Adoption of Mahara at Australian National University

Catalyst are excited to congratulate Australian National University (ANU) with the go live of their new Mahara ePortfolio system.

In February 2015, Catalyst was invited to submit a response to a Request For Proposal (RFP) to supply an ePortfolio system for ANU's College of Law. In March 2015, Catalyst was short-listed and in April 2015, was invited to present the proposed solution to the panel. Work on the project commenced in February 2016. On 22 July 2016, we were delighted to announce that the site is live and operational.

Catalyst worked closely with ANU to introduce Mahara into their systems. They were already  using Moodle 2.7 so the open source link tied in well. ANU were keen to implement Mahara for staff, teachers, tutors and students to showcase their learning.  

Catalyst have formed a strong relationship with ANU and oversaw the whole project through from the initial tender process to fully managed hosting and ongoing application support. Prior to the site going live for students to use, there was a soft launch by which the site was made available to the educational stakeholders and teachers. Catalyst facilitated four training courses over two days for the staff members to come up to speed with the software, before they coached their students through the changes.  

As the core maintainers of the Mahara project, Catalyst were able to provide a secure and stable ePortfolio site for ANU. Catalyst carried out in depth business requirement analysis prior to the installation and customisation to ensure that ANU receive a solution that would produce a business solution fit for purpose.

Catalyst developers, designers and system administrators worked with ANU to ensure the software performed as expected. A customised theme was developed to seamlessly integrate with the university's existing branding. Several new features and bug fixes were unstreamed to core Mahara during the project. Catalyst wish to thank ANU for the leadership here in making this contribution to the Mahara open source project so others in the community can benefit.

Catalyst ensured that the Mahara site was able to integrate with the current Moodle 2.7 site and ANU's LDAP server, meaning proper Single Sign On (SSO) between applications for staff and students. 

Having been rolled out to the to ANU's College of Law, the feedback from ANU stakeholders has been very positive. The plan is to roll out the solution across all ANU schools and faculties.

Catalyst is happy to announce that the project delivered on time and within budget. Not only do Catalyst wish ANU all the best with their new Mahara, but also a big congratulation for the recent 70th birthday of ANU. We look forward to ongoing collaboration and supporting ANU as they push new boundaries in their educational activities.