Zero waste learning: Incorporating the 5E model into PebblePad

Eddie van Etten & Heather Pate (2021) Edith Cowan University


During the planning of a new postgraduate unit in waste management, we were attracted to Pebblepad because of its versatility in design frameworks and tools which allowed us to construct interactive learning modules that enabled students to engage with, explore, reflect on (explain), elaborate on and evaluate the content (i.e. application of the 5E education model). Additionally it aligned with our aim to implement a paperless system of study and assessment (to put into practice what was being taught in the unit). This presentation (entitled: “Zero Waste Learning: Incorporating the 5E model into Pebblepad”) is a summary of how we designed the learning experience in Pebblepad,  and the initial successes and lessons learnt in the first year of its implementation.


Eddie van Etten, School of Science, and Heather Pate, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Edith Cowan University, WA





PebblePad to Support Students During Co-operative Work Terms

Chris Rennick (2019) University of Waterloo


In this presentation Chris Rennick shares how he uses PebblePad workbooks to engage students in hands-on engineering design experiences and authentic research activities in their co-operative work term in the Ideas Clinic at the University of Waterloo. Chris introduces us to the concept of “magnificent failures” where students reflect on what didn’t work as planned and what they learned from these experiences. The space in which students can record and reflect on their experiences reminds them of all the work they have done and makes the end term evaluation a smoother process for both the students and the evaluator.


Chris Rennick, Faculty of Engineering, Ideas Clinic, University of Waterloo