• PebblePad to support graduate employability and digital assessment at Deakin University.

    by Jodie Young


PebblePad to support graduate employability and digital assessment at Deakin University.

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JANUARY 27th 2021· by Jodie Young


We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Deakin University into our trailblazing PebblePad community. Located in Victoria, Australia, Deakin is a globally connected university with an international reputation for excellence in digital learning environments and blended learning.  Deakin has chosen to partner with PebblePad in supporting their 60,000 students through every step of the learning journey. In this blog post we take a look at how PebblePad aligns with Deakin’s leadership and strategy in digital capability for developing future-ready graduates.

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We are excited to further explore, in partnership with PebblePad, how this new tool may assist us with advancing our agenda in bettering graduate employability and digital assessment.

Associate Professor Chie Adachi (Director, Digital Learning)

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Associate Professor Chie Adachi, Director, Digital Learning, highlights the benefits of taking an embedded portfolio approach, especially with regards to graduate employability. “Particularly through course-wide design of portfolio work and programmatic assessment, these activities scaffold the process of lifelong learning, while also creating opportunities to deliberately address our Graduate Learning Outcomes, namely, 21st century transferrable skills.”  PebblePad will play an integral role in enabling students to record, reflect on and showcase their learning experiences and achievements, whenever and wherever they may occur.

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The introduction of PebblePad at the course level enables students to have a holistic view of their learning across the course level.

Dr Elicia Lanham (Senior Lecturer in Information Technology, Academic Director (Teaching), School of IT)


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Deakin University has long been recognised in the field of eportfolio practice and practitioners understand the impact that can be gained through embedding eportfolio activity throughout a program or course. For Dr Elicia Lanham, the ability for students to be able to see the connections between the units of their course and to see their own skill and personal development is a key rationale for the introduction of PebblePad across a degree. 

Another focus for PebblePad use is in supporting students through careful scaffolding of tasks. Dr Jo Elliott identifies PebblePad’s versatility in being able to provide highly-structured support for activity early in a course, through to more open-ended tasks that students can take ownership of in terms of building their portfolio and their professional identity.

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A big selling point for us was the flexibility PebblePad offers in terms of tailoring the learning experience for students. We’re able to use PebblePad to support student learning at different levels - in individual tasks and units, as well as across degree programs

Dr Jo Elliott (Lecturer, Digital Learning Innovation)

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We are absolutely delighted to be working with Deakin and supporting their teaching, learning and assessment ambitions. We look forward to being able to share their examples of practice and stories of learner success, here on the blog. If you'd like to learn more about the PebblePad Learning Journey Platform and read case studies of how we've supported the learning journeys of hundreds of thousands of students across the globe, download our free publication.




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Jodie is Assistant Head of Communications, and Content Specialist and Editor here at PebblePad. An experienced educator, talented writer, and a genius at simplifying the complicated, Jodie spends her days planning, crafting and publishing content for the PebblePad community and wider higher education audiences. Outside of work, Jodie is a published poet, and in honour of her Aussie heritage (the lucky devil is based in Melbourne) our Head of Brand & Communications, Rich Dando, considered recrafting this profile into a poem but quickly came unstuck trying to find a word to rhyme with kangaroo. Unlike Rich, Jodie isn’t quite so easily derailed, and you'll see her expert stamp on many of our hugely popular publications.