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PORTFOLIO

FEATURES AND
FUNCTIONALITY
CHECKLIST.

A comprehensive checklist to help you compare and contrast


portfolio capability across different platforms.

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Section 1: Pebble Plus, the Personal Learning Space.

General features & functionality

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Provides prompts and frameworks for supporting


YES
reflection.

Can be used equally well by learners from foundation


YES
students through to professional learners and staff.

Allows users to always keep records private and secure. YES

Allows sharing with internal and external (non-account


YES
holding) users.

Allows work to be submitted for assessment to secure,


YES
organisationally controlled areas.

Allows work to be published to the web. YES

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Assets

An asset in PebblePad can be one of a number of different things. For example, a PebblePad
asset can be uploaded media evidence captured through the PebblePad app, it can be an
entire showcase portfolio, or just a short reflective post. An asset can also be an aggregation of
multiple assets such as a completed digital workbook or an activity log.

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Provides out-of-the-box templates for recording generic


events such as meetings, action plans, achievements and YES
abilities.

Includes a Template Builder that enables all users to


create their own templates to support the recording of YES
any activity or experience.

Prompts reflection on all records. YES

Allows users to record points or hours against any asset


YES
for the purposes of logging progress towards targets.

Allows an asset to be linked to any other asset for the


purpose of evidencing or supporting planning or YES
reflection.

Allows any asset to be added to any kind of aggregation


YES
(e.g. a collection, blog, portfolio, etc.).

Allows any asset to be duplicated. YES

Allows comment and discussion on any asset. YES

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows any asset to be tagged with system tags (e.g.


YES
attributes) and with personal tags.

Allows any individual asset, or collection of assets, to be


YES
individually or cumulatively assessed and graded.

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Sharing

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows any asset to be shared with a range of


YES
permissions including commenting and copying.

Allows any asset to be shared with collaboration


YES
permissions allowing multiple authorship.

Allows users to set time limits on shared items. YES

Allows assets to be shared with external users such as


YES
employers.

Allows sharing to be rescinded at any time. YES

Allows assets to be instantly updated without requiring


YES
re-sharing.

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Templates

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows all users to create highly individualized templates. YES

Provides a range of common form elements for ease of


authorship including: scale questions; Likert-style; YES
multiple choice; selectable list; tables.

Allows templates to be shared with individual learners,


YES
groups or whole institutions.

Allows selected fields to be completed only by assessors. YES

Allows feedback templates to be created. YES

Allows templates to be hyperlinked from other systems. YES

Allows templates to be auto-updated even when


YES
distributed and in use.

Allows templates to be aggregated into a digital


YES
workbook.

Allows users designing templates to cascade tags to help


YES
end-users organise and collate assets.

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Workbooks

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows all users to create multi-page workbooks. YES

Any existing template can be added to a workbook or


YES
new templates can be created within a workbook.

Placeholders for Blogs, Activity Logs, Portfolios, and


YES
Collections can be added to a workbook.

Allows a combination of content/context and interactive


YES
activities to be included on any page or pages.

Allows workbooks to be easily shared with individual


YES
learners, groups or whole organisations.

Allows the addition of items and/or pages even once the


YES
workbooks are in use, including adaptive page release.

Enables digital signatures to be included on template


YES
and workbook pages.

Allows progress tracking to be enabled to track a users


YES
progress through an entire digital workbook.

Allows users designing workbooks to cascade tags to


YES
help end-users organise and collate their assets.

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Presentation Assets

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Has a portfolio building capacity that allows users to


create narrative accounts of development and YES
achievement with hyperlinks to selected evidence.

Allows users to embed portfolios within portfolios to


YES
create multiple layers of evidence.

Allows users to fully customize the design and structure


YES
of their portfolios.

Allows users to choose from a broad range of default


YES
aesthetic designs.

Allows users to create new designs and banners based


YES
on their uploaded images.

Allows users to copy and reuse the designs of others


YES
(e.g. designs created by the organisation).

Allows users to add, delete, and reorder pages at any


YES
time.

Allows images and videos to be embedded within the


YES
text.

Allows embedding of media from external sources such


YES
as YouTube within a page.

Automatically updates portfolios when linked items are


YES
edited.

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows multiple authors to contribute to group portfolios. YES

Allows users to embed completed workbooks within


YES
portfolios to create multi layers of evidence.

Allows users to embed completed templates within


YES
portfolios to create multi layers of evidence.

Allows multiple authors to contribute to group portfolios. YES

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Activity Logs

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows creation of multiple logs to support recording of


YES
activity on different projects or for different purposes.

Automatically records and totals points and/or time from


YES
linked assets.

Blogs

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows users to create unlimited blogs. YES

Allows any asset to be posted to a blog. YES

Saves blog posts as unique assets for reuse. YES

Allows posts to remain private when shared. YES

Allows images, audio and video to be posted to blogs. YES

Provides granular permissions allowing blogs and blog


YES
posts to be viewed independently.

Provides permissions to allow others to post to


YES
collaborative blog

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows blogs to be embedded as a page within a portfolio YES

Capabilities

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows authors to create specific templates to support


YES
skill profiles, competency frameworks, and self-audits.

Allows learners to rate / re-rate development over time. YES

Prompts user justification or rationale for claims. YES

Allows the recording of multiple forms of evidence for


YES
articulated skills.

Allows verification by assessors, mentors or external. YES

Allows users to create development plans linked to


YES
specific capabilities or skills.

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Collections

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows users to automatically aggregate items in


YES
collections based on search criteria.

New assets that meet the criteria will be automatically


YES
added to the collection.

Allows a tutor to specify a criteria to aggregate specific


YES
assets or those based on tag or date range.

Files

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows the uploading of any file type YES

Allows files to be shared, commented on, and linked like


YES
native assets

Uploaded media files are automatically formatted and


YES
compressed

Video files are stored and delivered from a dedicated


streaming service which delivers the video in the most YES
appropriate size for the device viewing the video

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows user-created websites to be uploaded and reused


YES
through PebblePad.

Allow access to defined external stores including Google


YES
Drive, OneDrive and DropBox.

Supports the inclusion of Digital Badges. YES

Other tools

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

A searchable asset Store containing all the assets created


YES
in Pebble+ and received from other systems.

Published Assets for viewing and managing all assets


YES
published via the web in one place.

Resource Centre contains all templates and workbooks


created in Pebble+ and received from others, including YES
resources from ATLAS workspaces.

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Section 2: ATLAS, the assessment space

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Provides organisationally controlled spaces (workspaces)


YES
for the submission of work.

Enables workspace managers to provide relevant


resources for users to view, copy, and/or auto submit to YES
the workspace.

Enables workspace managers to facilitate discussions


YES
with groups of students and/or other tutors.

Allows external examiners and other stakeholders to


YES
view work on nominated workspaces.

Provides organisationally controlled spaces (workspaces)


YES
for the submission of work.

Enables workspace managers to provide relevant


resources for users to view, copy, and/or auto submit to YES
the workspace.

Allows a tutor to filter submissions to accept only certain


YES
asset or file types.

Allows submission deadlines to be set. YES

Allows extension periods to be set. YES

Allows revision periods to be set. YES

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Takes snapshot of work at any point to enable


YES
assessment of submissions.

Enables users to continue to edit work during the


assessment process without impacting on the version YES
being assessed.

Enables earlier versions of work to be viewed and


YES
compared.

Allows grades and feedback to be added. YES

Allows full archiving of workspace and associated


YES
resources and conversations.

Enables large groups of users to be organized into


smaller sets with tutors only seeing the submissions YES
from the sets to which they are assigned.

Allows for multiple assignments with different deadlines


YES
on the one workspace.

Allows blind and double blind marking. YES

Allows formative and summative feedback. YES

Allows peer review (and anonymous peer review). YES

Provides a feedback comment bank and supports the


YES
upload of video/audio feedback.

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Provides approval statements for three levels of approval


nd
e.g. to support 2 marking, moderation and external YES
approval.

Provides assessment feedback templates. YES

Allows group population from the MIS and/or LMS. YES

Contains a detailed log that records all workspace


YES
activity.

Supports rubric scoring for self and assessor based


assessment as well as the use of dedicated feedback YES
templates.

Provides tools to facilitate the management of multiple


YES
external assessors from external organisations.

Provides reports on submitted templates and


YES
workbooks.

Provides reports on feedback templates completed by


YES
assessors.

Supports assessment using weightings/scorecards. YES

Export of grades. YES

Supports the export of submissions as PDF and offers


YES
comprehensive archiving capability.

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Section 3: Mobile compatibility, interoperability and more

Interoperability

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Transfer personal data from Management information


YES
system/ member database (MIS).

Transfer group membership/course related information


YES
from MIS.

Support IMS LTI 2.0standard to allow integration with


YES
other learning systems.

Provides an API to support data transfer. YES

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Authentication

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

LDAP. YES

Active Directory. YES

TLS. YES

Internal authentication database. YES

Shibboleth. YES

OAuth. YES

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Interface with Moodle

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

SSO from Moodle. YES

Create PebblePad assets within Moodle and save in


YES
PebblePad.

Supports account creation from Moodle. YES

Create assessment workspaces based upon Moodle


YES
groups.

Transfer grades to Moodle gradebook. YES

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Interface with Blackboard

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

SSO from Blackboard. YES

Create PebblePad assets within Blackboard and save in


YES
PebblePad.

Create ATLAS workspaces based upon Blackboard


YES
groups.

Supports account creation from Blackboard. YES

Shares group and role information from Blackboard. YES

Transfer grades to Blackboard gradebook. YES

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Interface with Canvas

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

SSO from Canvas. YES

Supports account creation from Canvas. YES

Interface with D2L

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

SSO from D2L. YES

Supports account creation from D2L. YES

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Smart Phones

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Dedicated app for iOS. YES

Dedicated app for Android. YES

Responsive version suitable for smart phones access. YES

Allows file upload for video and images from app. YES

Tablet Devices

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Dedicated app for iOS. YES

Dedicated app for Android. YES

Responsive version suitable for tablet device access. YES

Full access to ATLAS. YES

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PebblePocket App

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows users to complete records when they do not have


YES
access to Wi-Fi or an internet connection.

Allows users to link their PebblePad accounts to the app. YES

Allows users to select specific records created in the app


and send them to their PebblePad account as long as YES
internet connection is available.

The user is able to take a photo or video on their phone,


YES
via the app and it will automatically create a file asset.

The user can access photos and videos previously taken


and add these into the app, which allows them to be YES
added to their account.

Accessibility

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Accessible HTML version for use with assistive


YES
technology.

Increased button size and tabbing. YES

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Administration

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Allows an administrator to manage groups. YES

Allow administrators to create and manage internal


YES
accounts.

Allows an administrator to generate global usage


YES
statistics.

Provides tools to customise default tags for all users. YES

Provides tools to customise default templates. YES

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Administration

Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Provides regular updates and roadmap. YES

Designed by qualified teachers and learning designers. YES

Supports implementations in excess of 100,000 users. YES

Provided as a fully hosted and maintained service. YES

Supports SSL and VPN. YES

Has a large, international and positive user community. YES

Has a broad range of real examples of use from students


YES
and practitioners.

Has a comprehensive inbuilt online help system. YES

Has an online community. YES

Provides extensive help materials. YES

Provides video tutorials. YES

Provides telephone and email support. YES

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Feature/functionality PebblePad Other platform

Runs national, regional and organisational training


YES
workshops.

Holds an annual user conference. YES

Is used by professional bodies. YES

Has very close links with academic institutions to support


YES
its development roadmap.

Has won international awards for its impact on learning. YES

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