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Learning portfolio (PebblePad)

PebblePad is the learning ePortfolio used by ECU. It is useful in the classroom because it allows students to take control of their own learning. PebblePad provides scaffolding to students, giving them skills that can be directly integrated into their working life.

PebblePad is much more than an ePortfolio. It is a Personal Learning Space being used in learning contexts as diverse as schools, colleges, universities and professional bodies; by learners, teachers and assessors; for Personal Development Planning, Continuing Professional Development, and Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

PebblePad incorporates:

  • collaboration
  • self and peer assessment
  • planning and reflection
  • collection of evidence
  • demonstration of outcomes

Resources

  • PebblePad in Practice – This page provides a wealth of resources to case studies and recorded presentation, subdivided into discipline specific areas.
  • Further ExemplarsLook here for inspiration or ideas.
  • PebblePad Blogideas for the educator looking to transform the learning journey.  Topics include STEM, student retention, employability, life long learning and many others…
  • Designing for Future Readiness – This suite of resources has been designed to support you in the use of PebblePad to plan purposeful activities that prompt learners to explore, define and express their developing talents and capabilities.
  • PebblegogyA downloadable book designed to assist in creating meaningful activities to support curricula.  Although published in 2011 for an earlier version of PebblePad, the underpinning philosophy and pedagogical approach still holds true.
  • Case Studies – PebblePad case studies from national and international universities, subdivided into discipline specific areas.
  • Use Cases – PebblePad use cases from various international universities published from PebbleBash 2016.
  • Publications - articles that are for the most part specifically about PebblePad use, and to journals that publish articles of interest about eportfolios and pedagogy.

PebblePad is a Personal Learning Environment consisting of two main tools: Pebble+ and ATLAS

Pebble+

Pebble+ is a private, secure Personal Learning Space that provides you with a space to record a myriad of experiences, make sense of your learning and collect your assets into powerful presentations that reflect your growth, knowledge and capability - all supported by a host of structured and reflective templates.

ATLAS

ATLAS is a separate space, which stands for 'Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment Space'.   ATLAS is an Institutional Space that supports active teaching, learning and assessment. It is the space where learners, organised into groups in workspaces, will typically submit their work for feedback, peer review or validation. ATLAS facilitates activities like blind and double blind marking, external review, grading and assessment archiving.

All staff and students have access, using the same Username and Password you use to access your University email account.

Access to Pebble+ and ATLAS

You can access Pebble+ from the Staff Portal web page (or Student Portal).  From the Easy Logins menu, select Learning Portfolio.

Alternatively, you can direct students to an activity or assessment using PebblePad by creating a link to Pebble+ and ATLAS in a Blackboard unit site.  Instructions on how to create a link in Blackboard are located in the section - Creating a Workspace in ATLAS in the Quick Guide titled “How to create a link from Blackboard to ATLAS”.

Quick Guides

  • Clearing your browser cache - This can sometimes fix minor display problems or errors.  The following link provides browser specific instructions to clearing the cache.

Videos

An asset is a file you upload or a “Creative” item you develop in Pebble+.

When you save an item in PebblePad, such as a Portfolio or filled out Workbook, they become Assets in your Asset Store. Assets contain personal content that can be used to showcase as a record of learning.

Introduction: What is an Asset? (video)

Quick Guides

Videos

Templates and workbooks are designed to provide a structure for your learning or reflections. They include fillable areas with prompts and spaces for you to add your thoughts, responses and evidence.

A template is just single page 'empty' form, when completed and saved becomes an asset in your PebblePad store. Some templates can be completed many times (resulting in many assets) whilst others are single-use only.

At their simplest, workbooks are simply binders for multiple templates. However, workbooks can also be created as interactive multi-page learning packages that can contain course content, media and links to other resources. They become personalised as you add your responses, thoughts and reflections.

Introduction: What is a Resource? (video)

Quick Guides

Videos

ATLAS is the Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment Space. It contains workspaces set up by teaching staff to manage activities and assessment in PebblePad. Students might be asked to share their assets for assessment to a workspace - teaching staff can then view and mark student submissions via the same workspace.

The ATLAS workspace connects to both student class-lists and to Blackboard's Grade Centre

  • it is essential that lecturers create an ATLAS space in order to collect submissions.
  • If your ATLAS space corresponds to a particular Blackboard site, you will need to create a new one each time the unit runs, as ATLAS sites do not roll over.
  • You can base an ATLAS site off a previous site by copying that old site - see instructions here

NOTE: If you are unable to create an ATLAS workspace, you may not have the required 'Creator' level access in ATLAS.  You can request this access by contacting eLearning Assist (contact details at the end of this page).

Introduction: An overview of ATLAS (video)

Quick Guides

Videos

Teaching staff can view and provide feedback and/or marks on assets submitted to the workspace by students.  When an instructor releases marks and feedback on their Asset, students will receive an email notification. They can click on either of the links in the email to open the Asset in Pebble+ or log in to PebblePad and access marks and feedback via their Asset store.

Quick Guides

Videos

Students can convert their ECU PebblePad accounts into alumni accounts, which will allow them to continue using it as they further develop in their careers. The process is:

  • free, and gives them an account that can be used forever
  • easy to do (see steps here, PDF opens in new window )
  • best done before leaving ECU (if only so they don't need to phone ECU's IT Services for help getting back into ECU's systems)
  • PebblePad Glossary - A glossary of commonly used terms for PebblePad and ATLAS (requires login)
  • PebblePad Webinar - webinar recordings on a variety of PebblePad topics from various international universities

Training and Support

To register for upcoming PebblePad workshops, visit the Staff Development Calendar.

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