Consider Me: Streamlining admissions at the Royal College of Art

"The RCA wanted to reduce the focus on interviews and increase the focus on assessing the products, projects and outputs of an applicant; interviews were to be used for clarification rather than by default as in previous years.

PebblePad was seen as a flexible tool which allowed us to gather this content in a user friendly way and also allowed us to review and collect the data of application effectively."

Juli MacArthur & Emma Bayne, Royal College of Art, UK

Themes: Admissions; Managing administration workflows; Online assessment; Reporting

PebblePad features:  Workbooks; ATLAS; Scorecards; Multiple workspaces; Reporting

Source:  PebbleBash case study (2020)

Implementing ATLAS to facilitate the double-blind marking of dissertations at the School of Divinity

"When it comes to facilitating the online marking of submissions, PebblePad is promoted at the University of Edinburgh alongside other solutions such as Blackboard Learn and Turnitin. During the last few years, a very large number of the University of Edinburgh courses have moved their assessment exercises from paper-based to online." 

Mate Varadi & Robert Chmielewski, University of Edinburgh, UK

Themes: Online assessment; Managing administration workflows; Double-blind marking

PebblePad features:  ATLAS; Double-blind marking; Multiple workspaces; Feedback templates

Source:  PebbleBash case study (2020)

Using PebblePad in a creative environment

"The use of PebblePad in a creative environment provided some fantastic opportunities but also created some challenges. From a teaching perspective, PebblePad provided the ideal platform to ensure well-organised delivery and assessment of each of the required criteria against the required knowledge domains. Student feedback indicated that they appreciated the clear structure of the course and content." 

Henry Skates, David Green, Celia Brooke, Zahra Hamedani, Julie Crough & Christopher Allan, Griffith University, AU

Themes: Architecture; Competency; Program accreditation

PebblePad features: Workbooks; Rubrics

Source:  PebbleBash case study (2020)

The use of PebblePad with First Year Undergraduates to aid transition and retention, support employability and the development of the life-long learner

"The module was set up with employability at its heart but this is underscored by the team’s desire to educate the whole person by offering space for the students to reflect upon their experiences of the first five weeks of Semester 1. The use of technology enhanced learning to provide this reflective space worked much more effectively than first hoped and the students showed evidence of beginning to talk and think about how they learn."

Dr Ken Fox and Jane Milton, School of Creative Arts & Industries, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Themes: Employability, Transition, Reflection

PebblePad Features: Portfolios

Canterbury Christ Church University website (2020)

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"I wanted to find a non-traditional means of assessment that allowed students to express themselves as creatively as possible, while still encouraging research and presentation skills, and team work."

Dr. Joanne Berry, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology, Swansea University, UK 

Themes: eAssessment, Group Work, Peer Review

PebblePad feature: Portfolios

Source: PebbleBash paper (2016)

Is it acceptable to remotely supervise placement students electronically via their eportfolio reflective learning blogs?

"After the initial pilot we now supervise every student placement in this way. The method has now been in operation for 4 years... Student grades have improved and electronic diary entries are, on average, more than twice the length of their paper-based equivalents."

Pritpal Singh Sembi, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, University of Wolverhampton,UK

Themes: ReflectioneAssessmentPlacement

PebblePad features: Blogs, Templates

Source: PebbleBash paper (2012)

PebblePad profiles for enhanced employability and reflexivity in the arts

"As soon as PebblePad was introduced at the university, I saw its potential as a tool for personal reflection, leading on to empowerment through understanding and ability to articulate one’s own skills and competencies."

Eti Wade, University of West London, UK

Themes: ReflectionGraduate AttributesEmployability

Source: PebbleBash paper (2012)

Improving results and student experience through the application of the BLPAS (Blended Learning Phased Assessment Strategy) framework to a cohort of 200 level 5 students

"The phased assessment method through PebblePad has proven to be a success in terms of the learning experience for the student and the results achieved."

Ingrid Kanuga,  The London School of Hospitality and Tourism, University of West London, UK

Themes: e-Assessment, Placement, Graduate Attributes, Employability

PebblePad features: Portfolios

Source: PebbleBash paper (2012)

Student Example, Creative Expressive Therapies

"I would advise lecturers / course designers who are thinking of using PebblePad for course work, to offer hands-on sessions so that students can learn to use it and gain confidence before having to complete their assignments on it."

Ruth Barnsley, University of Derby, UK

Themes: Employability

PebblePad feature: Portfolios

Source: PebbleBash paper (2012)