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 or a teacher 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 under "Just in case".

You'll encounter a log in page after clicking on Select. Please log into Padlet!

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.​
    1. 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, click on the Settings ⚙ icon when adding a padlet. Turn on the 'Make 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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