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Blackboard and Digital Learning


PebblePad is a versatile online learning portfolio platform available to students and staff at the University of Derby. 

The e-portfolio has the concept of reflection at its core and it features a large range of templates to enable you to plan, record, reflect on, and evidence your learning experiences, activities and much more. Bringing together your learning journey stories in a powerful and interactive way.

PebblePad is used across many different courses for reflection and recording experiences and activities. There are many ways you can use PebblePad and the built-in resources provide a very useful structure for recording experiences and reflections.

Your PebblePad university account can be converted to an alumni account once you leave the university which means you can take a record of all your experiences and reflections with you when you graduate. This can be particularly helpful for job interviews.

How to Access PebblePad

To access PebblePad from Blackboard:

  • Login to your module or programme area on Blackboard
  • Click on the PebblePad link you have been provided.

This should automatically log you in to PebblePad.

PebblePad Help and Support

Pebble Pad help and support is available from their website, once logged in click on the 'burger' menu (top left), then select 'Help and Support'.


The PebblePad 'Knowledge Base' contains also lots of useful information, tutorials and guidance.

Alumni Account

If you have been using PebblePad during your course, you are entitled to a free Personal Pebble+ Alumni Account. This can contain everything you had in your University Asset Store as well as providing you with additional space to carry on using for personal and professional development. Please follow the instructions on how to activate your alumni account.

This account must be activated within 3 months of your programme being formally completed but will continue to be free for as long as the University of Derby holds a license for PebblePad.