The e-Portfolio system known as Mahara is an open source software first established in mid 2006 by a collaborative venture funded by New Zealand's Tertiary Education Commission's e-learning Collaborative Development Fund (eCDF), involving Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Victoria University of Wellington.
The School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan working in collaboration with the Division of Educational Media Access and Production (EMAP) adapted and customized Mahara to meet specific needs of the Clinical Education course under the Master’s of Physical Therapy (MPT) program offered by the School of Physical Therapy. With help from the university’s IT Services unit, student and instructor access is integrated with the university’s student and staff portal (PAWS) as well as the students’ registration database. The project took around 16 months to complete. The software is hosted and maintained by the IT Services unit of the College of Medicine. This e-portfolio project is funded by the Canadian provincial government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) initiative.