Pebblegogy: Ideas and activities to inspire and engage learners
Pebblegogy: Ideas and activities to inspire and engage learners
Pebblegogy is a book that will help tutors and learning designers create meaningful activities that will support their curricula. Written by PebblePad experts and informed by contributions from experienced practitioners in the UK and Australia, Pebblegogy will appeal to those new to PebblePad who want practical guidance in making best use of the personal learning space. For those who are already experts, the book offers a rich source of inspiration for designing engaging and motivating learning experiences with PebblePad.
Pebblegogy is written for practitioners in higher education, further education and professional bodies.
About the authors
Shane Sutherland worked in higher education for 10 years with a wonderfully diverse portfolio encompassing first year experience, technology supported learning and as a designer and tutor of the PG Cert. Shane is one of the original designers of PebblePad and continues to lead its ongoing improvement in his role as development director.
Jane Brotchie is a freelance author and learning designer who first encountered PebblePad when she developed a peer–assessed portfolio to become a certified member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT). Since then, she has used PebblePad personally and professionally for her own learning. Jane has a background of over fifteen years of writing distance and online learning for professional development.
Sarah Chesney, MEd, FHEA has used PebblePad for a number of years with her postgraduate students. Sarah has worked in higher education for seven years, specialising in educational development and e–learning. Sarah has published a number of articles around the topic of e–portfolios and contributed to the book Developing Effective Assessment in Higher Education.
What’s inside the book?
Pebblegogy is a book of two halves. The first half explores the principles and practice of PebblePad. The latter presents a rich collection of learning designs resulting from the contributions and collaborations of more than 40 practitioners from the UK and Australia.
Part A includes chapters on:
- PebblePad: the Personal Learning Space
- Designed for Learning
- The Principles of PebblePad
- Planning Purposeful Activities
- Doing it differently: Bungee Jumping with PebblePad
- Pebblegogy in Practice
Part B features a set of 12 ‘learning themes’ and 38 learning designs that will help you embed activities in a range of contexts including work–based learning; collaborative learning; action planning and project management; experiential learning and planning personal and professional development.Read a sample learning theme: Promoting Group Work
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Title: Pebblegogy – ideas and activities to inspire and engage learners
Authors: Shane Sutherland, Jane Brotchie, Sarah Chesney
Publisher: Pebble Learning © 2011
Cover price: £25.00
Pebblegogy activities1.1 Getting to know each other in PebblePad1.2 Introducing blogging for reflective practice1.3 Seven steps to success with PebblePad
2.1 Using case studies to reflect on the transition to university life2.1 additional resources2.2 Managing information overload during orientation2.3 Mentoring through online dialogue
3.1 Helping learners engage with Personal Development Planning (PDP)3.2 Staying the course: action learning and planning as strategies for student support3.2 additional resources3.3 Sustaining involvement in Personal Development Planning over time3.4 Developing professional identity
4.1 Just in time resources: Using WebQuests to introduce digital and academic literacies4.1 additional resourcesA WebQuest for EML508 – Socio–political Contexts for TESOL4.2 Overcoming resistance to academic writing4.3 Developing a collaborative ‘knowledge’ portfolio4.4 Engaging with reflective writing
5.1 Agreeing a team learning contract5.2 Creating a design proposal for assessment5.3 Assessing individual and collective contributions to a group project5.4 Working together in online sketchbooks5.4 additional resourcesJISC 2010 Effective Assessment in a Digital Age: A guide to technology-enhanced assessment and feedback
6.1 Constructing a skills diary6.2 Practising reflection for a professional portfolio6.3 Using simulated scenarios to create an evidence-based plan
7.1 An eJournal Club for professional development7.2 Creating digitally enhanced patchwork text7.3 Helping students to continue learning beyond the classroom
8.1 Self and peer critique of treatment plans8.2 Anonymous peer review of research plans8.3 Developing professional discourse through blogging
9.1 Preparing a portfolio for professional development9.2 Supporting feedback and dialogue for portfolio-building9.3 Creating accessible and usable web pages9.4 A ‘capstone task’ bringing together theory and practice9.4 additional resourcesScreenshots of LMS, a rubric and instructive text for reflection:
From good to outstanding
Image 04 – Unit of Work in webfoliosLink – Primary School Unit Construction
Image 05 – Video blog reporting on experiences in practical placementThe final task is to create a webfolio for registration as teachers drawing on the work they have done during the year, including many assets in PP. Some of the resources we give students to support this final task.
Image 06 – Coursewide
Link – Creating your final webfolio
Also to come in October - the finished product from students.
10.1 Recording and reflecting on a work placement10.1 additional resources10.2 Supporting unemployed people returning to work10.3 An award scheme demonstrating employability skills10.3 additional resources
11.1 Enabling the transition to advanced practice11.2 Enabling work-based learners to study for a formal qualification11.3 Creating an audit report of a service/organisation
Presentations to the Pebblegogy conferences
Pebblegogy conference UK
As well as keynotes from the authors, the UK Pebblegogy conference featured presentations and workshops led by the practitioners who designed some of the activities contained in the book.
Jane Brotchie and Sarah Chesney:
‘People, processes and products: a learning journey.’
Download presentationJason Pell:
PebblePad ‘The Journey’
‘Enabling work-based learners to study for a formal qualification’
Download presentationMoira Savage:
‘Developing professional discourse through blogging’
Download presentationDennie Wilson and Ben Andrews:
‘Pebble: an alternative rehearsal pad’
Download presentation [via YouTube]Julie Hughes:
‘Learning to let go, and other lessons learnt’
Pebblegogy conference Australia
The case studies are available for download under the Creative Commons license