Set up your PebblePad assignment through the LMS

This page will guide you through the process of setting up a PebblePad assignment and the related steps with PebblePad ATLAS.

LMS Assignments will act as an access point to host the PebblePad ATLAS platform.

This guide will be a step-by-step process on setting up a PebblePad assignment and will cover the following in sequential order:

  1. Setting up an assignment page through the LMS subject
  2. Embedding a PebblePad link in the assignment instructions
  3. Setting up PebblePad ATLAS as a submission portal
  4. Setting up the ATLAS assignment space
  5. Activate the ATLAS workspace


Requirements before you get started:

  • PebblePad and ATLAS have been set up in your LMS subject
  • You have permissions to create assignments in ATLAS for the subject (Lead tutor under the ‘Manager’ settings in the workspace or region of ATLAS)
  • You have already created or have access to the PebblePad resources you wish to embed in your LMS subject.

Sample manager highlighted under the Manager tab in the Management section of PebblePad ATLAS


  1. Setting up an assignment page through the LMS subject

    1. In Subject Navigation, click the Assignments link.

    LMS vertical navigation menu with Assignments page highlighted

    1. Select the blue + Assignment button on the top right corner.

    Blue assignment button highlighted

    A window will pop up for you to fill in the assignment details. This is where you put in all the relevant assignment information for students as you normally would.

  2. Embedding a PebblePad link in the assignment instructions

    LMS Assignment page rich content editor with plugin icon highlighted

    Once you have completed the information for students, you can embed a link to the PebblePad resource you have already created for them to complete. Click on the plugin symbol Plugin symbol in the wysiwyg editor(See plugin icon circled on the image above) in the rich content editor tool menu.

    1. Select the plugin icon.
    2. Click View All from the drop-down options.

    Options from plug in icon link with ‘View All’ option highlighted

    1. Select PebblePad Resources from the list of LTI tools.
    2. After this, select PebblePad Resources.

    LTI Apps window in the LMS with PebblePad Resources highlighted

    1. This will open a popup window that shows available PebblePad resources. To do this, please click on the green button - Select Resources’ to embed the relevant resource.

    PebblePad Resources window with ‘Select Resource’ button highlighted

    • Only templates in your Resource store, as well as the generic templates, can be embedded via the Select Resources button. Any documents within your Assets Store will not be available in this window. You will need to covert assets into resources to embed these through this method.
    • For any new students who do not have an existing PebblePad ATLAS account, they may not be able to access the resource through the embedded links until 24 hours later due to the syncing of account updates.
    1. The deep link from your PebblePad has been embedded in the LMS page as a hyperlink with the text PebblePad Launch. Feel free to edit the hyperlink text and add the relevant assignment information above.

    ’PebblePad Launch’ highlighted in the Assignment page Rich Content Editor

  3. Setting up PebblePad ATLAS as a submission portal

    1. In Submission Type click the drop-down menu.

    Submission Type setting with ‘Online’ highlighted

    1. Select External Tool.
    2. Click on the Find button to embed the ATLAS too link.

    External tool assignment type selected with the ‘Find’ button highlighted to find the external tool URL

    1. Click on PebblePad ATLAS and then click Select.

    Configure External Tool window with ‘PebblePad ATLAS’ highlighted

    1. Select Load this tool in a new tab to allow students to load ATLAS in a new browser tab.

    External Tool assignment type with ‘Load This Tool in A New Tab’ box ticked

    It is best practice to load the ATLAS link in a new tab so students still have access to the LMS.

    1. Complete the rest of your LMS assignment settings and click Save or Save & Publish.
  4. Activate the ATLAS workspace

    If this is the first assignment in the LMS using PebblePad ATLAS, you may need to activate the workspace. The following steps will assist:

    1. In the LMS assignment page, select the Load ATLAS button which is under the plagiarism declaration paragraph. This will navigate you to another tab where you will start to active the ATLAS workspace for the subject.

    Load ATLAS button in LMS Assignment page

    1. Select Create a brand new workspace option and then the Continue button.

    Create a brand new workspace option selected when setting up a workspace for the first time in ATLAS for a subject

    1. Ensure the workspace is set to the appropriate region. Normally this is not an issue since you will only have access to one region as a manager.

    Region option highlighted when creating a new workspace for a subject in ATLAS

    1. Select the pages you wish to be visible to you and other teaching staff in this ATLAS workspace. It is recommended to only select submissions and resources as these are the main pages which will be used in ATLAS.
    2. Select Continue to proceed.

    Relevant pages selected to be viewable in the workplace (submissions and resources)

    1. You will be navigated to the Managers tab which will list all the existing managers in ATLAS. These have been transferred from all the staff roles in the LMS. Editing the level of managers (eg Lead tutors and tutors) can be edited later.

    ’Managers’ tab in ATLAS workspace

    1. When you are navigated to the Members tab, you will find a list of all students which have been transferred from the LMS.

    If any new students have been added to the LMS, this will be reflected in ATLAS immediately once you have refreshed ATLAS._’Members’ tab in ATLAS workspace

    1. Select the ‘Activate’ button to confirm the creation of the workplace.

    ’Activate’ button highlighted in ATLAS

    1. Click ‘Continue’ to finalise the creation of the workplace.

    ’Continue’ button selected to confirm creation of workplace in ATLAS

  5. Setting up the ATLAS assignment space

    In order for students to submit to ATLAS, you will need activate ATLAS and create the assignment space in ATLAS.

    1. Go to Assignments on the LMS subject menu navigation
    2. Select the assignment that has PebblePad ATLAS linked as a submission method .
    3. Select the ATLAS button link which is at the bottom, just after the plagiarism declaration.

    Sample Assignment 1 page with PebblePad ATLAS external tool button highlighted

      Select member-initiated submissions - which is the conventional submission settings.

    Create an assignment page in ATLAS with ‘member initiated submissions’ option selected

    1. Select Submission viewer 2 which features a more effective interface for marking. Only select Submission viewer 1 if you are using scorecards for grading.

    Submission View 2 option selected

    1. Select the relevant submission window dates. Definitions of deadline settings can be found in this guide.

    If your assignment is set to autosubmit, you may not need to fill out the last three submission window dates.Assignment deadline date settings options outlined in ATLAS

    1. Review the other settings such as file upload types and whether you wish to permanently lock assets for submission. After you are happy with the settings, click Save.

    If you allow students to submit multiple times before the due date, it is best to not permanently locking assets upon submission.Option to ‘Permanently lock assets upon submission’ and save button highlighted

This guide was last updated 29 Mar 2022.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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