PebblePad is an ePortfolio platform used to develop digital portfolios (ePortfolios) and curate and manage evidence of reflection, learning, assessment and professional development.
What is PebblePad?
PebblePad is a comprehensive ePortfolio platform that can be used to develop digital portfolios and supports activities related to reflection, evidence collection and curation for assessment, employability and lifelong learning purposes. Staff and students can use PebblePad to create and curate their own ePortfolios and other related artefacts.
PebblePad can be used to develop digital portfolios of work (ePortfolios), blogs, reflections and other artefacts across the course or as part of a student or staff member’s own personal or professional journey. Both staff and students have access to use PebblePad for their own personal or professional use.
In addition, teaching staff have the ability to create custom templates and digital worksheets, workbooks and other resources relevant for teaching and learning purposes. They can then share them with students to fill in, and have students submit these and/or other student-created artefacts for assessment purposes. Typically, this sharing and assessment occurs through PebblePad’s assessment space, ATLAS. Refer to Teaching and learning applications for more information.
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What is an ePortfolio?
An ePortfolio is a digital body of work which has been created for a particular function. It may include resources that students and staff create to document their learning journey or evidence of work practice, such as reflections, drafts and scripts, and other experiential learnings.
What is ATLAS?
PebblePad is accompanied by ATLAS (Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment Space). ATLAS is the platform where students submit assignments and where staff manage and mark assignment submissions. For more information see What is the difference between PebblePad and ATLAS?
Teaching and learning applications
As an ePortfolio generation tool, PebblePad can be used for a wide range of applications such as:
- Ongoing workbook activities throughout the semester
- Developmental portfolios for academic and lifelong learning
- Professional, outward-facing digital portfolios, such as showcasing skills and work to employers or professional bodies
- Supporting Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and placement activities
- Reflection for personal learning and development
- Supporting competency framework mapping and self-assessment
- Interactive websites or CVs
- Blogs and reflective journals.
Access and licensing
Both staff and students have access to use PebblePad for their own personal or professional use.
You can access PebblePad via https://shib.pebblepad.co.uk/unimelb.php.
Your account will be created upon first use. You may be prompted to authenticate your account upon first use and occasionally at other times, using Multifactor Authentication (MFA).
Note that to use PebblePad for assessment purposes within the LMS as part of teaching and learning activities, a link and assessment workspace will need to be set up between PebblePad and the LMS subject.
To request PebblePad access for your LMS subject, lecturers/subject coordinators can submit a Learning Environments Support Ticket. You will need to undergo a consultation with a Learning Environments representative as part of this process, to discuss your needs.
Students and staff can continue to access and use their PebblePad account after they leave The University of Melbourne by setting up a PebblePad personal alumni account.
You can create an account to begin exploring PebblePad for your own professional development and use via the PebblePad login page. From there you will have the ability to create reflections, blogs and portfolios for your own purposes.
Using PebblePad in subjects for teaching and assessment
PebblePad is a tool which is currently rolled out as a Pilot Project across a range of courses and programs at the University. If you are looking to use PebblePad, it is recommended that a course level approach (usually at least four subjects at 12.5 credit points each, 50 credit points in total) will provide best results for students and staff.
We are also supporting use in subjects in other specific purposes such as Work Integrated Learning or placements.
If you are interested in booking a consultation to discuss the use of PebblePad within your course or for specific needs that are best aligned with a portfolio approach, please submit a Learning Environments support request.
If you are already using PebblePad within your subject/s or course and require further support, please submit an LE support request. To support students with using PebblePad, you can direct them to the support resources available at LMS support for students.
Copyright materials: All materials uploaded on PebblePad by staff and students must comply with copyright. Academic staff and students will own the copyright and intellectual property of all materials which they have generated themselves. Users will be reminded of this when uploading and sharing their work. More information on copyright can be found at the University Copyright Office.
Support and resources
PebblePad is supported by Learning Environments. For assistance submit a support request.