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Navigating the dashboard

The first page you see in Mahara is your Dashboard. You can return to this at any time by clicking on Dashboard in the main menu (2).

Mahara dashboard page with menu, profile, information and portfolio items


  1. Profile menu - gives access to your profile information, profile pictures, some settings, and the option to logout of Mahara.
  2. Main menu - this has 4 submenus - create, share, engage and manage.

    Main menu on the dashboard

Create: Create and upload artefacts, and create portfolios
Share: Share portfolios and view shared portfolios
Engage: Engage and collaborate with others in groups
Manage: Import and export portfolios

  1. Profile and engagement box - shows your preferred name (as a link to your profile page), your current profile picture, and any groups that you belong to.
  2. Information bar - this has information about, and shortcuts to, specific sections of the Mahara interface - create opens your portfolio ('Pages and collections'), share opens a 'Shared by me' page displaying collections and pages that have been shared via URL or to individuals and groups, and engage opens the Groups section. This bar can be hidden using the 'hide information bar' option and reinstated from the settings section under the profile menu.
  3. Edit dashboard - allows youto edit the items that appear in the content area of your dashboard.
  4. You can customise this area on your dashboard to put blocks there that you want to see every time you log in. It is edited in the same way as any other page, adding and removing content, and changing the layout.

The information on this page relates to Mahara 18.10 and was last updated December 2018.

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