Padlet

Padlet is a Supported audience participation tool that can be used to capture and display notes and posts from your learners in one place in real time.

Introduction

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Want to collect input from your students in one place? Wouldn’t it be great if learners could post their responses to your questions/prompts in the right place, in real time and where everyone could view the conversation?

Padlet is a great for encouraging participation on specific discussion points and keeping it all in one place. It’s also easy to embed your Padlets onto other websites or directly inside Aula, which could be another tool for engaging learners. It allows you to “make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.”

You can access Padlet with your university credentials (choose the “Log in with Microsoft” option) here:

https://coventryunionline.padlet.org/

Can I use it?

This tool is marked as Supported in the Teaching and Learning Ecosystem document, meaning while it may not integrate perfectly with Aula and may or may not use Single Sign on, it’s generally available to staff for teaching and learning. If you’re not sure how to get started, you can contact the Learning Enhancement Team to find out more.

Firewall Status: Safe  This tool is likely to work for learners in countries with more restrictive firewalls

Accessibility

As of early 2021, Padlet is compatible with screen reader software and navigable by keyboard, but users can’t yet create or edit content with the keyboard. The Padlet team have added accessibility engineers to their team and are hoping to resolve this limitation soon.

You can stay up to date with the progress of the tool’s accessibility features on “Accessibility and Padlet” page of their website.

Possible alternatives

If you need to use an alternative tool for collating collecting group feedback, you can also use Microsoft Planner, which offers a layout similar to Padlet’s Wall or Grid layouts (but without image thumbnails) and can be set to be viewable or editable by anyone in the institution.

Or, to create a collaborative document with your learners, you could also make a shared page or notebook with your students using Microsoft OneNote.

What can I do with it?

Here are some articles other educators and support staff have created to help you use this tool:

About the author(s)

  • Noah Mitchell

    I work at Coventry University's Disruptive Media Learning Lab where I focus on digital projects such as Coventry.Domains. I'm passionate about digital fluency, design and user experience.

Updated on July 26, 2022

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