Padlet is a collaborative tool which allows staff to create online boards for students (or anyone) to share information using digital post-it notes that contain text, images, links and other types of media. There are a wide range of Padlet board styles and formats to choose from so have a look through the Padlet Gallery for design ideas.
Padlet is accessed through a web browser, a mobile app and can even be embedded within Moodle. The University has an institutional Padlet (https://edinburghnapier.padlet.org) which provides a choice of privacy settings which are described below. Staff need to have a Padlet account to get started so please contact the Learning Support Team if you wish to use Padlet with your students.
Padlet privacy settings
There are four settings to choose from
- Private: padlets are private by default so nobody can view and post content. To ensure the most secure padlet then only invite specific people who have a University Padlet account.
- Organisation wide: anyone logged in with their University Padlet account and who also has the padlet URL can view and post content.
- Password protected: anyone who has the padlet password can view and post content. A University Padlet account is not needed and so this is a less secure option.
- Secret: Anyone who has the padlet URL can view and post content. This is the least secure option as the URL can be distributed by anyone who has it.
Password protected and Secret padlet postings are anonymous. Private and Organisation wide padlet postings can be anonymous, or can have the posters name attributed as they will be logged in with their University padlet account.
Padlets can be exported in PDF, Excel or image formats which is recommended when using padlet for assessment purposes and you need to keep a permanent record.
Padlet and Moodle
Padlets can be embedded within Moodle in two main ways.
If you are using a password protected or secret padlet so that postings are anonymous, then you can simply add the URL to your Moodle course. Alternatively you can embed the padlet within a Page using the embed code.
If you are using a private or an organisation wide padlet and your students require their University Padlet account to post content, then you can add the padlet to Moodle as an external tool. This means that students will not be prompted for their Padlet password.
Contact the Learning Support Team for any support with Padlet.