PebblePad is the University of Leeds e-portfolio tool. It helps students create and keep together records of learning, achievement, and career aspirations that is underpinned by personal, professional and academic development. Staff also have the opportunity to develop a personal portfolio that might include their own career development, research and scholarship activities. It can be used in many flexible ways, either self-directed by a user, or by staff who create structured assignments for students to complete.
Everything a user uploads to PebblePad is private unless they decide to use the secure sharing capabilities to share content with an individual or group of people e.g., potential employer, tutor, research community, examiner or submit it for assessment/feedback.
Work is set and marked via a part of PebblePad called ATLAS which can be linked to the Blackboard Grade Centre. Staff use ATLAS to manage submissions, monitor progress, provide formative and summative feedback and apply grades.
Students can apply for an Alumni Account, and keep using the system after completing their studies which continues the LeedsforLife ethos.
Anything a user uploads or creates in PebblePad is called an Asset, these can be files, records of learning, achievement or goals and can be targeted toward a particular purpose. An Asset contains personal content – information about you or something you have done that makes it meaningful. You own your Assets and have full control over editing and who it is shared with. Staff and students can share Assets with other users, publicly on the web or to a workspace for assessment.
PebblePad provide 5 default resources, these are blank templates available to staff and students to use to create Assets, these are particularly useful for self-reflection and evidencing:
Blogs are made up of posts or records that are then displayed in chronological order.
Page is a single page evidence-based website, which can be used to present stories about your activities, learning, personal profile, etc. A Page can contain images and videos, it can also contain links to other Assets or to external items on the internet.
Collections are a single page list of individual assets that have been pulled together based on a criteria you specify (e.g. tags, asset type, date range). Collections can be static or dynamic so that new assets that meet the criteria are automatically added. You can add titles and subtitles to your collection to build a fuller picture of why it was put together.
Portfolios bring together two or more assets (typically Pages, but can include blogs and collections) into a website style portfolio presentation. They are a really good way of collating information and evidence.
Activity Logs give users a space to record the hours they spent on an activity. It can also detail the target number of hours. When users create assets, they have the option to add information about how much time they spent creating the asset. Users can then add the asset to their activity log, which will automatically calculate the total time spent on the activity.
Staff can also set up their own templates to create task-based resources, which are then filled in by students for specific learning tasks. Individual templates can be bound together into workbooks for a student to work through. Once a student completes a task-based resource, it becomes an asset for the student. Templates and Workbooks can be made available over time for students to record their development and achievements (e.g., evidencing of placements with fields for supervisors to sign off).
Students can also download PebblePocket, the companion app to PebblePad to create content whilst off-line which can then be synchronized to their account when they next have internet access, enabling them to reflect and evidence on the go.
The IT Knowledge base has several guides for staff and students on how to use PebblePad. The following guides should help you get started:
To start exploring PebblePad go to https://v3.pebblepad.co.uk/login/leeds/ and select ‘Sign in with your University account’.
If you are keen to get started and look around, we recommend watching 6 short one-minute introductory videos which you can find in the IT Knowledge Base, see PebblePad Guide: 6 Minute Onboarding
For a more interactive introduction to PebblePad, live training is currently being run via Microsoft Teams. There is a variety of sessions available covering the basics of portfolios, workbooks and more advanced topics including an introduction to using PebblePad ATLAS for assessment. You can find and book all the upcoming training sessions in the Course Catalogue.
If you’re unable to make these training sessions, there are recordings of previous sessions available to watch via Microsoft Stream:
There are several ways to access help and support from within PebblePad once you are logged in. The Learning Centre is a good place to start, it contains short how-to videos, a useful glossary and tip sheets:
You can also open the Burger Menu to find the Help and support section; this contains in-depth help guides covering a wide range of topics:
PebblePad also has a community support site where you can see what’s new, follow forums or individual topics and receive a fortnightly ‘What’s new in the Community’ digest. For further information see PebblePad Community Support.
If you are a member of staff looking for support with developing academic or related content in PebblePad, please complete this form.
Support is also available via the University of Leeds IT Self Service website; you can log a request or incident using the Log a general Request or Log an Incident form.
PebblePad have a number of case studies on their website, spanning from degree apprenticeships, clinical assessment, interprofessional education, showcase portfolios, and many other contexts and disciplines, see PebblePad Case Studies.
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