Using PebblePad for Personalized Online Teaching e-Portfolios

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The Bass Instructional Fellows Program (Online Apprenticeship) provides fellows a personalized, authentic learning experience captured in an online e-portfolio using the PebblePad personal learning platform. Portfolios showcase fellows’ learning experiences and reflective teaching practice, and provide an evidence-based collection of authentic learning artifacts, video, digital media, and reflection.


Dr. Sophia Stone is a Senior Consultant with Duke University in Learning Innovation. She leads a range of initiatives to advance teaching excellence, consulting with faculty in programs and schools across the university, including the Global Health Institute, the Duke School of Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, and the Duke School of Nursing. She is currently leading a new digital education initiative in partnership with the Duke Graduate School to prepare the next generation of academic innovators, the Bass Digital Education Fellows Program, and teaches a graduate course for PhD students as part of this program: GS762: Digital Pedagogy and Learning Design. She co- leads the Duke Online Learning Collaborative Special Interest Group, and is an active member of Duke AHEAD (Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development). Sophia values global collaborations and managed the development of Duke’s first international online course with a partner medical school in Moshi, Tanzania. Prior to joining Learning Innovation, Sophia was a Teaching Associate Professor and co-director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Online Learning at NC State University, College of Education, and a Research Associate with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, where she managed online professional development programs for educators. Sophia has prior experience in online program management at Duke TIP and in academic librarianship with the NC State Libraries. She holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.Ed and Ed.D from North Carolina State University.

Extended Abstract

PebblePad is Duke University’s e-Portfolio tool provided to students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff to create websites, blogs, and reflections to share privately or to publish for public audiences. In the online portfolio fellows collect artifacts (portfolios, collections, blogs, journals, or reflections), select the best work, reflect on their skills and competencies, and connect their learning and personal experiences both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary.

This interactive discovery session will showcase an e-Portfolio project and the design thinking that shaped this-portfolio. The e-Portfolio is a digital philosophy project focused on collecting and creating online learning resources to teach students the specific digital archive research and digital literacy skills they need to complement their undergraduate philosophy course.


The purpose of this session is to describe the program model and the digital pedagogies that shape the learning experience; to introduce the PebblePad tool and its design templates, and to showcase innovative personalized e-Portfolio learning journals that capture the knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the fellowship. Participants will leave with design templates that can inform creating personalized learning portfolios in their own institution, whether using PebblePad or another instructional tool available to them.


Program participants maintain an online portfolio throughout their program to encourage a reflective teaching practice. The portfolio documents their experiences participating in the first semester’s curricular and co-curricular activities as well as to track their efforts working on their projects toward the completion of their work.

  • Format and Audience Engagement
  • Interactive Q&A
  • Audience contribution to google design templates
  • Interactive eportfolio guides
  • Contribute to a learning journal design guide that can be customized for your own personalized digital projects

Materials provided: slides, design templates, handouts, web links will be provided during the interactive discovery session as well as a PebblePad learning journal design guide