PebblePad News

Updates from PebblePad HQ plus the lowdown on our work out in the field with our fantastic customers.


We've done it again! The University of the Sunshine Coast and PebblePad scoop platinum LearnX Award.

SEPTEMBER 3rd 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

2019 has seen PebblePad partner with more trailblazing customers to showcase their innovative practice and take out another Platinum Award in the LearnX Live! Awards. Sarah Burkhart, Dana Craven and Anita Hamilton from the University of the Sunshine Coast won Best Blended Learning Model for their approach using a flipped classroom model to support their learners. The team members teach in Nutrition, Dietetics and Occupational Therapy degrees in USC's School of Health and Sport Sciences. The LearnX Live! Awards are an international awards program that recognises multiple fields within talent management across the corporate, education and public-service sectors. Learn more here.


Demand for PebblePad in medical education is accelerating

AUGUST 14th 2019

Wednesday 14th August 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

Medical education is a challenging and ever-changing discipline. As a result, medical educators are continually searching for new teaching and technology tools to prepare doctors for the crucial role they'll fulfil once they graduate. This short blog post from a new-ish addition to Team PebblePad, Paul Duvall, Implementation Specialist and resident expert on all things medical education, focuses on the current challenges faced by medical schools and discusses how PebblePad's Learning Journey Platform can offer solutions to overcome them. The blog post also contains links to our new medical education page and publication, which both contain several case studies (including an award-winning example) from the world of medicine and the healthcare sector. Read the blog post here


Customer stories - Blended Learning Designs in STEM Higher Education

MAY 7th 2019

Tuesday 7th May 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

Ever since their inception, ‘eportfolios’ seem to have been typically associated with showcasing examples of completed work, rather than for sharing and receiving feedback on work, projects and ideas in progress. And while examples of portfolio practice have often come from disciplines like nursing and teaching, we have over our years of PebblePaddling (15 and counting) heard about innovative examples of eportfolio practice in many other disciplines, but often these have been viewed as atypical. How wonderful then for personal learning advocates and the wider STEM community to have at their disposal the excellent collection of use cases brought together by the superb team in Griffith Sciences. Learn more here


From novices to experts. An up close and personal look at PebbleBash 2018

APRIL 5th 2019

Friday 5th April 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

Our international conference, PebbleBash, is something special – this is not just the idle boast of your proud hosts and organisers, but something our delegates tell us after every PebbleBash event. So we thought it fitting to invite two of our 2018 attendees, one for whom it was their first PebbleBash experience and the other a veteran of three, to share their reflections on the conference and a little of what they have taken away from the experience. You can read their reflections here.


New blog post - What is PebblePad? Charting the epic journey from fledging eportfolio to Learning Journey Platform.

MARCH 13th 2019

Wednesday 13th March 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

Reflecting on how we have arrived at PebblePad: The Learning Journey Platform, our Founder, CEO, and Chief Mischief Maker, Shane Sutherland, has put pen to paper (or fingers to computer keys) to tell the story of the PebblePad journey. Read the blog post here


PebblePad helps shape the conversation around the ethical use of data

FEBRUARY 12th 2019

Tuesday 12th February 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

As a company committed to being part of important edtech conversations we are delighted to see our contribution in the ALT response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics and their inquiry into the future of technology & data ethics. Read more about the inquiry and our contribution to the conversation.


New blog post - Three ways to build sustainable change in Higher Education through the use of technology.

FEBRUARY 1st 2019

Friday 1st February 20191/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

Here at PebblePad we think about sustainability as making smart choices in everyday practice and we believe technology has a big part to play. That's why our latest blog post offers three ideas, supported by some award-winning examples of practice, on how to build sustainable change in Higher Education through the clever use of technology.


New blog post - Five learner-centred strategies to boost student engagement and retention.

OCTOBER 25th 2018

Thursday 25th October 20181/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

In our recent review of teaching and learning strategies from 50 universities across the globe, student retention featured at the heart of many of the strategies. Indeeds, 72% of strategies from universities outside of the current top 100 rankings had retention as a focus area. The latest PebblePad blog post offers up three critical success factors for promoting engagement and five practical strategies for boosting the chances of students completing their studies. 


12 terrific ALT Conference experiences already in the PebblePad locker. Will number 13 be our best yet?

SEPTEMBER 6th 2018

Thursday 6th September 20181/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

For the past 13 years, PebblePad has been a part of the ALT journey – even longer for company founders, Shane and Colin, who were presenting their VLE work at ALTC 2001 (Edinburgh), and who actually began chatting about building something PebblePad-like while at the 2002 ALTC (Sunderland) - no doubt over a biscuit or cake. And ALTC 2005 (Manchester) has a special place in PebblePad's history, as it was the event where PebblePad was launched as a commercial product. We're delighted to be attending ALTC 2018 in what will be the 25th conference for the Association of Learning Technology. 


Hooray! PebblePad and our wonderful customers come out on top at the LearnX Impact Awards.

AUGUST 6th 2018

Monday 6th August 20181/1/2100 12:12:00 PM

We are thrilled to announce that, in partnership with two of our wonderful Australian customers, we have won two Platinum LearnX Impact Awards. Congratulations are in order for the Griffith University Personal Learning Environment team and the Murdoch University Bachelor of Nursing team for being recognised as Platinum winners in the 2018 Awards for their hugely successful PebblePad implementations. You can learn more over on the PebblePad Blog.