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This document lists the major areas which we have identified as ways to improve Mahara. The Roadmap is under constant review and improvement, and you are welcome to comment on any particular Roadmap item on the appropriate wiki page or on its thread in the [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/view.php?id=70 Roadmap &amp; Funding] forum.
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Please don't suggest new things to add to the roadmap on this page or in the comments for this page - use the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum instead.
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===Mahara 1.4===
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'''Mahara 1.4'''
  
 
This upgrade is aimed at improving the usability in the following areas.
 
This upgrade is aimed at improving the usability in the following areas.
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# [[Roadmap/1 Look and Feel|Look and feel]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/1 Look and Feel|Look and feel]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/2 General Improvements|General Improvements]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/2 General Improvements|General Improvements]] 
# [[Roadmap/3 Views|Views]] 
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# [[Roadmap/3 Views|Views (aka Pages)]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/4 Groups|Groups]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/4 Groups|Groups]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/5 Journals (aka Blogs)|Journals]] 
 
# [[Roadmap/5 Journals (aka Blogs)|Journals]] 
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===Mahara 1.3===
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'''Mahara 1.3'''
  
 
The following new features are coming in Mahara 1.3:
 
The following new features are coming in Mahara 1.3:
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===Future Releases===
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'''Future Releases'''
  
 
The following list details areas of work that can be performed on Mahara. They are not listed in any particular order. The order in which they are implemented is open; when they are implemented depends on the Mahara project finding funding for them. Maybe you can help! Providing funding will get a feature implemented faster, and you will be able to influence the behaviour and architecture to advantage your own needs. If you want to do this, post in the appropriate thread in the [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/view.php?id=70 Roadmap &amp; Funding forum].
 
The following list details areas of work that can be performed on Mahara. They are not listed in any particular order. The order in which they are implemented is open; when they are implemented depends on the Mahara project finding funding for them. Maybe you can help! Providing funding will get a feature implemented faster, and you will be able to influence the behaviour and architecture to advantage your own needs. If you want to do this, post in the appropriate thread in the [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/view.php?id=70 Roadmap &amp; Funding forum].
  
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''Groups''
 
 
====Usability====
 
 
 
While Mahara is quite usable as it stands, there are some improvements we can make to improve the usability further. Ideas include redesigning the navigation, using different terminology for some Mahara concepts, theme tweaks and improvements to the View creation interface.
 
 
 
* [[Roadmap/Usability|More information about the Usability roadmap item...]]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=470 Usability in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
 
 
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====Groups====
 
  
 
A few ideas for the improvement of groups include Group Blogs and the ability for people to mass-add or mass-invite users to Controlled/Invite groups.
 
A few ideas for the improvement of groups include Group Blogs and the ability for people to mass-add or mass-invite users to Controlled/Invite groups.
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* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=472 Groups in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=472 Groups in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
  
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====Blogs====
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''Views (aka Pages)''
 
 
Blogs can be improved in several ways, including adding commenting to blogs and importing blogs into Mahara via RSS.
 
 
 
More information about the Blogs roadmap item...
 
 
 
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====Views====
 
  
 
There are many things we could do to the View interface, such as improvements to View feedback (editing/deleting feedback), PDF generation, password access, theming support, multipage Views (in effect - 'websites'), categorisation of views (&amp; even setting access for groups of views) and more.
 
There are many things we could do to the View interface, such as improvements to View feedback (editing/deleting feedback), PDF generation, password access, theming support, multipage Views (in effect - 'websites'), categorisation of views (&amp; even setting access for groups of views) and more.
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More information about the Views roadmap item...
 
More information about the Views roadmap item...
  
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''Resume''
 
 
====Resume====
 
  
 
Mahara's Resume plugin provides simple Resume building functionality, but with some effort we can add many new features to it, such as custom fields, Europass CV support, PDF generation and more.
 
Mahara's Resume plugin provides simple Resume building functionality, but with some effort we can add many new features to it, such as custom fields, Europass CV support, PDF generation and more.
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More information about the Resume roadmap item...
 
More information about the Resume roadmap item...
  
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''Tagging &amp; Searching''
 
 
====Tagging &amp; Searching====
 
  
 
Mahara allows the input of tags on many artefacts, and on Views, but does not provide useful ways to search and visualise these tags. In addition, the ability to search both your things and others' things they have made available to you is limited. There are many improvements we could make in these areas.
 
Mahara allows the input of tags on many artefacts, and on Views, but does not provide useful ways to search and visualise these tags. In addition, the ability to search both your things and others' things they have made available to you is limited. There are many improvements we could make in these areas.
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* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=843 Tagging &amp; Searching in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=843 Tagging &amp; Searching in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
  
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''Moodle/Mahara Integration''
 
 
====Stats &amp; Reporting====
 
 
 
Currently there is no way to visualise the kinds of activity taking place on a Mahara installation. While Mahara is user-centred, meaning that it's unlikely we would add the ability to track users right down to the pages they visited, there is definitely scope to add aggregated reports of site activity, such as popular Views, user growth over time, etc.
 
 
 
* [[Roadmap/Stats and Reporting|More information about the Stats &amp; Reporting roadmap item...]]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=675 Stats and Reporting in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
 
 
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====Moodle/Mahara Integration====
 
  
 
Integration with [http://moodle.org/ Moodle] is one of the great features of Mahara, and there are so many ways we can build upon the framework in place. Some ideas include linking the two for assessment purposes, automatically creating Mahara Groups to match Moodle Courses, import of content from Moodle and using Moodle's repository API to allow users to use their Mahara resources within Moodle.
 
Integration with [http://moodle.org/ Moodle] is one of the great features of Mahara, and there are so many ways we can build upon the framework in place. Some ideas include linking the two for assessment purposes, automatically creating Mahara Groups to match Moodle Courses, import of content from Moodle and using Moodle's repository API to allow users to use their Mahara resources within Moodle.
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* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=674 Moodle/Mahara Integration in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=674 Moodle/Mahara Integration in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
  
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''Improvements for School Usage''
 
 
====Messaging====
 
 
 
Mahara's messaging system is simplistic. With some thought, we could come up with a system that allows users to send and recieve all sorts of messages through any medium they choose. Users could respond to forum posts by e-mail, take photos with their camera and send them straight to their file repository or blog through jabber.
 
 
 
More information about the Messaging roadmap item...
 
 
 
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====Improvements for School Usage====
 
  
 
We've gathered some feedback from people either using or intending to use Mahara within a school setting (both "secondary" - 11-17 years - and "primary" - 5-10). As well as theming and wording issues (there is some overlap with [[Roadmap/Usability|usability]] here), common themes include having more control over the social networking side of the system and ways to get parents involved.
 
We've gathered some feedback from people either using or intending to use Mahara within a school setting (both "secondary" - 11-17 years - and "primary" - 5-10). As well as theming and wording issues (there is some overlap with [[Roadmap/Usability|usability]] here), common themes include having more control over the social networking side of the system and ways to get parents involved.
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* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=471 School Usage in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
 
* [http://mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=471 School Usage in the Roadmap &amp; Funding forum]
  
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''Installer/Upgrader''
 
 
====Installer/Upgrader====
 
  
 
This covers not just the installer/upgrader, but the processes surrounding both. The current installer is adequate for now, though there are a few things we could do to take it to the next level.
 
This covers not just the installer/upgrader, but the processes surrounding both. The current installer is adequate for now, though there are a few things we could do to take it to the next level.
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* [[Roadmap/Installer%2f%2fUpgrader|More information about the Installer/Upgrader roadmap item...]]
 
* [[Roadmap/Installer%2f%2fUpgrader|More information about the Installer/Upgrader roadmap item...]]
  
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''Customising the Interface''
 
 
====Customising the Interface====
 
  
 
Easier installation and customisation of language packs, giving the user the ability to choose their theme...
 
Easier installation and customisation of language packs, giving the user the ability to choose their theme...
 
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===Subpages===
 
===Subpages===
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* [[Roadmap/1_Look_and_Feel|1 Look and Feel]]
 
* [[Roadmap/1_Look_and_Feel|1 Look and Feel]]
 
* [[Roadmap/2_General_Improvements|2 General Improvements]]
 
* [[Roadmap/2_General_Improvements|2 General Improvements]]
* [[Roadmap/3_Views|3 Views]]
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* [[Roadmap/3_Views|3 Pages (aka Views)]]
 
* [[Roadmap/4_Groups|4 Groups]]
 
* [[Roadmap/4_Groups|4 Groups]]
 
* [[Roadmap/5_Journals_(aka_Blogs)|5 Journals (aka Blogs)]]
 
* [[Roadmap/5_Journals_(aka_Blogs)|5 Journals (aka Blogs)]]

Latest revision as of 21:11, 2 May 2019

This page is here for historical reasons only and new ideas should be proposed in Specifications in Development and are the linked to a blueprint to keep track of their status more easily.

Mahara 1.4

This upgrade is aimed at improving the usability in the following areas.

Each of these areas is described in more detail in the wiki topics below  including with a link to a forum topics to discuss this in further detail.

  1. Look and feel 
  2. General Improvements 
  3. Views (aka Pages) 
  4. Groups 
  5. Journals 
  6. Documentation and training Materials 

Mahara 1.3

The following new features are coming in Mahara 1.3:

  • Simplified navigation
  • Gravatar support
  • RSS feeds for public blogs
  • Pluggable anti-spam system
  • View themes
  • Email bounce handling
  • Moodle 2.0 Porfolio API support
  • View/artefact feedback enhancements
  • Statistics in the Admin area
  • New blocktypes: notifications, recently modified views, recent forum posts
  • Configurable forum post indentation
  • Personal dashboard

Future Releases

The following list details areas of work that can be performed on Mahara. They are not listed in any particular order. The order in which they are implemented is open; when they are implemented depends on the Mahara project finding funding for them. Maybe you can help! Providing funding will get a feature implemented faster, and you will be able to influence the behaviour and architecture to advantage your own needs. If you want to do this, post in the appropriate thread in the Roadmap & Funding forum.

Groups

A few ideas for the improvement of groups include Group Blogs and the ability for people to mass-add or mass-invite users to Controlled/Invite groups.


Views (aka Pages)

There are many things we could do to the View interface, such as improvements to View feedback (editing/deleting feedback), PDF generation, password access, theming support, multipage Views (in effect - 'websites'), categorisation of views (& even setting access for groups of views) and more.

More information about the Views roadmap item...

Resume

Mahara's Resume plugin provides simple Resume building functionality, but with some effort we can add many new features to it, such as custom fields, Europass CV support, PDF generation and more.

More information about the Resume roadmap item...

Tagging & Searching

Mahara allows the input of tags on many artefacts, and on Views, but does not provide useful ways to search and visualise these tags. In addition, the ability to search both your things and others' things they have made available to you is limited. There are many improvements we could make in these areas.

Moodle/Mahara Integration

Integration with Moodle is one of the great features of Mahara, and there are so many ways we can build upon the framework in place. Some ideas include linking the two for assessment purposes, automatically creating Mahara Groups to match Moodle Courses, import of content from Moodle and using Moodle's repository API to allow users to use their Mahara resources within Moodle.

Improvements for School Usage

We've gathered some feedback from people either using or intending to use Mahara within a school setting (both "secondary" - 11-17 years - and "primary" - 5-10). As well as theming and wording issues (there is some overlap with usability here), common themes include having more control over the social networking side of the system and ways to get parents involved.

Installer/Upgrader

This covers not just the installer/upgrader, but the processes surrounding both. The current installer is adequate for now, though there are a few things we could do to take it to the next level.

Customising the Interface

Easier installation and customisation of language packs, giving the user the ability to choose their theme...

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