An ePortfolio can help you:

  • Bring documents together to evidence your learning at QMU and on placement
  • Provide a space for reflection on your learning development either at QMU or on placement

At Queen Margaret University the ePortfolio tool PebblePad is used, which runs in a web browser and can be accessed anywhere.

What is PebblePad?

PebblePad is a system for logging and evidencing achievements, experiences and skills. Pebblepad has two parts, Pebble+ and ATLAS. Pebble+ is where students will access workspaces. Work is set and marked in ATLAS (Active Teaching, Learning and Assessment Space), Students normally never need to go into ATLAS.

Diagram illustrating Pebble+ and ATLAS working together

Watch the introductory video What is Pebblepad?

Accessing PebblePad

PebblePad is accessible direct at the QMU eportfolio login page, or when it is used in a module in the Hub using the Pebble+ icon.

Google Chrome is the recommended browser (version 59 minimum).

Browser settings require cookies to be enabled and the pop-up blocker disabled.

You can review your browser settings using the Browser Compatibility

Student Guidance for PebblePad

Pebblepad consists of a number of tools. The tools are used to create different types of online resources, called Assets in PebblePad. The tools we use most widely at QMU at the moment are the Portfolio and Blog. Some tutors use the Workbook. If you are asked to use PebblePad for an Assignment, your tutor should make it clear which of these tools you should use to create your Assets.

Anything you create in Pebble+ or upload to Pebble+ is called an Asset. Watch What is an Asset? to get more information on creating and uploading Assets.

Resources are like empty forms you fill in which help you structure your work. As you complete and save them they become assets. In Pebble+, resources which are single page forms are referred to as templates and when there are multiple forms they are called workbooks. Watch What is a resource? to get more information on accessing resources.


A Blog is an online diary (or log). A Blog consists of Posts. The latest Post always appears at the top of the feed. Everything you add to a Blog is timestamped. You might be asked to keep a Blog while on a Placement:

Sometimes your tutor might provide a Template as a starting point for creating your Assets.

Only you can access your PebblePad Assets. When you submit an Asset to an Assignment, your tutor can also see it. It is also possible to share your Asset with other people who use PebblePad.

Submitting your work for assessment and sharing your Asset

Your tutors may wish you to submit your work. Once you are ready, you will need to access your work and click on ‘I want to’ and then select ‘Share/For assessment.’

Help with PebblePad

Help with PebblePad is available at

Staff Guidance for PebblePad

The part of PebblePad where students submit their asset to an Assignment is called ATLAS. Students normally never need to go into this area. You cannot see a student's work until they submit to ATLAS (unless they Share it via email).

Before students can submit work, a Workspace must be set up for that module or class of students.

Workspaces are set up by the School Office. They should be requested using this form:

Workspace Request Form (Word doc).

Guides for staff:

PebblePad App

PebblePad has a free app aimed at students called PebblePocket.  It can be used to create, edit and and save the mobile Assets on your device and send them to your Pebble+ Asset Store. 

Screenshots from the Pebblepad app

It is available for iOS and Android devices for devices with the following mobile operating systems:

  • iOS 7.1.2 and above
  • Android 4.2.1 and above

More information on the Pebble help site

PebblePad Alumni account

Continuing access after completion of course

Students can continue to use PebblePad and share assets after they finish at QMU by creating a free Alumni account. This should be done before leaving QMU.

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