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Thomas Kollewe's profile picture
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24 December 2021, 1:20

Hi everyone,

After a long break of working with Mahara (screw you, Corona), I'm now again testing it to see which functions I can use to meet my requirements.

I'm currently playing around with SmartEvidence and a question popped up recently. What I want to know is if there's a way to lock some nodes/crossings of the SmartEvidence matrix so that the portfolio creators can't add annotations everywhere. Here's the scenario: I have a SmartEvidence framework and some pre structured portfolio templates within my collection. On page A of the collection, only standard Z of my framework can be achieved and on page B only standard X can be reached.  When a learner copies the collection he then can freely click on every crossing in the matrix to create an annotation, so he can have X on page A, although this isn't intended in my framework.

So I'd like to know if there's a way to pre structure a matrix so that only some specific crossing are marked as "ready for assessment" in advance when the collection is copied.

I hope that my explanations are understandable.

Thank you and kind regards,

Thomas 

 

 

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 4706

10 January 2022, 13:29

Hi Thomas,

Welcome back to Mahara and ein gesundes Neues!

You can't 'lock' individual pages in SmartEvidence or not allow other standards to be selected. However, if you have a one-to-one mapping of page to standard, you may be better of with the 'Portfolio completion' functionality. Like SmartEvidence, you activate on the institution level and then a new page is added to the front of the collection if you allow it in a collection. That functionality works with the 'Sign-off' block and can be paired with the 'Review' block as well, which then has the capability to lock the entire portfolio once it has been reviewed.

Cheers

Kristina

Jonathan Murphy's profile picture
Posts: 11

15 January 2022, 3:08

Hi Kristina

Just to let you know the progress completion functionality is not available when setting up a collection in a Group's - Pages and Collections tab which is a problem if you want to push portfolios to group members.

 

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 4706

20 January 2022, 8:32

Hi Jonathan,

That is correct. That feature is not yet implemented, but it shouldn't be too difficult to do as long as it is used just as a template like we have implemented for SmartEvidence.

Cheers

Kristina

Jonathan Murphy's profile picture
Posts: 11

15 January 2022, 3:03

Hi Thomas

I have the same problem of trying to get participants to add the annotation block in the correct alignment on the grid, I have not found a solution other than carrying out extensive training with the participants. Like you, I would like to be able to link the pages to the appropriate grey dot in the grid so a participant can only select the correct one. I think if a page could be linked to the standard and the grid to show only that grey dot that matches the standard with the page that might solve the problem. The issue then arises if somebody wants to include two standards on a page.

The annotation block text field is meant to be mandatory but it is not. It will allow it to be saved blank resulting in multiple annotation blocks on a page with no feedback buttons. As an admin, I cannot delete these redundant annotation blocks. 

I favour the use of the annotation blocks over the progress bar because they manage the feedback process between a participant and their mentor which is a key element for us.

 

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 4706

20 January 2022, 8:40

Hi Jonathan,

The annotation block is a required field and thus can't be left empty unless you made a customisation in your code base to remove the required 'flag' or your students just put in a space.

It is good to read your feedback on the SmartEvidence functionality as I usually only hear that organisations want to be more granular and be able to add annotations alongside individual pieces of evidence rather than for an entire page. That's why we have a proposal open to make changes to allow for both: page mapping and evidence mapping and also the support for frameworks that consist of multiple levels if you'd like to take a look.

Cheers

Kristina

Jonathan Murphy's profile picture
Posts: 11

20 January 2022, 11:01

Hi Kristina
 
I had assumed that the annotation block was only for a page I did not realise it could be used for individual pieces of work on a page. So that is something new for me. I will have a look at the proposal. I am asking my learners to add one piece of evidence to each page and to link that page to the standard using an annotation block which also provides the feedback loop and the smartevidence assessment loop.
In the meantime would you have a look at the file attached which shows the creation of multiple blank annotation blocks on a page which is a problem for me.
These were created by going to the SmartEvidence grid, clicking on the grey dot under a page, the annotation block opens and I then close it leaving its content block blank, using the X on the top left hand side. Although the content section is a default field and when you go to save it, it tells you this however when you close it with the X it still puts a blank annotation block on the page. My learners have managed to put many blank annotation blocks on their pages. I would have thought that if it was a default field, and if it is blank no matter where you close the annotation dialog screen from it should take no action.
 
Many thanks
 
Jonathan
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Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 4706

28 January 2022, 7:28

Hi Jonathan,

Right now, the mapping of annotation to artefact is per page as the mapping to individual artefact is still only at the proposal stage.

The issue you describe for empty annotation blocks is being resolved for Mahara 22.04, due for release in the second half of April this year. Please see the bug report that also links to the code if you'd like to backport it to your instance of Mahara.

Thank you

Kristina

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