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PebblePad implementation: You DO need to walk before you can run. 9 June 2010 Dr Marg Faulkner . Acknowledgments and Contacts. Thanks to UniSA staff and students for sharing their experiences: Law Program: Contact Professor Vicki Waye Lori Kambitsis , Sue Milne

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Pebblepad implementation you do need to walk before you can run

PebblePad implementation: You DO need to walk before you can run

9 June 2010

Dr Marg Faulkner

Acknowledgments and contacts

Acknowledgments and Contacts

Thanks to UniSA staff and students for sharing their experiences:

Law Program: Contact Professor Vicki Waye

Lori Kambitsis, Sue Milne

Waye, Vicki and Faulkner, Margaret, forthcoming, 'Embedding e-Portfolios in a Law Program: Lessons From An Australian Law School, Journal of Legal Education

Engineering Program: Contact Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz,

Associate Professor John Fielkeor Liz Smith

Smith E.J. “Online Assessment is not always quick and easy” forthcoming, EE2010, Aston University, 6-8 July 2010,

Fielke, J., and Quinn D. “Supporting self-assessment using e-portfolios” AAEE, Adelaide, Australia, 6-9 December 2009

Smith E.J., Mills J.E. “E-portfolios and first year students – do we assume too much?", AAEE, Adelaide, Australia, 6-9 December 2009

Natural and Built Environments: Contact Dr Ian Clark,

Dr Delene Weber, David Bruce, Dr Don Cameron

Occupational Health & Safety: Contact Sue Gilbert-Hunt

Angela Berndt and Shelley Wright

Medical Radiation 2010: Contact Eileen Giles or Denise Ogilvie

Midwifery Program: Contact Beth Grinteror Dr Kate Andre (Nursing & Midwifery)

Professor Jan Pincombe for initial project into ePortfolios using in-house tool

Pincombe J, McKellar J. (2009) ePortfolio in midwifery education: The way of the future Submitted to

ACM National Conference Midwives and Women-A Brilliant Blend held in Adelaide 22-25 September 2009

Education Program: Contact Briony Carter, Assoc Professor Michele Simons and Careers Team: Tony McAvaney

Global Experience: Contact Dr Tracey Bretag

Learning & Teaching Unit, thanks for supporting staff: Academic Development: Contact Associate Professor Gavin Sanderson, Dr Christian Voigt, Dr Diana Quinn, Dr David Birbeck, Dr Dale Wache & Dr Stuart Dinmore

Online Adviser Support: Hayley Timms – Contact Team Leader Wayne Pedder

University of south australia

University of South Australia

  • South Australia

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Pebblepad implementation you do need to walk before you can run

University of South Australia-36,000 students Multiple campusTrials 2008-2010Business; Education, Arts & Social Sciences; Health Sciences Information Technology; Engineering and the Environment.

T l framework

T&L Framework

In 2007 our new Framework featured:

  • 7 Graduate Qualities remain central

  • Experiential Learning opportunities

    • Teaching-Research Nexus

    • Practice Based Learning

    • Service Learning

      Investment into T&L

  • STEP 2010 and learnonlinesystem

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2 nd transcript

UniSA Transcript2 of graduate qualities

PebblePad next generation

Compliments the new Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (Australian European Diploma Statement)

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Multiple eportfolios

Multiple ePortfolios

Diagram from UniSA Law e-Portfolio Project

Community of practice

Community of Practice

  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

  • AeP 2008 and 2009

  • Flinders University

  • RMIT University

2009 projects expanded

2009 Projects Expanded

  • Engineering (across all schools embedded into the common first year undergraduate program and pilots with third year and postgraduate students)

  • Natural and Built Environments (reflection with Postgraduate students)

  • Health Sciences (fourth year year Occupational Therapy undergraduates)

  • Education (professional placement undergraduate students)

  • Nursing and Midwifery (third year Midwifery undergraduates)

  • Global Experience students (elective course across many programs)

Issues faced

Issues Faced

  • Political: DVC Academic champion left

    • Trial mode, strategy group formed

  • Technical: 2009 moved to UniSA Server

    • Integrated with Directory

    • Increased from 150 to 2000 licences

      • 250 Engineering students submitted 5mb avg files

      • 67% elected to use PP despite issues for next course submission

Learning culture at unisa

Learning Culture at UniSA

  • Portfolio approach new

  • Pedagogy may not go as planned

    • Some students ignore formative only assessment

    • Many left submission until the last minute (increasing stress on system)

      It will take time to appreciate

Evaluation findings

Evaluation Findings

  • June 2009 surveys and interviews to evaluate ePortfolio implementation

  • Survey tool developed with RMIT University

  • Independent interviews funded from Law project – 15 in-depth interviews supplemented Law survey data collection

  • For many it was not a positive experience

Teaching culture at unisa

Teaching Culture at UniSA

  • Change requires commitment from all stakeholders

    • Pilots continue despite uncertainty of PP to continue at UniSA

    • Full scale implementation requires certainty

      • Program approach ideal but not all staff confident or sold on the benefits

      • Staff desire full integration of program, efficient feedback and administration of ePortfolio systems

Evaluation findings1

Evaluation Findings

  • ePortfolios seen as assessment task rather than a tool for developing & recording graduate qualities

  • Students sceptical about employer acceptance

  • More supporting material required to assist students learn how to use Pebblepad

  • Greater learning time devoted to development of reflective skills

2010 projects

2010 projects

  • Despite the mixed evaluation all but one project continued in 2010

  • Changes made to how Law students were introduced to ePortfolios

    • Data currently being analysed but some hostility remains to the tool and tasks set

Developmental nature

Developmental Nature

  • Our experiences confirm the developmental nature of understanding ePortfolio concepts for all stakeholders as indicated by the review of UK experiences

    (Joyes, Gray & Hartnell-Young 2009).

Mapping integration

Mapping & Integration

ePortfolios enable integration to aid ‘becoming a ....’

Future challenges

Future Challenges

  • To determine the best approach for developing self-reflection, independent thinking and lifelong learning

  • To discover how we can increase awareness of support resources when required by students

  • To discover the best approach to gain industry support for the use of e-Portfolios by students?



  • Commitment

    (institutional, program staff, students and industry)

  • System Integration

    (to simplify technical skills required and increase efficiency)

  • Communities of Practice

    for staff and learners

    (institutional, discipline/program, profession)

Questions discussion


Are our challenges similar to yours?

Have you achieved our wishlist?

Is programme wide implementation the best approach?

How do we implement and bring everyone along with us?

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