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anonymous profile picture
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12 May 2015, 3:32 AM

hi everybody,

Sorry for the boring.

I'm student of University of Foggia (Italy).

Now i'm working on a project work on e - portfolio open source. I've seen that mahara is one of the best e-portfolio open source, but i need some explanation about some skill and potential of this platform.

I need to know what is the level of personalization of an e-portfolio implemented by mahara (e.g. language, label of tabs, access permission)

In a case study, we have to study what are the possible advantage and potentiality of mahara about the work of a student and a work of teacher. what are the possibly advantage of using mahara for a student and a teacher?

Could anyone give some actual example?

 

I will be very grateful to those who have the patience of reply me

 

thanks a lot

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
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12 May 2015, 3:12 PM

Hello Stefano,

Since Mahara is open source, you can change anything and everything. :-)

We have measures in place to allow language changes to be made on the server side without them being overwritten when an update of Mahara in general is necessary.

While users cannot change the interface terminology, they could work in their preferred language if a language pack exists and if the administrator installed it. However, users can change the language used on their portfolio pages and they can also determine who shall have access to them. Mahara has a comprehensive permissions framework.

If you want to find out how people are using Mahara, you can find a great number of stories in the quarterly newsletter. Just last month, the Mahara User Group met and had a student showcase. That has been recorded. On the presentations pages you will also find presentations from people that showcase how they work with Mahara.

I hope that helps you get started until more answers come from Mahara users.

Cheers

Kristina

 

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12 May 2015, 8:03 PM

thank you so much Kristina. you were very helpful.

Thanks for you support.

anonymous profile picture
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13 May 2015, 3:02 AM

Good evening,

 

Sorry Kristina, i would like to ask you, is in mahara the chance to customize the final user interface with the italian language and, if yes, in which way?

 

thank you

Aaron Wells's profile picture
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13 May 2015, 12:41 PM

Hi Stefano,

Yes, Mahara has been translated into many languages, including Italian. You can find information about Mahara's translations here: https://wiki.mahara.org/index.php/Language_Packs

... and instructions for installing a translation here: https://wiki.mahara.org/index.php/System_Administrator%27s_Guide/Next_Steps#Install_a_Language_Pack

(Basically, you just go to http://langpacks.mahara.org/, download the language pack for your version of Mahara, and copy it into the correct place in your dataroot directory.)

Mahara translations are contributed by members of the Mahara community, using https://translations.launchpad.net/mahara-lang . The Italian translation for Mahara 15.04 is only about 40% complete, though, which means that some strings will be displayed in English.

Cheers,

Aaron

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13 May 2015, 7:57 PM

thanks aaron

yes, I've seen that the italian translation was just 40% translated.

 

is there some way to obviate at this less translation?

 

thank you

Aaron Wells's profile picture
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14 May 2015, 6:09 PM

Hi Stefano,

I'm not sure what you mean by "is there some way to obviate at this less translation?". Could you please re-phrase that? :)

Cheers,

Aaron

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14 May 2015, 8:10 PM

sorry Aaron,

 

i meant, if there is a way in which i can done my own translation

Aaron Wells's profile picture
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15 May 2015, 11:08 AM

Well, one way would be to contribute to the Italian translation project on Launchpad, as described here: https://wiki.mahara.org/index.php/Developer_Area/Language_Packs

Or you could create your own language pack by copying all Mahara's lang files and editing them by hand. I think there might also be some scripts in the mahara-scripts git repository for compiling .po files into Mahara langpacks.

Cheers,

Aaron

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14 May 2015, 3:46 AM

Sorry Aaron,

Is there a way to create a kind of test for student in mahara, or upload questions in a sort of database and set them like random test?

 

thanks

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