Mahara: Uploading files from your mobile device

With the new update to Mahara it is now possible to upload files directly to Mahara from your mobile device using either Maharadoid on an Android device or PortfolioUp on an iOS device.

 

Maharadriod – Android Devices

Download App 

To download the app navigate to the google play store on your device and search for Maharadroid in the search bar. This should bring up the Maharadroid app, click on the app and click install.

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Once it has installed it will give you the option to open the app.

Set up Mobile Token 

At Marjon we use LearningSpace to sign into Mahara this means that normal log in details won’t work for the app as a result, in order to sign in to Mahara on your mobile device you will need to set up a ‘Mobile Token’. This is done through your account settings in Mahara, once within Mahara click on the settings button in the top right hand corner.

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If you scroll down to near the bottom of the page you will see the ‘Mobile Token’ box. You can type into the box any value you want, however, once it have been used to sign into a device it will be converted into a string of numbers and letters.

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Once you have added a mobile token, make a note of your Token and click ‘Save’.

Signing in

Open the Maharadroid app and click on the Start button on the homescreen, this will bring up a menu from the bottom. From this menu open the preferences menu, from here you will need to input details about your Mahara account, your mobile token and details about our Mahara server.

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Username:  Your normal LearningSpace username e.g. student number

Token: Your Mobile Token

Mobile Base URL: mahara.marjon.ac.uk

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You can leave the rest of the options. By clicking the back button an authentication attempt will be made. You will get a notification to confirm authentication.

Select files to upload

Once you have signed in you can choose to take pictures to upload, choose pictures from your gallery and add content directly to a journal.

Upload a photo – To take a photo to upload click on the camera button the bottom menu bar, to upload from your gallery click on the ‘Gallery’ button and choose from the images on your device. Selecting ‘Camera’ will open your devices camera, once you have taken a photo it will give you the option to confirm the photo or take another one. You will be given the option to add a title, description and add tags to your image. Clicking upload will add the image to your files within your Mahara portfolio.

Add Journal entry –  To add a journal entry directly from your device click on the ‘Write’ button on the bottom menu. This will open up a window a window for you to choose the Journal to add to, input an entry title, the entry and any tags. You can also choose to upload the entry as a draft to be published at a later date. Clicking upload will add this entry to your journal.

 

PortfolioUp – iOS devices

Download App 

To download the app navigate to the App store and search for PortfolioUp. Click to install the app.

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Set up Mobile Token

At Marjon we use LearningSpace to sign into Mahara this means that normal log in details won’t work for the app as a resulte, in order to sign in to Mahara on your mobile device you will need to set up a ‘Mobile Token’. This is done through your account settings in Mahara, once within Mahara click on the settings button in the top right hand corner.

mahara settings

If you scroll down to near the bottom of the page you will see the ‘Mobile Token’ box. You can type into the box any value you want, however, once it have been used to sign into a device it will be converted into a string of numbers and letters.

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Once you have added a mobile token, make a note of your Token and click ‘Save’.

Signing in

Once you have set up a Mobile Token return to the app and click on the settings button in the top left hand corner. This will give you the option to input your username, mobile token and the mahara URL.

Username: Normal LearningSpace username

Token: Mobile Token

URL: http://mahara.marjon.ac.uk

Clicking Save Settings will add your account to the app. You will get a pop up message confirming your log in details have been saved, you can then click on the home button to return to the app.

Select files to upload

From the app you can choose to take a video or photo to upload or upload from your existing videos and photos.

Before choosing a file you will need to add a title, description to the file and add tags, after you had added in these details you can then choose a file to upload. Choosing to take a video or image will open up your camera, uploading from your library will open up your existing files on your device to upload from. Once the upload has completed you will be presented with a upload confirmation message.

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Helen Baker

Head of Digital Innovation

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