PebblePad is Duke’s New ePortfolio Tool

list of items to create in PebblePad

PebblePad was adopted at the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year as the university’s ePortfolio tool. PebblePad allows students, faculty, and staff to create websites, blogs, and reflections to share privately or publish for public audiences such as potential employers. Because materials can be gathered easily for review, instructors and advisors can develop an ongoing dialogue with students about their learning and track student progress at the course and department level. Another feature is the ability to request an alumni account after leaving the university.

All Duke users are welcome to learn how to use the tool and begin using it now. You are also invited to attend a series of training and demonstration events during the Spring 2017 semester (see below). Registration is preferred.

There are faculty mentors available to work with individuals and departments to create resources and get up and running in PebblePad. Please note, during this implementation year, some aspects of introducing a new tool to Duke are being addressed, such as technical integration and support.

Questions about PebblePad should be sent to portfolio@duke.edu. More information is available about the use of portfolios at Duke and other universities and guides for using and implementing PebblePad.


The Use of PebblePad in Nursing Curricula (Murdoch University, Perth)

February 13, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Duke School of Nursing, Pearson 3103
Nursing instructors, Drs. Caroline Nielson and Martin Hopkins, will discuss the use of PebblePad to support the undergraduate Nursing program at their university. They will address questions such as how PebblePad helps to track of degree requirements and student development. This WebEx session will be recorded in case you cannot make the early time slot.

A First Glance at PebblePad (Introductory Training)

March 1, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:30PM
Bostock 023
Amy Anderson, a faculty mentor for PebblePad, will walk you through creating your first portfolio items in PebblePad, plus how to create assignments for students (or others) to complete. In addition, she will explore the reasons to utilize PebblePad for reflection and for student stories of learning. You can either bring a laptop or use a lab computer.

Examples of Student and Instructional Portfolios (Portland State University)

March 8, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bostock 024
Molly Griffith (Associate Director, Office of Academic Innovation) and Zapoura Newton-Calvert (Faculty in Residence for Engagement) have helped to shape the use of PebblePad at Portland State University. They will reveal some of the professional portfolios being developed by students, speak to the kinds of departments and organizations using PebblePad on campus, and explore how PebblePad is implemented in the classroom.

Using PebblePad for Collaboration and Peer Review (Advanced Training)

March 28, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bostock 023
Join mentors, Elise Mueller and Denise Comer, for an advanced training session. It will cover how to organize collaboration in PebblePad (i.e. student group work or materials for multi-instructor courses), as well as how to use sets in Atlas to organize peer review. Along with hands-on instruction, we will look at examples of this kind of work in PebblePad. You can either bring a laptop or use a lab computer.

A First Glance at PebblePad (Introductory Training)

April 14, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bostock 023
Elise Mueller, a mentor for PebblePad, will walk you through creating your first portfolio items in PebblePad, plus how to create assignments for students to complete. In addition, she will explore the reasons to utilize PebblePad for reflection and for student stories of learning. You can either bring a laptop or use a lab computer.

Duke PebblePad Showcase and Lunch 

April 27, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
TBA
To mark the end of the pilot year of PebblePad, please join the early adopters to learn about their use of portfolio materials. This will include examples of student reflections and portfolios, the implementation of portfolios for departmental assessment, and examples of instructor assignments developed.

 

Author: Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Elise Mueller is the consultant for the language departments at Duke. Her goal is to help instructors explore the best ways to support language acquisition through technology. As a member of Sakai group, Elise leads training sessions, troubleshoots technical issues, and develops documentation of the support site. More recently, she has assisted faculty with the planning and development of Coursera courses. Her interests include using multimedia in the classroom, emerging models of higher education and e-learning,  and experiential learning.