PebbleBash '18

The theme of this year’s conference is scaling-up, though many of you may prefer to think of this in terms of moving to the next level. Our intention is to reflect the growing maturity of practice with portfolios, portfolio-inspired learning and teaching, and the platforms that support these approaches. We have observed that the institutions and organisations we work with are grappling with a growing list of challenges to which technologies like ours seem to provide an effective answer - especially when deployed thoughtfully, and at scale.

We are seeking submissions that talk to the transition from small scale, often single-point use of PebblePad to uses which are more fully-integrated into the wider learning experience. We are particularly interested in showcasing and celebrating successful program-wide or institution-wide projects. Like all previous ‘Bashes there will be a strong focus on pedagogy, especially on learning and assessment design. But it is impossible to really scale up without senior stakeholder involvement, strategic planning, good project management, and having carefully thought through integrations with other institutional systems – so we would like to include presentations which consider ideas, challenges and successes from these perspectives.

Of course, we know that scaling up means different things to different people in different contexts. We are also aware that some people are doing remarkable work at smaller scale and so we will also provide space in the programme to showcase the very best of this work.


Where's it all happening?

We are returning to the warm and welcoming Grange Cleveland Winery which sits in the heart of the Macedon Ranges wine country. With glorious views across the vineyard, the property offers modern, architect designed guest suites and excellent conference facilities, nestled alongside a historic 1890s Homestead.

As with all previous ‘Bashes we have chosen intimacy over scale in order to capitalise on the benefits of immersing ourselves into a hassle-free, highly collaborative, residential sharing and learning experience.


What can I expect?

We always have big expectations for PebbleBash and this year will be no different. The roaring success of previous conferences means that we know for sure that the conference will be big on fun and big on brilliant ideas from experts and practitioners from across the globe.


PebbleBash 2018 Key Dates

  • Call for Papers announced - Monday, 11th December 2017
  • Deadline for submissions - Thursday, 29th March 2018
  • Authors notified of submission outcome - Friday, 20th April 2018
  • PebbleBash 2018 begins - Monday, 10th December 2018