Every student and member of staff has their own personal QMplus Hub area and this can be used to store files, create a personal journal or blog, a CV and document tasks or CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Placing this content onto pages in QMplus Hub enables you to share any of this information with others. You can also share text, images, videos and audio. By default, your pages are only visible to you however if you choose to you can share your page with other QMplus Hub users or make the pages publicly visible. QMplus Hub pages can also be submitted as assignments in a QMplus course area.
This guide covers:
Creating a page and choosing a layout
Once you have added some content to QMplus then you probably want to display it nicely on a portfolio page. Follow this guide to create your first page.
Remember that all pages (apart from your profile page) created in your e-portfolio are personal to you until you choose to share them. Pages created in a group are visible to all members of the group.
First go to your QMplus Hub dashboard. If you do not know how to access QMplus Hub, please see our guide on how to access QMplus Hub
- Either select Pages from the Portfolio dropdown menu or
- Select the Create button
3. If you have already created pages they will be displayed here. To create a new page simply select CREATE PAGE
4. You are now prompted to give your page a title and a description and or overview of its purpose. You can skip the description at this stage and add one later.
5. You can choose to add tags* to your page, how you want your name displayed or whether you want the page to be anonymous.
Tip: tags are like keywords that you create and they can make searching for and displaying your content easier in QMplus Hub.
6. When you have completed the information Click SAVE.
7. Now you can choose the layout options for your page. Although you can choose your layout or change it as you are building the page, it is much easier to choose your structure at the beginning!
Click on the Edit layout tab in the page editing navigation.
8. You now have a set of basic, advanced or custom options for the layout of your page. The default is a simple 3 column layout. We will choose a banner spanning the page with 3 columns underneath for this guide.
9. Once you have chosen a layout for your page click SAVE
- More information about advanced options for page layouts can be found in the Mahara user guide: http://manual.mahara.org/en/15.10/portfolio/page_editor.html#edit-layout
Adding content to your page
Once you have saved the information you enter in the ‘title and description ‘ tab and chosen your layout, you will automatically be directed to the Edit content section. This is the area where you do your page building.
- The New page title you entered in the Title and description area is now displayed at the top of your page.
- On the left hand side of the page editing area you will see a vertical content chooser. This is the toolbar for all the content you want to place on the page. Next to each icon (e.g. Media) there is a small arrow. Selecting this will open the flyout menu to reveal different content types.
If you are working on a smaller screen e.g. a laptop and need more space on the page then you can reduce the size of the content chooser by selecting the horizontal arrow at the top (see screengrab). The menu buttons are now reduced to small icons.
You can select the Text or the Image block directly as these are two of the more frequently used content items.
You can access all other content items via the individual panels:
- Media: holds blocks for files that can be displayed as links, in folders or in the case of images and videos directly in the page
- Journals: various content blocks which allow you to place your journals / journal entries into a page
- General: content items that are of a general nature
- Personal info: choose profile information or your CV to display in a block
- External: contains blocks to place RSS feeds, external media or GoogleApps documents etc. into a page
- Theme: Choose a different page design from the 6 QMUL themes in the dropdown menu. (The default theme is QMUL Hub)
3. There are two methods to place your content into the layout area of the page: A. Left mouseclick and hold on the crosshair icon relating to the resource or file type you would like to add and drag and drop the icon onto the correct position on the page you are creating. (In the screengrab below I want to place an image in the 2nd row column 1)
4. The second method of placing content onto the page is to click (rather than drag and drop) the content type. This opens a dialogue box which enables you to choose the exact place in your layout you want the content to go via a visual map of the structure. In the screenshot below I want to add some files from my content area to the second column of the second row. I select that from the visual map. Then select ADD
5. Once you have dropped your content type onto the layout area then the settings menu for that content will flyout from the right-hand side of the page. The settings for each content type are different. In this example we will add an image to the page.
6. Open the image dropdown menu to select the image we want from our files area or upload a new image.
7. In this case I select an image by clicking on the select icon (tick)
8. I elect to display the description I added when I originally uploaded the picture.
9. I don’t want the content to be in a collapsible area so I leave ‘Retractable‘ as NO.
10. Finally click SAVE
This is what my page now looks like:
11. The final step to exit ‘Edit mode’ is to click Display page
12. to start editing once more select Edit Content
Other points about pages:
- Once you have added a block to a page you can Edit it by clicking on the settings icon or Delete it by clicking on the bin.
Step 4: Share your Page
By default all pages you create in your portfolio are only visible by you. You can, however, share your pages with other individual QMplus Hub users (your tutors or fellow students for example to receive feedback), all QMplus Hub users, Groups you belong to or you can even make them publicly visible.
Please note: In this guide we look at sharing a page via page editing. There is another place in QMplus Hub where you can manage who you share your pages with. The Sharing overview page is available on the Portfolio tab -> shared by me.
To share a page via the page editing menu:
- From the page editing menu select Share page. This will open the Edit Access page.
- The page you wish to share should already be selected in the right-hand dropdown (pages).
- Select who you want to share the page with from the dropdown menu (Share with). You can:
- Search for individual users /groups or friends within QMplus Hub to share your page with.
- Share your page with The General Public, All QMplus Hub users or All of your QMplus Hub ‘friends’.
- Share with all QMplus users (same as 5 above)
- Share with any group you belong to from the list.
- Let’s follow the example of sharing the page with an individual user. For example you have been asked to share your page with a personal tutor called Kurt Wagner.
- Select search for ‘Users’ and start typing their name into the right hand textbox. This will start to search for any user with the same variables.
- You can also set a date range for that user to have the access to your page. This might be useful if you want to show an employer a view of your CV or your work but you don’t want to allow ongoing access. Select dates from the from and to date pickers.
- When you have finished configuring your sharing options remember to click SAVE. or click the Cancel button to abort the action.
- Once you have shared the page once you can add further sharing options under your first selection.
- Further options for your page are available under the ‘Advanced options‘ link (top right).
- Allow comments: This checkbox is selected by default to encourage you to allow others to comment on your pages.
- Moderate comments: If you wish to see any comment made by users you have shared it with about your page before it is made public, n.b. these comments can be seen by others who have access to the page on which the comment is made.
- Allow copying: Place a check mark in this box if you want to allow the users who can view your page / collection to make a copy of it for themselves. Any Text or Note block content, files and folders will be transferred to their portfolio. For journals or journal entries you decide separately whether they can copy them or not via the Block copy permission. Profile information, plans and CV information are not copied.
- Overriding start / stop dates: You set the time frame for when all users who have access to your page / collection can view your page. The dates here override any individual dates you may have set.
- Click the Save button to keep your changes or click the Cancel button to abort the action.
If you have not allowed comments in general, you can still choose to allow them for a certain person or group of people who are in your access list. That way you can regulate very flexibly who shall be able to place comments on a page / collection and who cannot.
Watch a video tutorial on creating a page in QMplus Hub.
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