Blocks: Exabis E-Portfolio

block_exaport
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Start ePortfolio work with Moodle – a compact block with everything needed to collect, select, reflect and share. Exabis ePortfolio establishes a learner driven way of contributing learning products during learning processes course independently. Key features are: - building up ePortfolios with an individual structure - linking ePortfolio-artefacts to competences - publishing of views with a selection of material - export to Europass for CVs - integration of OpenBadges - export to SCORM-format
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This block can easily be added to a Moodle installation and provides ePortfolio functionality for each student and teacher course independently.
Students can build up their ePortfolios collecting weblinks, files and notes within individually defined categories.  ePortfolio-artefacts can be published to specific target-groups using views to start reflection and assessments.

ePortfolios can be saved as a SCORM-package and can be used cross-platform for further work. Also the CV-functionality allows export to the Europass format.

Exabis ePortfolio is part of a suite of three main modules: Exabis ePortfolio (portfolio work), Exabis Competencies - Competence grids (connecting artefacts to competences and individualization paths using digital competence grids) and Exabis student review (course spanning reporting tool of students’ achievements including assessment of soft skills).

The module can be used standalone or as part of this suite. Advantage of using all three modules together is that learner driven learning paths can be established – these are teacher guided, self-paced, competence-based and individualized.

The free app DAKORA (working with digital competence grids) which was developed together with the Federal Ministry of Education in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, allows work with all three modules with an innovative interface for tablets and smartphones which can be downloaded from all app stores.   

Try out DAKORA at https://exacloud.at/dakora

For a detailed documentation refer to Admins' manual or the Teachers' manual.

Take a look at the video to see how it works in schools:

Find the transcript in English here: with timeline or without timeline.

More info at gtn-solutions.com

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  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 12:45 AM
    Hello Andreas,
    Thank you for your response. Is there a documentation for this process or an additional plugin I need to install? I am my managing my own server, but need to figure out where this folder should be exactly located or activated.
    Thanks again.
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 1:04 AM
    Hello Ismail, yes, there is. Find it here: https://exabis.at/en/ - in the Google-Docs-part, cheers Andreas
  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 2:21 AM
    Hey andreas, I have already studied all documentations in that link. However, I couldn't find what is missing. I have all four plugins installed, activated and configured (portfolio, grid, library and review). Students can build a portfolio, share artifacts, access shared views and categories, etc.

    The only two things I can't find now:
    - how to add an "Export to portfolio" button to discussion forums.
    - Import from Moodle-assignments. (This option exists, but shows only a blank list of assignments despite submitting some already)..

    I see both "exacomp" and "exacaport" folders and associated files under the Moodle Blocks main folder. Is there a sub-folder I need to manually upload or a permission to edit?
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 3:35 PM
    Hello Ismail, you need to copy a folder from exaport (subfolder /portfolio_plugin) to the moodle-portfolio-folder which is /portfolio. Then you have to activate the portfolio as an admin for Moodle. Afterwards you will see the links. Cheers Andreas
  • Picture of Steffen Bachmann
    Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 5:15 PM
    Hallo together,
    if i share a view with the optione "external link" and i use this link, then i will be forwarded to the moodle login.
    I would expect, that sharing this way does not need a login.
    Is this behavoiur as it should or is that an error?

    Greetings
    Steffen Bachmann
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 5:48 PM
    Hello Steffen, this is not an error but rather a security issue. Within the Moodle-installation the guest access option must be set so a resource, such as an external link which resides within Moodle, can be accessed, best regards, Andreas
  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 2:10 AM
    Hello Andreas, Just to let you know the portfolio import has finally worked. I did copy the folder you mentioned. The function didn't work right away and I don't think it is a cache issue. I then tried to install the old "portfolio" module again and activate it. https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=mod_giportfolio

    I guess that triggered the import feature to work.. Just to confirm, is it required to install this module as well for Exabis to work in that case?? I will still need to repeat the process in a production server and need to confirm this point..
    Thanks for your help.
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Hello Ismail,

    I tried right now for Moodle 3.4 and 3.5
    - last version of Exaport from experimental branch
    - copied the directory /portfolio_plugin/exaport to MOODLE/portfolio/
    - activated it as admin user
    thats all, it worked

    Regarding the export from forum discussions - this function has not been implemented yet, we have only done this for submitted assignements.

    Regards
    Andreas
  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 9:49 PM
    Hello Andreas,
    Thank you so much for confirming this. I will give it a try on our production server and let you know.
    Kind regards,
    Ismail
  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 4:30 AM
    Hello,
    It worked well this time. Two important findings to share:
    When you copy the folder, it should go under: Moodle/portfolio/portfolio_plugin/exaport

    Second, make sure students have an "uploaded" assignment file for the import assignment to work. I kept getting blank list several times before realizing they students need to upload a file, not just submit an assignment, to get it to work.
  • Peter Jonker
    Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 12:37 AM
    Hi, We have the plugin installed in a 3.5 environment and have an issue with the Download as PDF option with presentations. With a large sum of text the PDF generated is always 2 pages and starts with a blank page and weird cutoffs. I could sent an example by mail. Is this a known issue? If so what is the setting or workaround?
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 1:02 AM
    Hello Peter, please send a mail to office@gtn-solutions.com - we will take a look at it, best regards, Andreas
  • Picture of bobby demers
    Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 12:12 AM
    Not having much luck setting this up for our staff....
    The teachers can add the Block, but it's not visible on the page. I can see it as Admin, but when I LogInAs (which is enabled on the plugin settings) I can't see it either.

    We've done the folder copying as suggested above but no change.

    Moodle 3.8.2+ (Build: 20200312) Version 2019111802.01
    Fordson Theme.

    Regards
    bobby
  • Picture of andreas riepl
    Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 12:34 AM
    The suggestions above only relate to using the exabis eportfolio block within the moodle-wide portfolio-function - this would enable portfolios on many places. Using the block is quite straight-forward, just needs installing in the /blocks-folder. There is no role-system to it. if you can see the block as an admin and your teachers can't this will probably relate to a permisson-problem. Is it possible that teachers have some sort of restriction on that?
  • Andrew Normore
    Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 9:41 PM
    Hey everyone! I'm a developer working with Ismail, we got the plugin working -- it didn't look like it was working for a while as we discovered you must use an ATTACHMENT -- in our setup we just used a regular assignment type. So everything is indeed happily working for us.

    I would say, your plugin could check for the proper directory installation and if is empty, write the files automatically. Better yet just create a new empty plugin, as it does do a Moodle upgrade installation but has no information -- very confusing for administrators.

    Understandably as you guys are still developing, but thought I'd leave you some feedback. Cheers and thanks!
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