This guide covers how to add a PebblePad assignment to a Brightspace course.


What is this?

A Blackboard course with a PebblePad assignment

Adding a PebblePad assignment within a Brightspace course gives students the option to use PebblePad's creative tools (portfolios, blogs, collections) or structured resources (templates, workbooks) to complete their work.

In addition, Instructors can use PebblePad's ATLAS assessment tools to provide feedback and grades on any submitted work - as well as co-author submissions where required.

With a PebblePad assignment added to the Brightspace course, it automatically provides:

  • Enrolment sync - the Brightspace classlist matched to the ATLAS workspace
  • Single Sign-On - Students directed to Pebble+ / Instructors directed to ATLAS workspace
  • Grade sync - grades given in ATLAS workspace automatically passed back to Brightspace Grades

This guide covers only the set-up of a PebblePad assignment and does not include direct linking the assignment to a PebblePad resource, or auto-submitting to the ATLAS workspace. For more on these, please see:

Add Resource to Assignment
Auto-submit a Resource

How To Set-up

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Requires the user to be enrolled as an Instructor or Course Designer on the Brightspace course.

  • Select the course's Content section from the main menu, 
  • Select the required section from the Table of Contents sidebar
  • Within the section, select the Existing Activities button
  • From the dropdown, select External Learning Tools
  • In the pop-up modal, choose PebblePad Assignment option
  • A new content item will be added to the Brightspace page

  • Use the Bulk Edit button to update the link's details
  • Select the title, and type to rename it.
  • Select the Add a description, type in the text area, and Update button to confirm
  • Select the Done Editing button when complete

3. Create ATLAS workspace

  • Select the assignment title to open the ATLAS set-up wizard. 
  • The ATLAS workspace title will be match the Brightspace course.
  • Set to Active mode.
  • Select the Finish button.
  • Close the ATLAS browser tab to return to Brightspace.

The Brightspace course classlist will be synchronised to the ATLAS workspace, with roles matching as below.

InstructorInstructorLead Tutor
Teaching AssistantTeaching AssistantTutor
AdvisorNo matching roleN/A
Anonymous GraderNo matching roleN/A

For more, see the guide: Adjusted role mappings

The above process will create a corresponding ATLAS workspace which the Brightspace course is linked to, and a PebblePad assignment within the ATLAS workspace.

Student View

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Requires the user to be enrolled as a Student on the Brightspace course.

1. Open PebblePad

Select the assignment title to open PebblePad.

The link uses role recognition to detect a student user and direct them towards Pebble+.

2. Navigate Pebble+

Landing on the Pebble+ dashboard, you have full access to Get Creative or custom templates and resources.

Instructor View

Requires the user to be enrolled as an Instructor, Course Builder or Teaching Assistant on the Brightspace course.

1. Open PebblePad

Select the assignment title to open PebblePad in a new tab window.

The link uses role recognition to direct the user straight to the linked ATLAS workspace.

2. Navigate ATLAS workspace

Use the workspace's menu to access submissions, enrolments and settings.

Also see:
Grade Synchronisation