Adding a Padlet to a Blackboard Ultra Module/Course

There are a few ways to add a Padlet to a Blackboard Ultra module/course depending on what you would like your students’ experience to be, where you would like to add the Padlet, and whether you are the owner of the Padlet itself: either as a tool/layer, a link, or embedded into an Ultra Document.

Adding a Padlet as a tool/layer

Padlet now has the ability to be placed as a tool that will open as a fullscreen layer in the same way as other external services such as ReCap and Turnitin. This allows students to view the content without ever leaving Blackboard, even being able to add to Padlets where permitted by the owner. They can also then open it into a separate tab should they wish (e.g. to view with assistive software). This method will also create a CCCU Padlet account for the students if they do not yet have one, so they can make full use of premium features and posts/comments that they add can be attributed to them if enabled*. You can do this by opening the relevant module/course and doing the following:

  1. in the course content area, click on the plus symbol (+)
  2. choose Content Market
  3. choose Padlet
  4. a new panel/layer with slide out from the right showing the Padlets you currently have available in your account. Choose an item from the list.
A user's Padlet selection list, opened as a new layer in Blackboard.
A user’s Padlet selection list. Choosing a Padlet will add it to the Blackboard module/course.
The Padlet item link as it appears on a Blackboard course's content area. The logo to its left is of Padlet's multi-coloured origami crane.

Your chosen Padlet will now be added as an item on the relevant module/course. The item appears with the Padlet logo to the left. Users can then open the Padlet to open it in a new layer, without needing to leave Blackboard**.

A Padlet opened as a layer from a Blackboard course.
A Padlet open as a layer within Blackboard

Users can engage with the Padlet in the same way that they would were it to open in a separate window/tab. The Padlet will inherit any settings used when it was setup, including whether students can add posts or whether it is read-only, whether users can ‘remake’ it, etc.

* If you want a Padlet to be anonymous between students please make sure that attribution is disabled in the settings for that Padlet. In additon, if you would like posts to be totally anonymous, even from yourself, use the Adding Padlet as a Link method below.
** Padlets can still be opened into a new window/tab should the user choose (e.g. for accessibility reasons) by clicking on the ‘Open in new Window’ button at the top right corner (icon appears as a box with an arrow in it)

Note: you can also create a new Padlet from this area by choosing Make a Padlet. This will then open a new window/tab so that you can use the full array of Padlets options and settings. Once complete, return to Blackboard and refresh the page (or close and re-open the Padlet layer) to have the new item available in your selection list.

Adding Padlet as a Link

You can add a link that takes users out to the Padlet in a new window/tab straightaway. There are two places that this can be done:

Note: Use this method along with the settings on your Padlet (such as Attribution) if you need to enforce full anonymity of posts, not just between students but from yourself as the owner.

Adding a Link from the Course Outline

  1. in the course content area, click on the plus symbol (+)
  2. choose Create
  3. choose Link
  4. in Padlet (in another window/tab), copy the URL for the chosen Padlet (available in the Share options towards the top right)
  5. return to Blackboard and paste the URL into the Link URL field
  6. set any further settings, such as availability or optional description, and click Save to finalise

Adding a Link from an Ultra Document

  1. in your chosen Ultra Document, highlight over the text that you would like to place the link over (remember, good practice is to place a hyperlink over meaningful text, rather than just pasting the link)
  2. click on the link icon (third icon from right, appears as two chain links overlapping)
  3. in Padlet (in another window/tab), copy the URL for the chosen Padlet (available in the Share options towards the top right)
  4. return to Blackboard and paste the URL into the Link URL field and click Insert to finalise

Embedding Padlet into an Ultra Document

Finally, it is also possible to embed Padlet into an Ultra Document using HTML. This will place it inline with other items in the Document. Please view our embedding Padlet into an Ultra Document page for more information, however please note that this method may not be the most accessible method for your students.