Introduction to PebblePlus (CTE7527)

Monday, September 21, 2020 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Location: Online

Facilitator: Katherine Lithgow (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


PebblePad supports students as they plan and prepare for learning, record and reflect on curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, and curate and showcase evidence of this learning for different audiences including instructors, peers, external assessors, and prospective employers.

Instructors can use PebblePad to create and share a one-page template or multi-page workbook with embedded content (including multimedia), prompts, and questions to scaffold student learning. Students review the content and respond to the prompts and questions in the spaces provided. Students can use PebblePad to create eportfolios, blogs, collections of their work, and more. Responses and work can be submitted for feedback and/or grades.

This online workshop consists of an asynchronous and a synchronous component.  In preparation for the synchronous session, participants will receive a link to the “Introduction to PebblePlus Guide" containing activities to be completed prior to the scheduled synchronous session. These activities will introduce participants to the PebblePad templates, workbooks, and portfolios.

During the synchronous session, we'll discuss how instructors can use these features to scaffold and support learning. Participants will explore how these features might facilitate learning in their own courses and program context. The synchronous session will take place in the Virtual Classroom in LEARN.

"ePortfolio practices help students develop capacities such as purposeful inquiry, mindful reflection, and the intentional integration of learning from different contexts, both school based and experiential. Optimally, students work on these issues, not just in a single course but recurrently, at multiple "touch points" over time. Students who engage in these practices graduate better prepared to both apply and continue their learning in their roles beyond college" (Schneider, 2018, p ix).


Schneider, C.G. (2018) Foreward: How ePortfolios are changing the meanings of student success. In B. Eynon  & L. Gambino (Eds.), Catalyst in Action: Case studies of high impact ePortfolio practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Please note: This session (CTE7527) is replacing CTE7501 and CTE7502, the same material will be presented and if you have already completed either of these, you do not need to complete CTE7527.


Registration is required. CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you've created an account, you can register for this workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.