Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Saturday 28th January 2017
The theme of this year's AAC&U conference is Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence. We're delighted to be exhibiting at the conference and the team is looking forward to lots of conversations with delegates about the work PebblePad is already doing to promote excellence in some of the leading universities in North America.
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Link: https://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting
Wednesday 1st February 2017 - Thursday 2nd February 2017
We're thrilled to be exhibiting and speaking at this year's Learning Technologies conference. If you're heading to LT17 you'll find the friendly PebblePad team on Stand R6 (where you can signup for a free trial, see PebblePad in action, and grab the chance to win an iPad Mini). You'll also be able to catch PebblePad Commander in Chief Shane Sutherland teaming up with learning guru Jane Hart to deliver two speaker sessions on modern workplace learning and how to support it. You'll find more information below.
Modern workplace learning, and how to support it.
Attending the seminars is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about why today's workforce requires a very different approach to learning and a very different kind of technology to support it.
Seminar 1: Wednesday 1st Feb, 2.00 - 2.30, Theatre 10
Seminar 2: Thursday 2nd Feb, 2.45 - 3.15, Theatre 9
Location: Olympia, London Link: http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/
Wednesday 15th February 2017
This conversational event is for people involved in supporting or promoting the use of eportfolios in professional development, professional standards and recognition, or for performance management, promotion and tenure. We are looking specifically at how these areas are supported within the context of staff development.
The event is chaired by Sarah Chesney who led the innovative Jisc-funded project Flourish at the University of Cumbria. Sarah has been working with electronic portfolios in this space for more than 10 years. Juliet Hinrichsen (Sheffield Hallam University) and Lisa Hayes (University of Bedfordshire) have worked alongside Shane Sutherland (PebblePad) to design a programme which will explore the varied ways in which portfolios can be used to support staff and faculty development. The programme provides ample opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities of wide-scale portfolio use within an institution.
This event is generously hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and sponsored by PebblePad, allowing us to keep the costs of attendance to £30.
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheaf Building, Sheaf Street, Sheffield Link: http://bit.ly/pebblepda
Thursday 16th February 2017
Whilst we are constantly surprised and delighted at the innovative uses of PebblePad we know that much of this innovative use is to solve a very particular institutional problem with each individual institution often unaware of the fascinating uses of PebblePad happening elsewhere.
In this 50 minute webinar, Cofounder and Commander in Chief, Shane Sutherland, will draw upon a wide, international range of diverse examples to inspire, enthuse and otherwise encourage you to rethink the ways in which you can use PebblePad. Shane will showcase how portfolio practice is maturing and is increasingly being used to support the full student lifecycle i.e. preparation; application; orientation; core curricular; work-based learning; extra-curricular; research; HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report, UK); transition to employment; and revalidation.
Location: Online Zoom meeting space Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/feb17webinar
Thursday 16th March 2017
The webinar will outline the design, development and implementation process of a pedagogically sound and technologically workable and sustainable solution to programmatic assessment using an eportfolio tool across an entire Faculty in an Australian University.
Programmatic Assessment is often part of a continuum which begins with the development of specific capabilities for graduates, and then aligns the capabilities with learning activities and measurable assessment opportunities across a program of study. The use of an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) tool, the provision of longitudinal tutorial support and credible feedback are often the key design challenges for programmatic assessment and they will be key points of discussion in this presentation.
Panos Vlachopoulos, Associate Dean Quality & Standards, Faculty of Arts and Sherrie Love, Senior Learning Designer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Click the on the link below to register your place.
Location: Online Zoom Meeting Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/march17webinar
Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Wednesday 22nd March 2017
We'll be exhibiting at the RCN education forum international conference and exhibition - Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective.
Location: Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3ND Link: https://www.rcn.org.uk/education17
Thursday 13th April 2017
In this webinar, Patrick Viney, Senior Learning Technology Advisor, will discuss how Northumbria University has successfully implemented PebblePad to manage its dissertation process. Each year, over 800 students undertake the Newcastle Business School dissertation module supported by over 100 academic staff. Patrick will talk about how the implementation of structured Workbooks has simplified the process for students and how reporting in PebblePad's assessment space (ATLAS) has provided a management overview of progress. The presentation will also include feedback from supervisors and tutors on the added value PebblePad has provided to this important process.
Location: Online Zoom Meeting Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/april17webinar
Thursday 11th May 2017 - Friday 12th May 2017
Higher and Further Education are under pressure to both deliver and demonstrate teaching excellence. This pressure has probably never been as intense as it is today and is likely to increase as we experience new quality regimes such as the TEF and our students become more demanding in terms of ‘value for money’. This conference will examine how HE and FE can respond to this new environment and offer both conceptual/theoretical analysis and practical techniques to help us move forward.
Location: Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester Link: http://www.seda.ac.uk/events/info/465
Tuesday 16th May 2017
The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful/Mentorship, Practice , Applied, Collaborative/Community Transformative) Project is a community-engaged interdisciplinary authentic learning experience for first-year engineering students, undergraduate biology students, and graduate-level occupational therapy students. Together, the students, staff, and faculty from these three communities work with local community members to identify a problem area, collaboratively design devices, and ultimately delivering a useable solution to one or more users. This project has been ongoing since 2012.
The IMPACT Project is built around a freshmen engineering course on engineering practice and the profession. Using a new problem each year, the approximately 1000 engineering students are tasked with designing a device for the user(s). The 200–300 biology and occupational therapy students volunteer as design reviewers. At the end of the project, a public showcase and competition results in a final best design and prototype which is handed to the user(s).
Learning in the IMPACT Project is facilitated with the use of several pieces of digital technology, including electronic learning portfolios. This webinar will describe the design of the IMPACT Project and the strategies employed to organize the disparate groups and schedules, methods used to capture students work, and how student collaboration across multiple disciplines was achieved and facilitated by digital technology.
Location: Online Zoom meeting space Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/may17webinar
Thursday 1st June 2017 - Friday 2nd June 2017
TEL in an age of Supercomplexity: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies
‘Supercomplexity’ is the shorthand term used by Prof. Ron Barnett to describe the state of affairs in which we find ourselves: one of uncertainty, unpredictability, challenge and change. The Irish Learning Technology Association invites delegates to contribute to this discourse from a range of local and international perspectives.
Location: IT Sligo Ash Lane Sligo F91 YW50 Ireland. Link: http://ilta.ie/project/edtech17conference-theme
Wednesday 28th June 2017
This half-day event will be a fantastic opportunity to share practice and discuss how PebblePad can be used for teaching, learning and assessment at modular or unit level, for undergraduate or for CPD activities. Clinical assessment using PebblePad remains a high area of interest and will also have a place on the programme. The event is open to anyone and we’ve deliberately kept attendance costs low (£30.00) to encourage delegates to stay over and attend MiniBash (UK) the following day.
Location: thestudio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP, UK Link: https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/seminars/phcs0617
Thursday 29th June 2017
As ever, MiniBash UK is set to be jam-packed with 'not to be missed goodness' and designed to be big on value. We recommend being quick off the mark in signing up as MiniBash events are always popular as they offer our community the chance to catch up and share ideas over coffee and cake - doing so will also mean you can take advantage of our early bird pricing.
Location: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP, UK Link: https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/seminars/minibash17/default.aspx
Thursday 6th July 2017 - Friday 7th July 2017
The annual Veterinary Education Symposium – VetEd – was established by a group of enthusiastic veterinary educators working in vet schools in the UK and Europe. The symposium takes place over two days during the summer. It rotates around the schools and aims to be an economical way for veterinary educators to share ideas and innovations for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate vets. This year's Vet Ed is being hosted at the University of Liverpool.
Location: University of Liverpool Link: https://vetedsymposium.org
Tuesday 11th July 2017 - Friday 14th July 2017
The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2017 Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from the Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 July 2017. The theme of the meeting is Transitions. This inclusive theme is open to multiple interpretations. Transitions asks us to consider where we have been, where we are and where we are going in our personal, professional and organisational learning journeys.
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia Link: http://www.anzahpeconference.com.au/index.html
Monday 24th July 2017
We are thrilled to announce the first MiniBash in North America! This will be the first time our North American community will have an opportunity to share ideas, see great examples of PebblePad use around the world, and hear about the exciting enhancements planned for Pebblepad . We encourage you to sign-up as spaces are limited. Activities include Fireside Chats and feedback, 20x20 stories and PebblePad Roadmap.
Location: Portland State University Link: https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/seminars/minibashus17/default.aspx
Wednesday 30th August 2017
Students from Canterbury Christ Church University will lead this webinar and use it to showcase how a particular assignment used PebblePad workbooks and assets to improve the educational experience. The webinar will highlight that it is not the technology per se that is important, but rather how the technology is used to improve pedagogy and teaching practice. Sarah Tutton, the lead student presenter, has just won the CCCU PGCE prize for creativity on the PGCE. This is the top student prize and is given to the student who has shown and demonstrated by publication the greatest creativity in their teaching practice. We are absolutely delighted to have Sarah presenting her work.
Location: Online webinar Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/august17webinar
Tuesday 5th September 2017 - Thursday 7th September 2017
Beyond islands of innovation – how Learning Technology became the new norm(al)
The 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology will bring together practitioners, researchers and policy makers from across sectors. Together delegates will chart the development of Learning Technology from isolated islands of ‘innovation’ to becoming the new norm – and the challenges this entails for staff and learners alike. Delegates will explore how we move from individual innovation to institutional integration at scale.
Location: University of Liverpool, UK Link: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2017
Wednesday 6th September 2017
We'll be exhibiting and speaking at the 2017 CanvasCon at the SMC Conference Centre in Sydney. CanvasCon is a one-day, regional event designed for Australasian educators, from the Canvas-curious to the expert user. If you simply can't wait till CanvasCon to learn more about our integration capability with Canvas, you can read our recent blog.
Location: SMC Conference Centre Link: https://events.bizzabo.com/canvasconsydney
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Students today are often deeply engaged in various forms of online communities through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. While educators often see this as a distraction, social media can be a space where students can cultivate and refine their critical thinking, and can also become a site for civic engagement. Recognizing this space and extending it can be seen as the development of folio thinking, a reflective practice necessary for the creation of effective eportfolios. The presenters will talk about how students are already engaged in the process of critical thinking and integration using social media, and the webinar will share practices that have been effective in supporting students to make the connection between their personal and academic digital spaces.
Location: Online Zoom meeting space Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/sep17webinar
Thursday 26th October 2017
Simon Riley and Gavin McCabe from the University of Edinburgh will share their experience of running a university-wide initiative – Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs). The initiative provides a flexible, reflective-learning framework for experiential learning, where the SLICCs enable students to be co-creators, working across disciplinary boundaries, and defining their own learning outcomes. Able to capitalise on their own interests, passions and co- and extra-curricular activities, students identify an academic theme in their learning experience, reflecting on that experience by curating an eportfolio evidencing their learning.
The webinar will outline how this approach has been piloted successfully in a centrally-managed version for student activities in the summer and is now expanding into discipline-managed versions within degree programmes.
Location: Online zoom meeting space Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/oct17webinar
Wednesday 15th November 2017
We are delighted to have practitioners from both La Trobe University (Australia) and the University of Otago (New Zealand) leading the November edition of our popular webinar series. Ron Knevel from La Trobe University will lead proceedings and present the innovative ways oral health science and dentistry students are using PebblePad to develop ongoing reflective practice to maintain professional competence and support certification of competence. Ron will be followed by Natalie Medlicott, Jennifer Bruce and Megan Anakin from the University of Otago who will be showcasing how they have used PebblePad to provide opportunities for reflection with their pharmacy students, and discussing some of the challenges encountered and the features of the practice portfolio.
For more information and to register your place please click on the link below. If you can't make the live broadcast please do still register for the webinar so we can drop you an email with a link to the recording.
Location: Online zoom meeting Link: http://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/nov17webinar
Wednesday 29th November 2017 - Thursday 30th November 2017
We are delighted to be attending this year's IMS Europe Conference which is set to provide institutional and edtech leaders with the opportunity to draw on the experience of organisations who are leveraging IMS standards to enable teaching and learning innovation. The event will offer an opportunity for delegates to help shape future IMS Europe initiatives with discussion around the following themes:
- Enabling the plug-and-play ecosystem
- Advances in digital assessment
- Improving the learning analytics landscape
- Identity management
- Implementing new models for credentialing
PebblePad is a certified LTI platform and our very own Paul Taras (PebblePad Product Owner) will be sitting on the panel for the event's Plug and Play in Practice session.
We hope to see you there!
Location: CenterEd at ExCel in London Link: https://www.imsglobal.org/IMSEurope2017
Thursday 14th December 2017
With demand for degree apprenticeships expected to be high, many higher education institutions are in the process of assessing their readiness to address the challenges of degree apprenticeship delivery. This symposium aims to spark discussion around the planning, implementation, and delivery of degree apprenticeships, from effective employer-engagement to supporting remote learning, through to the flexibility of an organisation’s technology armoury to support the creation of diverse competency frameworks, which can be securely assessed by external parties.
PebblePad symposiums are always high on value and low on cost, and this expert-led event is no exception. That’s why we think it should be marked in indelible ink in the calendars of anyone involved in supporting degree apprenticeships, end point assessment (including the role of eportfolio) and for those involved in all things strategy and vision in the context of degree apprenticeships.
Location: thestudio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP, UK Link: https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/seminars/das1217
Friday 15th December 2017
Charlotte Good, Teaching Intern, The University of Nottingham Vet School
Liz Mossop, Associate Professor of Veterinary Education, The University of Nottingham Vet School
One of the biggest challenges in eportfolio implementation is ensuring students see value in the eportfolio process and embed reflective practice into their activities on and off campus. In this student led webinar, Charlotte, a student Veterinarian and teaching intern, will discuss the journey she and her peers embarked on when they started at the University of Nottingham and how reflective practice is now firmly embedded into her student and teaching work. This journey was not without its bumps in the road. Charlotte, supported by her tutor, Liz, will discuss the challenges both students and staff faced along the way.
Location: Online zoom meeting Link: https://resources.pebblepad.co.uk/dec17webinar