Padlet App – How to Log in

Padlet app is available for most mobile devices / operating systems – search for “Padlet” in your app store and download the app for free.

Make sure you have already created a CCCU Padlet account as the first time you use the app you will be asked to log in and there is a specific way to do this using the University’s full licence (called ‘Backpack’):

  1. on launch, choose Log in
  2. at the bottom of the next page choose the option for Backpack or Briefcase user? Log in here (this is the name of Padlet’s subscription service that the University is part of to make use of its full features)
  3. when prompted to enter your domain enter CCCU and choose Continue
  4. finally, choose Continue with Microsoft to be taken to the University’s standard login page and enter your University credentials [username] (e.g. and password

You will only need to do this once, unless you choose to logout of the app in the future.

Note: if you experience an issue logging in with the app on an Android device, please delete and reinstall the app.

Padlet Training

An introduction to Padlet will demonstrate how easy it is to create ‘Padlets’ and share these with students to work collaboratively or create a read-only wall, which you can either embed directly into your Blackboard site or use to engage your students during a Collaborate session.

Scheduled sessions are bookable via StaffSpace 

Logging into your CCCU Padlet Account

Once you have created your CCCU Padlet account

  • Go to
  • If you have already signed in to Blackboard then you will be automatically directed to your CCCU Padlet dashboard.

If you are wanting to Post or add a Comment to a Padlet that you have been given access to via a link but have not signed in, your Post or Comment will be anonymous. However, you can log in at any point by

  • Selecting the Log In from the top right-hand corner of the Padlet wall
screen image highlighting the Log In icon at the top right-hand corner of a Padlet wall
  • Select to Log in with Microsoft
screen image of the Log in with Microsoft window open with the option highlighted
  • Follow the steps to log in with your CCCU email and password and MS authenticator

Your Post and Comments will now display with your name.

If you prefer your Posts or Comments to remain anonymous then do not log in.

Downloading a Padlet

Padlets can be downloaded too! Take a ‘snapshot’ of your Padlet and save it in PDF, image, or Excel format.

  1. Open your Padlet Wall and click on the SHARE button towards the top-right of the screen
  2. In the SHARE menu, click on the SHARE/EXPORT/EMBED tab
  3. Scroll down to the Export section and choose what format you want to export to (tip: saving as either an image or PDF tends to be the most user-friendly, but test all the variations to see what works best for the content on the wall)
  4. After a brief loading period you will be presented with your chosen format either as a file or in a new tab. To save from an image you’ll need to right-click the image and choose Save image as…; to save from a PDF click on the download arrow towards the top-right of the screen.

Sharing a Padlet

There are a few ways to share a Padlet, found within the Share options in the top right corner of your creation. The easiest way is to grab a web link to your Padlet and copy/paste it to whoever you want to send it to (they can even still see it if the Padlet is set to Secret so long as they have the right link!).

Padlet share icon highlighted from the top right-hand corner of a padlet.
Padlet share options menu with the copy link to clipboard option highlighted.

Padlet Privacy Settings

Recommended setting: Privacy setting is ‘Secret’ and Visitor permissions are ‘Can write’.

Your CCCU account Padlets are automatically created with the ‘Secret’ privacy setting. This means your Padlet is hidden from the public and only viewable to you, its creator, and the people that you choose to share it with.

If you link to or embed your Padlet in your Blackboard site any student on your site will then be able to see and contribute to your Padlet. Students who choose to login to Padlet will be identified on their posts by name. Other students’ posts will appear with the author as ‘Anonymous’.

PLEASE NOTE If you set your Padlet privacy settings to ‘Organisation Wide’ ALL users, both staff and students, will see this Padlet on their dashboard and be able to post to it. Please do not use this setting, consult your Digital Academic Developer for advice.

How to Post on a Padlet

There are a few ways to create a new post on a Padlet;

1. Select or tap on the big pink (+) icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your Padlet.
2. Double click (web) or double tap (mobile/tablet) anywhere on your on your Padlet.
Both these methods will open a blank text box:

The Padlet Post composer - a pop-up box with space for a 'Subject' at the top, a grid with additions and media that can be applied, and a space for text.

3. In addition you can also copy and paste (web only) directly onto the Padlet. As long as the Padlet window is open and selected, you can paste any link onto a Padlet and a new post will appear.
4. Drag and drop

There are a number of different file types that can be posted on to your Padlet. A grid in the editor of each post has the most commonly used available as quick links (Upload, Take Photo, Link, Image Search, More), or clicking on … (or anywhere on the black/blank tiles will open the full menu of file type options:

The media options available when creating a post on Padlet. These appear as a grid along with a search box at the top for quickly browsing for images, GIFs, etc.

Find out more about the Padlet Post composer on the Padlet Blog.

Embedding a Padlet into a Blackboard

  1. Open your Padlet and click on the SHARE button towards the top-right of the screen
  2. In the SHARE menu, scroll down to the SHARE section
  3. Select the option Embed in your blog or on your website
  4. Click on the word COPY under the Full Embed section (larger) box at the top of the side panel. This copies the HTML code powering your Padlet. (a confirmation message will appear to let you know that the link has been copied)
  5. In any Blackboard site in which you have Instructor permissions, go to the area or folder in which you wish to place the link. Select Create > Document
  6. Give the document a Name.
  7. Select to make the document visible / hidden from students or set release conditions.
  8. From the 4 document options select Add HTML
  9. Click in the box that opens and Paste (Ctrl+V) the earlier copied HTML code.
  10. Click on Save at the bottom. Your Padlet should now appear.

For a short video guide on how to embed a Padlet into your Blackboard: How to embed a Padlet into a Blackboard Ultra site

Creating a CCCU Padlet Account

The University has an institutional licence for Padlet (called Padlet Backpack) which allows all staff and students to create a free account with their CCCU or KMMS email address, username, and password. Please ensure that you use your email address. Accounts created in this way allow users to access all free and premium content! Scroll through the following guide to see how to create an account in this way (page 1), and what to do if you need to move Padlets created from an earlier personal account into your CCCU one (page 2).

Important Note: Once your account has been created, do not change your email address away from your CCCU or KMMS account. This may break your account and result in lost Padlets that may become unrecoverable.

How to Create a Padlet

  1. Log in to your CCCU Padlet Account
  2. From the Dashboard, click +Make a Padlet
  3. Select the layout of Padlet you would like to set up
  4. Your new Padlet will open together with the Modify panel on the right-hand side
  5. Give your Padlet a Title and add a Description
  6. Scroll through the steps in the Modify panel to customise
    1. the URL
    2. its appearance, colour scheme, font
    3. posting options
    4. content filter
    5. privacy settings
  7. Select Next from the top right-hand corner of the Modify panel to start posting.
  8. You can go back to Modify your Padlet at any time by simply selecting the Cog icon in the top right-hand area of your Padlet screen.