Wednesday, 12 December 2018

PebblePad - pedagogy, positives and pitfalls: A DIY approach to creating Workbooks

On the 12 December 2018, me and my colleague Rachel Evans delivered the following webinar for the Association for Learning Technology Winter Conference 2018.

Day 2 - my colleague and I will be delivering the webinar: '@PebblePad – pedagogy, positives and pitfalls: A DIY approach to creating Workbooks.' #altc

Below is the proposal we put forward followed by the presentation recordings.

In October 2017, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) commenced a successful one-year pilot scheme to use PebblePad, with a remit to explore a new digital technology that would enable wider opportunities to support formative, summative and synoptic assessment as well as continuing CPD and Degree Apprenticeships.  By April 2018, it was clear that PebblePad was the preferred tool to support NTU’s innovative learning and teaching ambitions and it was announced that NTU would move from pilot to service.  From September 2018 onwards, PebblePad has been rolled out institution-wide, offering a self-service option for all NTU staff and students to access via the Virtual Learning Environment.

In this session, Daniel Scott and Rachel Evans - Digital Practice Advisers from the university’s Organisational Development team - will draw on their knowledge, skills and experience from being the staff-facing ‘PebblePad helpdesk’ throughout the pilot scheme and transition to service.  Daniel and Rachel will provide an overview of three case studies focussing on NTU colleagues who created three very different PebblePad Workbooks for their students.  They will explain what worked well, what didn’t and what could be improved as a result of positive experimentation.  The webinar will conclude with their own recommendations around PebblePad Workbook design, developed through their understanding and practice when delivering workshops on a range of PebblePad topics to NTU colleagues from a variety of subject disciplines.  This session will be useful for those thinking about the following questions:

  • Who will create my Workbook for me?
  • What kinds of Workbooks can I create?
  • Why do I need to create a Workbook?
  • When is best to use a Workbook?
  • Where and how will a Workbook be accessed?
  • What kinds of Workbooks have been successful for employability, revision and a subject?