Using PebblePad for assessment

To ensure your students get the most from assessment, it can help to think of it in the three following ways. PebblePad can help you with all of them.

Three nested circles - Assessment of learning: Summative assessment (outer), Assessment for learning: Formative assessment (middle), Assessment as learning: Self/peer assessment (inner)

Assessment of learning

You can use PebblePad as a coursework component for summative assessment. You can grade within PebblePad and the marks will be passed to Blackboard and appear in a grade centre column in your module. In addition, you can create rubrics to help with marking consistency within your team, and use scorecards to calculate an overall mark from a piece of work with multiple components.

Assessment for learning

Assessment that helps students improve means giving constructive feedback. This is vital for students to learn and succeed.

In PebblePad, unlike other assessment methods, students share their work with you at the start. This can be done automatically if it is a workbook, or you can ask them to manually share their portfolio or other assets to the workspace. Once the work is shared to the workspace, the student can still change and add to it, but you and other tutors on the module can see it at any time. This means you can also give feedback at any time. Students can respond to feedback, and you can create a dialogue around their piece of work that gives them personal support for their learning.

If there are phrases you use often in your feedback, you can speed up the process by creating a library of feedback statements. These can be added in to an individual’s feedback and edited if necessary. You can also create feedback templates, to prompt feedback on specific aspects of the work.

Assessment as learning

Students can also learn by taking an active role in assessment. This can by done through peer feedback. Students can either share work with peers for informal comments, or you can configure the workspace to allow students to give formal feedback to each other, including structuring with feedback templates if you want.

Self-assessment can also be a useful learning tool. PebblePad provides ready-made templates to guide reflection, or you can design your own.


For more information about how you could use PebblePad on your module, contact the LIU.


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