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Use Padlet to create anonymous discussion areas

What is it?

Padlet can be used by students and by instructors. With Padlet, you can create a virtual post-it board that you can share with students. Just give them the unique Padlet link. Padlet allows you to insert ideas anonymously or with your name. It’s easy to use and very handy.


What does it do?

By linking to a ‘Secret’ Padlet that is not embedded directly in your class, you can allow a space for anonymous student discussion. This can be helpful if you want anonymous student feedback, or a space where students can ask questions anonymously to yourself or to their peers.

For instructors:
  • Create a Padlet board and make it ‘secret’ so it can only be accessed via a link
  • Allow users to respond anonymously
  • Link the Padlet to your module so students can access it

What should I know?

Log into Padlet

Go to uod.padlet.org and click “Sign in with Microsoft”

Create your Padlet

Click the “Make a Padlet” button

Padlet welcome message, with the make a padlet button highlighted

This will present you with a choice of Padlet types to choose from. Choose the Padlet type you want and click “Select”

Choose a Padlet type screen

After you click select you will be redirected to your Padlet and the “Modify” menu will be open, this allows you to edit settings like your Padlet’s name, description, and URL. Make sure that under the Posting section that “Attribution” is off

Make any changes you need, click “Next” at the top right and then “Start posting”

Setting your Padlet to be Private

Open the Share menu by clicking the “Share” button in the top right

Padlet top right menu, with the Share button highlighted

For your Padlet to be hidden but still accessible through a link you want your Padlet to be set to Secret. In the Privacy section if it isn’t set to Secret then click “Change Privacy”

Padlet share menu with Change Privacy button highlighted.

Click Secret, then change the visitor permissions at the bottom to “Can write”, this lets participants post in your Padlet, without them being able to edit other peoples posts or Padlet settings.

Padlet Change Privacy menu with the Secret option highlighted
Padlet Change Privacy menu, highlighting the Visitor permissions option
Padlet visitor permissions, with Can write option highlighted

After you have done this click “Save” in the top right.

Linking your Padlet for your students.

First copy your Padlet link, either by the URL bar or the Share menu.

After you have the link, you are free to give it to your students in any way you please.

We would suggest adding the link to a Blackboard document in your module.

Updated on 08/03/2022

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