On Weds 25th April, we enjoyed a visit from our PebblePad representatives: Debbie Holmes, Sarah Copeland and Sarah Chesney.
We had asked them specifically to come and talk to our guests about how PebblePad can be used to deliver Apprenticeship requirements but also to generally speak about ways in which this system could be used to get the best out of students, no matter what they are studying.
With degree apprenticeships, there are usually several parties involved in the process – the student, the university tutor, workplace mentors/coaches, PLUS external verifiers (required by whichever Apprentice body is overseeing the delivery).
Debbie spoke about the work currently underway at Northumbria University where they are using PebblePad to deliver the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA).
PebblePad is used as a Personal Learning Space to capture records and reflections along the students’ learning journey, incorporating heavy use of PebblePocket (the mobile app). In the early days, this builds up users’ confidence in the system and encourages them to become more creative right from the start of their studies.
PebblePad is also used more formally for formative and summative work. Bespoke electronic templates have been built to suit the particular requirements of the CDMA apprenticeship at Northumbria – and in such a way as to get out the information the verifiers need. (Reporting is a way to quickly collate students’ responses to certain questions posed in electronic templates and is a brilliant (underused) feature of the system offering pie charts and nice visual touches)
PebblePad is a useful way to evidence any professional standards which need to be met, and for evidencing the number of hours spent on particular activities – both features proving very useful for apprentices.
I have to say we had a really interesting debate afterwards and the enthusiasm in the room was wonderful – thank you to all who attended. Many conversations were had; demonstrations of live work currently underway at UoC (particularly Ofsted reporting and Paramedic developments) were carried out. There were promises to move forward with the system for some, and just general food for thought for others. If anyone would like to explore the use of bespoke electronic templates to sit within PebblePocket, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have offered UoC to be part of an Apprenticeship Special Interest Group (SIG) which is looking to meet in the North West so I will post any future dates of meetings as soon as I know them. I have also offered UoC as a possible venue.
- Health Symposium June 25th, Birmingham – a day sharing stories of PebblePad and healthcare programmes https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/events/default.aspx?app=healthcare25062018
- Minibash June 26th, Birmingham – a day of all things PebblePad! https://www.pebblepad.co.uk/events/default.aspx?app=minibash26062018
£100 if you book both events so a great deal for CPD
Here is a link to the recording from the session (NB questions/demonstrations at the end have been removed). Click the image to view the video:
And finally, here is a link to the Implementation Toolkit which Debbie mentions in her presentation: https://v3.pebblepad.co.uk/spa/#/public/Gfd459chr3yR8kstkx5j9jtRHc for anyone designing curriculum and wish to incorporate PebblePad into their students’ learning.