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

QMU and a number of other universities use an EPortfolio system called PebblePad.

PebblePad is a suite of tools (similar to Microsoft Office) 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 are also starting to use the Workbook.  As a suite of tools, Assets can link to each other, for example a portfolio page can have a link to a Blog Post.

Assets can be submitted to Assignments, and can be shared with other people, even people without a PebblePad account.

PebblePad is a web application: that means it runs in a web browser and can be accessed anywhere.


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:

The Centre for Academic Practice runs training sessions on PebblePad. Areas covered include Workbooks and Feedback. Please see the CAP Workshops webpage to book a place.

Individual, one-to-one sessions are available on request. Please contact us at:


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.

A Portfolio is a website consisting of webpages:


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.


Help with PebblePad

Help with PebblePad is available at

There are also drop-in help sessions most weeks during semester time: these are normally on Wednesdays from 14:15 - 15:15 in the Effective Learning Services (ELS) room in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).


Submitting your work for assessment

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.’
A video provides more information about how to do this.

Free App

PebblePad has a free app aimed at students. This is called Pebble Pocket.  It can be used to create content offline which is uploaded when a network is available. 

It is available for IOs and Android devices. More information on the Pebble help site.


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.