Padlet is approved for academic use and is integrated with LMS.

What is Padlet?

Padlet is an online multimedia collaborative bulletin board. Users can add a range of media types, such as text, images, media, audio, concept maps, documents, and URLs. Everyone can easily contribute to a shared Padlet from their own device (computer, tablet, phone).

What is the purpose of Padlet?

Padlet boards allow for a range of collaborative uses. It is a great blank slate with multiple layout options for study groups, class projects, brainstorming, and discussions.

  • Is a fast, simple space to share ideas and multimedia
  • Provides a community gathering space for resources, ideas and skill-building
  • Embeds into Canvas, for ease of access

Why use Padlet?

The primary value of Padlet is as a visually appealing collection of resources, brainstorming, and/or discussions that allows students to interact and develop social presence. Padlet can be scaled from a space to share resources to place to build a community of inquiry where higher order cognitive skills are practiced and honed.

Better learning occurs when: 

  • Students have opportunity to construct meaning with others in engaging, active environments, using and sharing what they have learned 
  • Students have places and preferred ways to record, reorganize, and store information

Learning Technology Ecosystem (LTE) Principles

Padlet most directly address these LTE goals: 

Active and social Learning is a process of meaning-making, constructed through learning with others, and as a part of an intentional, deliberate system within a course and across experiences. 

 

Best Practices

DO

DON'T

 Student engagement and community building

 Use for student evaluation such as quizzes or exams

 Sharing of resources organized by topic

 Building of collaborative skills, concepts and ideas, communities of inquiry

 Alternative to discussion forums

 Student leadership in leading/moderating boards

 

Review support page for guides, FAQs, and how to videos.

 

Support for Padlet

Technical Support

(Why isn't this working?) 

Vendor Supported

Self-supported

Training Support

 (How do I learn to use this tool?)

Vendor Supported

Self-supported

Teaching Support

 (How do I teach with this tool?)

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning Supported

Tool Evaluation

Technologies are evaluated based on their alignment with the Learning Technologies Ecosystem Principles.  Click to see explanations of each principle and a justification of the rating. You can also view a complete blank rubric to see more details or read about the assessment process.

Learning must be found easily at any time, and all learners and teachers have equitable access, regardless of culture, language, ability etc. 
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Rating: Works well

  • Accessibility standards:
    • The tool meets common and legal accessibility guidelines.
    • Features are designed to make use of the tool more equitable.

  • Cost of use for USask students:
    • All aspects of the tool can be used free of charge by students (subscription fee for instructor or department)
    • Requires typical equipment that students and instructors are likely to have
  • Platform/device:
    • Users can effectively utilize the tool with any standard, up-to-date device and/or browser.

  • Offline Access:
    • The mobile platform cannot be used offline.

Learning is a process of meaning-making, constructed through learning with others, and as a part of an intentional, deliberate system within a course and across experiences.
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Rating: Works well

  • Collaboration:
    • Padlet has the capacity to support a community of learning through asynchronous or synchronous opportunities for communication, interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users.

  • Sharing:
    • The tool is designed to allow users to choose multiple options for sharing learning, including public, to limited viewers, and private.

Learning is refined and extended through prompted and supported opportunities to focus on understanding and next steps.
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Rating: Works well

  • Reflection and revision:
    • The tool is designed to allow annotation as a part of core functionality. Iterations can be easily shared and commented on by the creator as a part of core functions.
    • Instructors, TAs and/or assigned leaders can prompt and support by commenting on posts.

Learning is most effective when systems are designed to help learners find, create, and/or repurpose significant content for the value of themselves and others.
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Rating: Works well

  • Creating:
    • The tool is designed for easy generation of content that can be manipulated and reused.

  • File format:
    • The tool allows for exports in PDF format by the instructor so work can easily be shared and referenced for potential remixing.
    • Supports almost every file type for uploading; content can be embedded from any web page with links and files appearing as visual previews

Learners create and control spaces for learning, understanding and retaining ownership, and purposefully choosing how and when they share.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Archiving, saving, and exporting data:
    • There are limitations to archiving, saving, and exporting content and activity data. 
    • If padlet board subscriptions limit boards, they must be ‘wiped clean’ for reuse. Content and activity can be exported as PDFs to archive or be saved by the account administrator. Moderator/instructor comments are not captured in a PDF.

  • Data privacy and ownership:
    • Users maintain ownership and copyright of their intellectual property/data. 
    • The Padlet account administrator can control information through privacy settings and decide if/how data is to be shared. See Padlet - Privacy for details.

  • Sign Up/Sign In:
    • Instructors, as the Padlet account administrators are the only users required to provide personal information to set up an account.

  • Customization:
    • Padlet is easy to customize to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes.

Learners need to work in a system that is fluid and requires a minimum number of steps in systems that are intuitive and integrated.
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Rating: Works well

  • Interface:
    • The tool has a user-friendly interface, and it is easy for instructors and students to become skillful and personalize the tool.

  • Additional Downloads:
    • Users do not need to download additional software or browser extensions.

  • Functionality:
    • Can be embedded into a Canvas page for easy access
    • Padlet apps available for most devices.
    • For best results on the phone browser it's best to leave the Canvas iframe by and to launch the padlet in its own tab.

Learners exist in accessible networks, and connect to the experiences, concepts, people, and ideas that they need.
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Rating: Works well

  • Scale:
    • Number of users viewing the materials is not limited.
    • Number of authors on a group or class blog is not limited
  • Flexibility of Media:
    • In addition to text, images and videos can be added to posts and pages
  • Engagement
    • While an unlimited number of users can view the materials at the same time, only one user can be editing a page at the same time.

Learning and feedback are iterative, and assessment comes from multiple sources, including self, peers, teachers, and outside experts.
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  • Feedback:
    • No ability for direct feedback, but the public nature of published posts and pages allows for a wide audience to provide feedback through the comments feature (users with permissions for that blog can control the posting of comments).