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About the University of Waterloo 

The University of Waterloo is located in the heart of Canada's technology hub, and is growing its network of global partnerships and building bridges with industry, institutions and communities. A leader in experiential learning, Waterloo strives to make the world the classroom for their students and PebblePad is delighted to support student learning both within and beyond the boundaries of their classrooms. Ranked number 1 for Experiential learning and STEM, and third overall in the best Canadian university rankings, the University of Waterloo strives to go beyond expectations.


We adopted PebblePad to support academic, professional and personal development goals of learners, while encouraging them to provide evidence of their achievement of course and program outcomes and professional competencies. The university sees this implementation as a partnership with PebblePad in the support of integrative learning.


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Scaffolding learning

At Waterloo, over 70% of all undergraduates participate in a paid co-op experience. Co-operative Education (Co-op) is centrally coordinated, supporting Co-op degree programs in six faculties (Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics and Science). As part of their degree, students in the co-op program who have worked in research-focused positions on multiple work-terms can elect to have this recognized through the Co-op Research Certificate initiative. . PebblePad helps scaffold the learner’s experiences through a self-study guide to aid reflection and skill development, which is shared for the opportunity to receive some personal guidance/feedback.

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Engaging in this work reinforced how influential even a small degree of reflection and feedback can be in supporting student success.

Jeremy Steffler Faculty Relations Manager for the Faculty of Mathematics, Entrepreneurship & Research Centres and Institutes, Co-operative Education




Supporting assessment and feedback off campus

PebblePad is used to support an online Master of Social Work graduate program with 150 students and 150 external assessors. A PebblePad workbook facilitates effective mechanisms for authentic, direct measures of assessment, and includes self-assessment, peer, and faculty feedback processes. The 150 practicing professionals external to the institution are securely provided access to the student’s capstone project for assessment.


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Using the workbook to guide and assess learning has helped shift the program from a didactic model toward a more student-centered model. PebblePad has been a real life-saver during these [COVID] times!

Supporting institution-wide success

Learn more about how PebblePad supports both student and staff success at the University of Waterloo across multiple disciplines and touchpoints in the learning journey.

  • Co-Op

  • Undergraduate Research (CERC)

  • First year experiences

  • Capstone

  • Reflective communication to foster critical thinking

  • Reflective Blogging 

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Students are responding to their peers’ comments and implementing the suggested changes… which speaks to the effectiveness of the process!! I think that in my 10 years of teaching here, this is the first time that this has happened so effectively.

French Studies Course Instructor - Elise Lepage



  • School of Accounting and Finance

  • Faculty Arts

  • Faculty of Engineering

  • Faculty of Environment

  • Faculty of Health

  • School of Accounting and Vision Science

  • School of Public Health and Health Systems

  • School of Social Work

  • Student Success Office

  • Co-operative Education

  • Gender Studies

  • Public Health

Four reasons why institutions like the University of Waterloo trust us to help them make a meaningful difference to their students' success.


We're more than a little proud of our 17-year track record of helping universities scaffold learning journeys which make a meaningful difference to student success. 


We're big enough to be trusted by leading organisations across the globe, but small enough to value every partner. It's why our customer-base, just like our team, is growing year on year.


PebblePad offers unrivalled capability when it comes to student-centred learning - helping universities transform the learning journey on and off campus - at any scale, across any context.


Our customers rely on us to support business-critical activity at scale, 24 hours a day. You only need to look at our uptime and usage data to see that PebblePad is a platform you can trust.

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I continue to be impressed with the engagement and support that the PebblePad team continues to provide to guide us on our learning journey. We couldn’t have come this far without this support.

Katherine Lithgow Senior Educational Developer: Integrative and Experiential Learning