Mahara Collaboration Site

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Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework.

Its blog, resume builder, and social networking features are great for connecting users in e-learning communities.

First established in mid 2006, the Mahara project started as collaborative venture funded by New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission's e-learning Collaborative Development Fund (eCDF), involving Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Victoria University of Wellington.

Continued development has been made possible by further support from New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and the application of Mellon Foundation funds from the Open Polytechnic’s winning a 2007 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration.

The Mahara project chose "Mahara" as name for its web application.

In Te Reo Māori, "mahara" means "to think, thinking, thought" and that fits the purpose of Mahara very well.

Having been started in New Zealand, it was fitting to choose a Māori word to signify the concept of the ePortfolio system.

Mahara also has meanings in at least one other language.

(If it also exists in other languages, please let us know.)

In Arabic, "Mahara" stands for "exceptional skill (above and beyond the average)".

In Shona, "Mahara" means "free" / "for free".

The symbol in the Mahara logo is a Māori "rauiri" (single twist).

In contemporary society, the single twist (rauiri) "represents the joining together of two people.

Even though sometimes people move away, their journey of life will have their paths cross again.

The single figure eight represents the path of life, it is the eternity symbol.

(The single twist is different to the double or triple twist in that it refers to individual people, where the double and triple twist refers more to the joining of peoples, or cultures)."

Write to us and ask for your credentials to the admin interface of a Mahara Demo Environment.

Your credentials will be valid for 1 day after which the Demo Environment will reset itself.

Fully-featured web application to build your electronic portfolio


Create your multimedia portfolio the way you want and share it with the people who should view it.


Create project portfolios together with others and use the discussion forums to talk about your work.


SmartEvidence allows you to work easily with competency frameworks associating your portfolios to certain competencies, skills or attributes.

At the same time, you also have a visual overview of your progress to date.

Assessors also see your progress easily and can leave detailed feedback to further your learning.

Align your portfolio to a competency framework and visualise, which competencies you have already achieved.

Open source

Mahara is built on open source and open principles, it is free and is being improved by enthusiasts around the world.


Configure your Mahara site as administrator to tailor it to your institution's specific needs.


Mahara Mobile is the new Mahara app for Android and iOS that allows you to collect and create learning evidence offline and then upload it to your Mahara when you have an internet connection.

Access Mahara on any device via responsive design.

Mahara Mobile even allows you to collect evidence offline.


Use Mahara alongside your learning management system and other services via web services.


You can use Mahara with just a few learners or multiple institutions with thousands of users on one site.

Learner-centered personal learning environment


Track your learning progress and achievements in your personal portfolios and share them with others.


Give feedback on portfolios and support your students in reaching their learning goals.


Create portfolios for certification and promotion to showcase your professional development over time.


Check in with your team members in their professional development and support them throughout.


Learn about your employees skills and competencies by viewing direct evidence of their achievements.


Review learning evidence online and provide feedback online wherever you are.

Your Virtual Machine Specs

Your Mahara Server will be running on an isolated and secure Virtual Machine with the following configuration 1 :

  • CPU: 1 vCPU on 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7260U Physical Processor(s)
    • Base Frequency: 2.20 GHz
    • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.40 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB on 32 GB DDR4-2133 Physical Memory Chip(s)
    • DDR4-2133 1.2V SO-DIMM
    • Max Memory Bandwidth: 34.1 GB/s
  • Disk Size: 15.56 GB on 1TB M.2. SSD Physical Storage Chip(s)
    • M.2 Solid-State Drive (SSD)
    • Sequential Read: 530 MB/s
    • Sequential Write: 510 MB/s
    • Random Read IOPS: 92 K
    • Random Write IOPS: 83 K

Note 1 : Virtual Machine Resources are already optimized for performance. Under extreme usage or circumstances, more resources can be easily acquired via our Add-ons section.

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