PebblePad Essentials

This page gives advice and activities to orientate yourself in PebblePad as a member of staff, and get a feel for the system.

It may be useful to read the What is PebblePad page before you start. This guide does not explain every step, and is not intended to show you everything the system can do. See here for more detail in the full PebblePad guides.

Getting started with PebblePad

Logging in

Log in to PebblePad via MUSE, under 'View all services'. If you cannot see PebblePad in MUSE, you can log in directly by going to

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The Homescreen

All staff and students will launch PebblePad on the same screen. This part of PebblePad is called Pebble+, and is where you will create and fill in resources. Below are a summary of the features you will most likely need when first using PebblePad.

A screenshot of the PebblePad homepage, showing the locations of the features below.

  1. Burger Menu. This menu (top left of screen) is accessible whatever page you're on in Pebble+. It will allow you to quickly reach your Stores (see below), create resources and assets, and access other options and features.
  2. Stores. The 'Stores' can be accessed here, or via the Burger Menu. This is where you access your Assets and Resources. The difference between the two are 'Assets' are items you have created (either by filling in a Resource, or uploading a file), whereas Resources are blank forms yet to be filled in (either system defaults, ones shared with you by others, or ones you have made yourself to fill in later). More details about Assets and Resources.
  3. Last Worked On. A shortcut to the last Asset you have been working on.
  4. ATLAS. The blue globe icon at the top of the screen takes you to ATLAS, the part of PebblePad where assessment is administered. Introduction to ATLAS.
Creating a Resource

Create a Resource (a form for you or another person to fill in later) by clicking on 'Get Creative' in the Burger Menu. This can be a Template (a single page) or a Workbook (several pages). In this example we'll create a Template - see also more detailed instructions for building Templates, and details of how to build Workbooks.

A screenshot of the PebblePad template creator, labelled as below.

  1. Add Content. This button is where you'll find all the different fields you can add to a page. These include 'Popular' fields (standard form fields including text boxes, date pickers, check boxes, etc), 'Hints' (expository text and images), 'Capabilities' (places learners can add ratings and evidence) and 'Tables'.
  2. Save. Regularly click this button to save your work.
  3. Banners. You can change the banner from the default pebbles by clicking 'Replace Image', and choosing from a bank of inbuilt images or uploading your own.
  4. Save as... This part of the Template is the field where the user filling out this Template will put the filename for the asset they're creating. It is best to keep that as it is, and at the top of the Template.
Using a Resource

To fill out this resource, go to your Resource store (via the homepage or Burger Menu) and click on its name. As it's a Resource you created yourself, click 'Create a Response' (not 'Edit Resource'). Give your response a name in the 'Save as...' field, fill in as much as you want in your Template, and click Save. You will now see this Asset saved in your Asset Store. Click on its name to open and edit it should you need to.

Other types of Asset

As well as creating Assets by filling out resources, you can create assets that are Pages (one page) or Portfolios (multi-page). These are created free-form from scratch without filling out resources. The process to create them is similar to Templates and Workbooks, except you're adding content rather than blank fields. For details see:

Sharing resources

Your resources can be shared with learners, either for their personal use or to be formally assessed. This is usually done via ATLAS. For details how this works see:

Further links

Full PebblePad guides

PebblePad Support (login via 'university/organisation').