What is Mahara and how do I use it?

 Important notes

  • Sharing settings:  Pages you create are set to private as default, you need to change the settings if you wish to share your portfolio. 
  • Public = world wide web searchable, 
  • Logged in users = ALL UC staff and students, not just your unit class cohort. As soon as you share a page the people you have given access will be notified via the "Latest Pages" block on their dashboard, and via email.
  • Your Profile Page is automatically shared with ALL Logged in users (this can not be changed).  If you don’t want your personal particulars to be shared with all of UC, DO NOT include your personal details ie student number, personal email address, mobile number etc on your Profile Page.

Do you need help?

If you need help using the ePortfolio(Mahara):

Policy, rules and guidelines

Policies and rules

Use of the ePortfolio is governed by UC rules and policies.

Privacy and confidentiality

When sharing content with other users or groups be aware of what you are sharing, and how it may be used by others, e.g. items relating to assessment tasks, personal information, etc. Be especially mindful of what you put on your profile page, profile pages are viewable by all logged in users at UC.

Additional Support

Help and support

Ask Advisors: You may be familiar with the help that students provide to other students in the library face to face – the ASK Advisors. They are academically successful students themselves, from all faculties, who are trained to help other students with understanding assignment questions, referencing, essay structuring, language, referrals, UCLearn(Canvas), the ePortfolio(Mahara), and more – but not unit content.  

ePortfolio support for students: See the ASK Advisors at the Study Help desk, Library level B. Timetables can be found at http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/student-support/study-skills

UCLearn(Mahara) support for staff: Attend a UCLearn drop-in in The SHED, Level B, the Library (building 8), week days 1.30-3.30pm or email the UCLearn support team via servicedesk@canberra.edu.au.

Phone/email for technical problems

If you are having technical problems using Mahara from your computer at the university, work or home, contact the UCLearn support team via servicedesk@canberra.edu.au or phone (02) 6201 5500.

Are you graduating? Instructions for Alumni

What happens to my UCPortfolio when I leave UC?

Did you know: you can request ongoing access!

As UC Alumni, who graduated on or after 2013, you can continue building your existing portfolio pages and make new ones – building your online professional identity and communicating your skills and knowledge to audiences around the world. Just as importantly you can use Mahara to maintain the network of friends and colleagues you established while studying, and also make new connections with current students and staff.

For more information visit: 



ePortfolios Australia

An Australian ePortfolio professional network


ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which aims to support the use of e-portfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice.

Careers Services

Careers Services can be found at http://www.canberra.edu.au/careers

What do I put in my ePortfolio?

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Video CV
  • Certificates and Awards
  • References


For assistance building your ePortfolio visit Careers UC in IC42 above the Refectory in Building 1, Bruce Campus, or email careers@canberra.edu.au

ePortfolio for employment Tips

  • Ensure your ePortfolio looks professional
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • Clear and clean layout


Find your Career Direction

Building an ePortfolio

Why people are using Mahara/ePortfolios


Diem Vo
30 August 2019, 21:52

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