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Padlet integration (LTI)
Padlets are visual boards for organising and sharing content collaboratively, which is popular with teachers and trainers. Padlets can either be embedded via iframe, or via LTI (allows student creation, but requires a paid subscription)

There are a few ways to share a padlet in your courses:

Paste URL

  • Pro: No automatic account creation for students.
  • Con: If you don't want students to post anonymously, you will have to ensure accounts are created for them and that they are logged in before they post anything.

Embed code

  • Pro: Easy. Users don't have to leave the LMS to post.
  • Con: Students will have to log in manually before posting for them not to be anonymous. Some users might be prevented from posting as a logged-in user by the browser privacy mechanisms.

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)

This is the best method to automate everything and create a direct connection between the applications, but it requires a Backpack membership subscription with Padlet.

You will need the following details required to connect with Xen.Ed:
  • LTI Launch URL
  • Consumer Key
  • Shared Secret / Consumer Secret
These pieces of information combined form what is known as an LTI "passport"

Please note: These values should be your own and be kept safe to avoid giving anyone access to your learner data!

Adding your LTI passport to your Xen.Ed course

Navigate to your course's Advanced Settings and scroll down or search the page to find the LTI Consumer Passports field.

The passport must entered in the format: "id:client_key:client_secret". The quotes are important:
  1. The ID is what we use to tell Xen.Ed what key to use. In this case we'll use padlet as our ID, so that you can easily identify it later, especially if you setup several LTIs.

  2. The client_key is the Consumer Key from

  3. The client_secret is the Shared Secret / Consumer Secret from
When put together, it should look like this:

Insert your content using the LTI Consumer component

Now that you have an LTI passport set up, the final thing we need to do is insert Flat into your course. 

First, make sure to enable the component from your Admin/configuration panel. Make sure "LTI Consumer" is available in the list on the right.

Once this is enabled, navigate to the page where you want to insert the Flat activity. Under Advanced, select LTI Consumer.

From the newly dropped component, select Edit. and set your Display Name to a name that matches your activity.

Then fill the URL field with the LTI Launch URL value from

If your content is a problem that you want to grade, ensure that you set Scored to True and give it a Weight of however many points you want the question to be worth. 

Note that this is useful even if the subsection isn't graded, as the learner's practice scores will still pull through to let them see that they've completed the activity and give the learner the satisfaction of seeing a correct score recorded.

Lastly, but most importantly, set Send Extra Parameters to True
This will send details like the learner's email address across to Padlet and allow their progress to be saved and recalled.

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