How to add Padlet to Canvas LMS using LTI 1.3?

There are two different types of integrations for LMS available in Padlet, namely LTI 1.0 and LTI 1.3. This article will describe how to connect Padlet to Canvas using LTI 1.3. If your Canvas version does not support 1.3, you may use our old connector described in this article.

Set up LMS integration for Canvas (Admins)

Before we can enable the LTI Tool on your course, you'll have to set up "Developer Keys" on the Canvas admin account.

You will need:

  • Administrator access on Canvas
  • Access to the owner/administrator account on Backpack
  1. Go to the "add LTI Key" screen

Admin > Developer Keys > Accounts > + Developer Key > + LTI Key

  1. Fill up LTI Key details and submit it

Fill in:

  • Key Name (For Admin identification purposes only)
  • Select Method: "Enter URL"
  • Enter JSON URL: https://padlet.com/api/hooks/lti/canvas_config.json

Click "Save"

  1. Additional Settings

Click on refresh, then go back into the settings and ensure that under Additional Settings, it is set to Public

Do make sure that the Text under Additional Settings is recognised by teachers as the newest LTI 1.3 version.

  1. Turn the tool on

OFF ➡ ON

Also, take note of the Client ID. You'll want to copy and paste it somewhere for use in a later step.

  1. View App Configurations

Courses > Settings > Apps > View App Configurations

  1. Go to the "Add App" screen

Click on + App

  1. Fill in the Client ID

Under Configuration Type: Select "By Client ID"

Client ID: <paste the value you copied earlier in step 3>

Click Submit.

If they ask you to confirm again, click Install.

  1. On the "Create Assignment" page, click "Find".

Courses > Assignments > + Assignment

Note: Do not insert Padlet link here.

  1. Select the Padlet Tool

This is where teachers will see the "Text" mentioned in Step 3. Click on the LTI 1.3 tool and click on Select.

  1. Log into Padlet on pop-up

A pop up will appear requesting for the Backpack domain (ending in padlet.org) and log in credentials.

If you have a password assigned to your account, simply log in using your email and password.

If you've used Microsoft365 or Google SSO to log in, click on Log in with token. Head back to your Backpack account and open Settings, then click on Organisation Info and click on Create under LTI Link Deployment Token to generate a token in place of using SSO. Copy and paste the token code given into the Token field on the pop-up in Canvas.

Note: This will only be needed in the initial set-up.

  1. Select a Padlet Board
    1. After logging in, select any padlet board by clicking on it. Once this is done, click on Select.​
    2. A link should show up in this field. Save and Publish or Save this Assignment.

The set up is complete. Teachers may now add padlet boards to their assignments.

Add Padlet to Canvas Assignments (Teachers)

Before proceeding, please ensure that your Canvas admin has allowed access for Padlet in the above instructions!
  1. Create a new Assignment

Courses > Assignments > + Assignment

  1. Add External Tool

Head to Submission Type, indicate External Tool and click on Find.

Note: Do not add a padlet link to the field.

  1. Add Padlet as an external tool

Depending on what the Admin named it, find Padlet on the list of tools and click on it.

  1. Log into Padlet and select the Padlet Board
    1. You will then be prompted to log into your Backpack account on Padlet. After logging in, you get to select which Padlet you want to add to the assignment. Once this is done, click on Select.​
    2. A link should show up in this field. Save and Publish or Save this Assignment.

The Padlet should show up like this on Canvas!

Additional sharing options

If you want students to work on their own copy of the Padlet, toggle the 'Create a copy for each user' option. Students will get their own copy when they click on the link in the assignment and you will be automatically added as a shared member to the padlet.

Note that turning on the copy option will prevent you from seeing all student posts in a single padlet.


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