Southampton Solent University is one of the UK's newest universities, gaining university status in July 2005 and officially changing its name on 15th August 2005. With just over 16,000 students, Solent has a huge commitment to social justice and aims to give every student real industrial experience during their studies. To support this, Solent has spent four years researching and implementing the use of e-portfolios to aid career and personal development planning. In 2010, Mahara, supported by the careers and employability department, was rolled out across the University.
One of the original pilot projects, started in 2009, examined how Mahara could be used to help final-year journalism students create an online portfolio that could be used to promote themselves to potential employers. Three years on, the project is continuing and proving successful, with many students gaining employment prior to graduation. This session will cover the background, implementation and examples of current projects that demonstrate how e-portfolios have been incorporated into Solent's curriculum.
Samantha Moss has worked in the e-Development Centre for over three years as part of the Learning Technology Unit at Southampton Solent University. She gained the post of Learning Technologist in December 2010 after a few years as an e-Learning Support Officer and is deemed to be the University’s ‘Mahara expert’. Sam’s current projects include: developing a fully online e-learning package on respiratory inhalers for the Thames Valley and Wessex 'Health, Innovation and Education Clusters'; assisting the development of online distance units for Fashion and Design; and supporting students and staff in the use of Mahara for personal development. Prior to this, she was a researcher in Widening Participation and Education Liaison and has previously lectured in Sport Science and Performing Arts.