PebbleBash 2014 - Workshops

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Pre-Conference Workshops Monday 14 April 2014

  • All workshops: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Includes optional lunch at 12noon (must RSVP)
  • Includes afternoon tea
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Workshop 1: Senior Stakeholder Forum

This forum will provide a unique opportunity for senior institution stakeholders to meet with the PebblePad senior development team from the UK. Attendees will be invited to raise issues and questions for discussion. Likely topics relate to issues of policy, strategy, support and the PebblePad development roadmap.

Facilitators: Shane Sutherland (Development Director) & Toni Lavender (Chief Development Officer)
Shane Sutherland
Shane Sutherland is the Development Director and co-founder of Pebble Learning and an active contributor to the eportfolio community.
Shane's diverse learning career evolved into a varied teaching career, ultimately working as a Principle Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton with roles in staff development and teacher education. Shane introduced PebblePad to the university in 2004 and spent 3 years as the ePortfolio Co-ordinator.
Drawing upon his learning and teaching background, and with considerable experience to fuel his ideas, Shane now promotes the concept of the Personal Learning Space – and is kept busy overseeing the continual development of PebblePad.
 
Toni Lavender
Toni Lavender is the Chief Development Officer at Pebble Learning and was previously the Lead Front Developer since development began in 2004.
Toni's responsibilities include managing and mentoring our development teams, making sure user experience is always at the forefront of our thinking and researching new technologies.
Before joining the PebblePad team Toni worked in elearning for 4 years, creating interactive learning materials and also has a years teaching experience in further education.
 
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Workshop 2: Understanding Assessment in ATLAS

This workshop is for those involved in planning and managing complex assessment tasks in ATLAS. A series of assessment scenarios will be explored and the various management options discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to present their own assessment scenarios for input from Colin and the group.

Facilitator: Colin Dalziel (Operations Director)
Colin Dalziel
Colin Dalziel is Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of Pebble Learning.
With 18 years' experience in educational technology Colin has a rich background in fields such as Online Assessment, Managed Learning Environments and of course Personal Learning.
Since setting up Pebble Learning with Shane, Colin has been involved in just about every part of the business over the last 11 years. In his role as Chief Operations Officer, Colin now supports the development of the business and is involved in the strategic direction of the company with a particular interest in spreading the pebble message around the world.
 
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Workshop 3: PebblePad in Healthcare

This workshop is aimed at those facilitating the use of PebblePad within Health disciplines. The session will focus on sharing examples of PebblePad practice both here in Australia and in the UK and discussing the issues and challenges associated with the use of PebblePad in healthcare. This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for practitioners to make connections with others working in similar contexts nationally and internationally.

Facilitator: Deborah Holmes (UK PebblePad Consultant for Healthcare and practicing midwife)
Deborah Holmes
Debbie is a Consultant with Pebble Learning and specialises in supporting the use of PebblePad for Healthcare. She has a background in Healthcare and Higher Education, having trained as a nurse and a midwife, and she remains a practising midwife.
Having worked as a Senior Lecturer for ten years at the University of Wolverhampton Debbie has experience in curriculum design and led on the implementation of PebblePad in the Midwifery programme. She also worked as an Educational Translator assisting other Health Care Teams to manage PebblePad in their new curricula as well as supporting other forms of elearning.
Debbie also has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Education and a particular interest in reflective learning and the use of eportfolios to demonstrate practice learning.
 
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Workshop 4: PebblePad in Education

This workshop is aimed at those facilitating the use of PebblePad within Education. The session will focus on sharing examples of PebblePad practice both here in Australia and in the UK and discussing the issues and challenges associated with the use of PebblePad in Education. This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for practitioners to make connections with others working in similar contexts nationally and internationally.

Facilitators: Dr Jennifer Masters (Lecturer in Education, La Trobe University) and Dr Kath Fisher (Lecturer in Education, Southern Cross University)
Dr Jennifer Masters
Jenny Masters is an academic and a researcher in the field of ICT in Education. She is a senior lecturer at La Trobe University and coordinates the Early Childhood Education program in the Faculty of Education at the Bendigo campus.
Her research interests include the creative and applied use of computers, informal learning and social constructivism, mobile learning, notions of ethical digital citizenship and personal reflection through digital portfolios.
Jenny implemented PebblePad as a portfolio system in 2008 and was one of the first educators to use PebblePad in Australia. The Faculty of Education at La Trobe University, Bendigo worked with Pebble Learning UK to trial the new PebblePad Personal Learning System (PLS) in 2012 and in 2013 the system was integrated through the Bachelor of Education program and the Early Childhood Courses, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor of Early Learning. Jenny presented at the inaugural ‘PebbleBash’ conference in the UK in 2010 and was a sessional presenter at the Australian Pebblegogy Conference in 2011.
 
Dr Kath Fisher
Dr Kath Fisher currently works at Southern Cross University's School of Education as a lecturer in the Master of Education program. In that role she supports teaching professionals to develop professional ePortfolios using PebblePad.
Until the end of 2013 Kath was employed at SCU's Division of Teaching and Learning as the ePortfolio project officer, where she worked with academic staff across a number of programs to implement PebblePad in their courses. Kath has taught in universities and TAFE for over thirty years in politics, sociology, economics, group processes, academic practice and research management. Her research interests are in critical self-reflection, reflective practice and ePortfolios, experiential and community engaged learning, deliberative democracy and innovative consultation methods. Kath is also a professional facilitator specialising in community engagement and has lived on an intentional community in the Northern Rivers of NSW for 26 years.
 
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