Pebble Pad: from pilot, to implementation, to evaluation and beyond...


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Pebble Pad: from pilot, to implementation, to evaluation and beyond...

  1. 1. PebblePad: from pilot, to implementation, to evaluation and beyond … Megan Lawton University of Wolverhampton, UK
  2. 2. Hello from the UK Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share our experiences with you. My presentation will start by setting the UK context for the development of PebblePad and then will address the implementation of the software in the University of Wolverhampton. I will then explore some of the institutional issues that we have identified through an evaluation of pedagogic practices Finally addressing present and future use within a strategic framework of blended learning and graduate attributes.
  3. 3. Who is the University of Wolverhampton? The University of Wolverhampton is: • multi-campus based in three towns, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford in the middle of the UK to the west of Birmingham • approximately 22,000 students • known for its successful widening participation • also know for its use of Blended Learning and ePortfolio based learning • 8 academic schools and a number of central departments that includes the Institute for Learning Enhancement (ILE)
  4. 4. Where do I work?
  5. 5. UK context • 2000 Quality Assurance Agency with others issue a policy statement on a progress file for HE, coming out of a recommendation in the Dearing report 1997 • 2001 Guidelines for Progress files in HE • 2005/06 perceived implementation date • 2009 Personal development planning: guidance for institutional policy and practice in HE
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  7. 7. PDP is a structured and supported process undertaken by a learner to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. It is an inclusive process, open to all learners, in all HE provision settings, and at all levels. QAA et al 2001 and 2009 What is personal development planning (PDP)?
  8. 8. PDP framework - PACE
  9. 9. 2004/05 Pebble Pad pilot project: 4 academic schools, 200 students 2005/06 Pebble Pad live to all staff and students 2009 An evaluation of the impact of pedagogic processes for personal development planning (PDP) and e-portfolio development at the University of Wolverhampton. 2008/11 The Blended Learning Strategy – all student to have opportunities for ePDP
  10. 10. Deepwell, F (2002) • Both multi-disciplinary and multi-method • Like Anderson et al (2000) "eclectic approach to the selection and combination of research methods". • Three distinct layers each with a discrete audience: 1st the evaluation to guide the further development 2nd informing decision-making around policy and practice 3rd a vehicle to disseminate experiences to a wider academic community • Intended and observed outcomes based on Stake, R (1967) countenance model
  11. 11. Scaffolded templates - tutor
  12. 12. Student example
  13. 13. IMS Global Impact Awards 2010 The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognize the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. Platinum Award (established initiatives): PebblePad: from project, to pilot, to personalised learning for all - PebblePad and University of Wolverhampton - UK
  14. 14. Current projects - ePPSME
  15. 15. Current projects -DePTA
  16. 16. We aim to produce Wolverhampton Graduates who are knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate and are global citizens. Learning Works 2009 -
  17. 17. “What is important, however, is that a patchwork is not just a ‘collection’ but a ‘pattern’: in the end it does have a unity, albeit made up of separate components. To begin with it is defined by academic staff, as they carefully derive a sequence of tasks from the course material. And finally it is, … re-defined by individual students, … to write their final section as an interpretation of what this course material ‘means’, to them”, Winter (2003: 119)on Patchwork text … A resonance with Graduate Attributes?
  18. 18. knowledge exchanger and producer, interpersonal and communication skills, ethical and professional approach, community player, critical thinking, cultural fluidity, innovation, creativity, reflexivity Characteristics?
  19. 19. Contextualised by subject/course Stitched together by students
  20. 20. Students who are graduating need to: • Reflect on • Articulate • Evidence • Apply … what they have learnt while studying in HE
  21. 21. The Blended Learning Strategy (2008-11) ePortfolio based learning PebblePad since 2005/06 Active users in 30 days = 18140 From 8 x 15 to 6 x 20 Long thin modules Graduate attributes BL Unit … knowledgeable and enterprising, digitally literate global citizens 6 ‘Blends’ Learning Works ePDP evaluation 2009 Learner spaces
  22. 22. Citations • ‘Cushions’ with the kind permission of • Deepwell, F (2002) Towards Capturing Complexity: an interactive framework for institutional evaluation Educational Technology & Society 5(3) 83-90 • Winter R. (2003) Contextualizing the Patchwork Text: addressing problems of coursework assessment in higher education. The Patchwork Text: A Radical Reassessment of coursework Assignments. A Special Issue of Innovations in Education and Teaching International 40, 112–122.