so I couldn’t do much to diagnose the problem. I contacted the users having the problem and asked for more specific details. The information they provided helped me to track down the cause of the issue.
I overhauled the WordPress plugin ‘wp-reportpost’ for compatibility with recent versions of WordPress. Could have done with a complete rewrite but I’m afraid there aren’t enough hours in the day. The plugin is available here: