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Getting started with Padlet

Padlet is an online collaborative tool that acts as a virtual noticeboard for sharing a variety of content.

Tutors might add Padlets to VLE module sites to organise course materials, as a place for discussion, or a way for students to get feedback on work. You can also create Padlets for mind-mapping, planning assignments, portfolios, group work and more.

Logging into Padlet

Depending on a Padlet’s settings, you may need to login.

  1. Go to (NOT
  2. Click on “Log in with Google”
  3. Then enter your University email address, click “Next”
  4. Enter the password that you use for your University email/the VLE, click “Next”
Choose 'Log in with Google'

Types of Padlet

There are many different types of Padlet, which are useful in different ways:

Shelf, Wall and Grid

Three types to add posts in columns or a grid. Great for organising posts into groups and presenting lots of information at once.

Shelf format Padlet showing module content organised into a column for each week.


Add content anywhere on the Padlet. Great for notes, mind-mapping, showing links between ideas and planning assignments.

Canvas format Padlet with mind-map style notes.


Present content in time order. Great for planning projects or showing a process.

Timeline format Padlet showing the process to create a Padlet.


Add content at points of the map. Great for projects with a geographical connection.

Map format Padlet with pins in many locations.

Check out some example Padlets to see what's possible:

Creating a new Padlet

You can create your own Padlets for group work, portfolios, mind mapping ideas for projects and more.

To create a new Padlet:

  1. Go to and sign in with your University Google account.
  2. On your dashboard, click the '+ Make a Padlet' button.
    Make a padlet icon
  3. Choose the type of Padlet you want to create - you can change the type later if you want.
    Types of padlet available: wall, canvas, stream, grid, shelf, backchannel, map, timeline.
  4. In your new padlet, you can modify the name and appearance by clicking the Settings icon (cog). Click Share to give other people access.

Find out more:

Contributing to an existing Padlet

In most cases, you'll post and comment on Padlets created by somebody else. For example, you might post questions and comments in a discussion, or attach some work for peer feedback.

You don't need to log in to Padlet to post.

Be sure to only use non-sensitive data in Padlet — don't post anything personal or confidential.

To create a new post:

  1. Click the pink + icon, or the + icon under a column header.
    Padlet plus icon in pink circle Padlet plus icon under column header.
  2. Enter a title and add some content in the new post panel that appears:
    Padlet new post panel
    You can also add photos, links, files and more. Click the three dots icon on the new post panel to see what you can add.
  3. When you're finished, click somewhere else on the Padlet to save your post.

To edit your own posts:

  1. Hover over the post you want to edit.
  2. A toolbar will appear. Click the pencil icon to edit, or the bin icon to delete the post.
    How to edit or comment on a Padlet post.

To comment on posts:

  1. Type your comment in the 'Add comment' area at the bottom of a post.
  2. When you're finished, click the arrow icon to save the comment:
    Comment on a post with the arrow icon to save the comment.
  3. To edit or delete your own comment, hover over it and click the three dots icon that appears.

Find out more:

Using Padlet on a mobile device

Access through the VLE, link or QR code

You don't need to log into Padlet to post or comment, so you can access an existing Padlet in the same way as other online resources:

  • Padlets embedded in a VLE site: access by going to the VLE site using your mobile browser or the BlackBoard app.
  • Padlets with a joining link or QR code: click the link/scan the QR code to access the Padlet in the browser (or the Padlet app, if you have it).

Access directly through Padlet

To create a Padlet, you need to access Padlet directly. There are two ways to do this on a mobile device:

  • Browser: Go to and sign in with your University Google account.
  • App: the Padlet app is available for Apple iOS and Android. See the guide below for instructions on how to set up the app.
Screenshot of a shelf-type Padlet embedded on a VLE and viewed in the mobile browser.

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