Setting up a Padlet for questions and discussion

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Padlets can be used as a way for your students to ask questions or discuss a topic asynchronously or synchronously. Especially when teaching online, using a Padlet can allow you to consider and respond to questions when you are ready, avoiding the chat from becoming a distraction. You may also decide to allow students to respond to questions posed by their peers and add reactions.

Padlets can also be used for discussion – post the topics you want your students to discuss on a Padlet, and allow students to comment underneath. Padlets can also be embedded into Minerva and Microsoft Teams and used as a revision resource in a way that is not easily replicated in chat.

Staff and students can contribute to a Padlet simultaneously. As posts are added they appear to everyone in real time

There are currently 7 Padlet formats you can use, let’s take a look at the formats that work well for questions and discussions.

For Questions

The Stream Padlet format is well suited for questions as posts are shown chronologically (you can choose newest to oldest first, or vice versa). Here is an example of a Padlet that has been set up for questions: Give it a try, you can add a question by clicking the pink round button with a plus sign on it that appears in the bottom right, (we won’t answer it though).

This Padlet has been set up so that:

  • The newest questions appear at the top.
  • The name of the person who has posted is not visible.
  • Other students (and you) can leave comments on a question that has been posted.
  • Other students can like a question that has been asked.

For Discussions

The Shelf Padlet format is well suited to discussion topics as you can set up the topics of discussion before hand. Here is an example of a Padlet that has been set up for discussions: Try to add a post under one of the topics to see what happens. You can do this by clicking the plus sign directly below the topic you want to comment on.

This Padlet has been set up so that:

  • The name of the person who has commented on a discussion topic is visible (if they are logged into Padlet, if not then it will be anonymous).
  • Other students can like a post.
  • Students cannot create a new discussion topic.

Creating a Padlet for Questions or Discussions

1. Go to and use your University of Leeds username and password to login in to your Padlet account. If you have not yet created a Padlet account, see Getting Started: Create your Padlet account.

2. You will then see the Padlet dashboard. Choose Make a new Padlet

3. Select the format you want for your Padlet. In the examples above we’ve used Stream for Questions and Shelf for Discussions.

Screenshot of the 7 Padlet formats.

4. You will then be asked to:

  • Give your Padlet a Title (there will be a default title entered, you’ll need to replace this)
  • Give it a description (there will be a default description entered, delete this, entering a new one is optional)
  • Choose the wallpaper for your Padlet (avoid white as it can make comments harder to see).
  • Decide your posting settings:
    • Attribution – Do you want your students names to appear above their posts. Names will only appear if the Student adding a post or comment has a Padlet account and they are logged in.
    • New post position – first or last.
    • Comments – Do you want to allow students to comment on each other’s posts.
    • Reactions – Do you want to allow student to react to each other’s posts. If you want to keep it positive choose Like.

5. If you have used the Shelf format, add your discussion topics to the Padlet by clicking Add Column and typing in your text. You can rename a column by clicking the 3 elipses to the right of the column card and choosing Rename columns.

Screenshot with the settings options for columns.

6. Drag a column or post to change the order by clicking and holding the left mouse button down as you move it around your Padlet.

Sharing your Padlet


How to share your Padlet

Once you have set your Padlet up, you’ll need to set the share permissions. Click the Share button in the top right corner, the Share panel will appear.

1. Click Change Privacy

2. Select Secret (we know, this is an odd choice but it’s the one you need to choose). Do not choose Org Wide – this will mean your Padlet will be visible to every University of Leeds Padlet user.

3. The Visitor Permissions options box will appear on screen, by default this will be set to Can Read. Click the Can Read option to open a window showing all the permissions available.

4. Change Can Read to Can write. Close this window by clicking on the dark grey area above or below the Visitor Permissions option box.

Padlet Sharing Visitor Permissions Options Box with the area above and below highlighted. This is where you should click to close the box.

4. Click Save, to save your new sharing permissions.

5. Click Back to return to the main menu. You are now ready to generate the link to your Padlet with others, select Copy link to clipboard, you can then share this (email, in a chat message, teams post and so on).

Tip. If you want to see what you Padlet looks like in a different format, open the Padlet you want to change and click the three ellipses in the top right (when using a PC). Choose Change Format. It takes a few moments and allows you to see what your Padlet will look like in one of the other formats available.

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