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Reminders from a failed template

Posted on: March 13, 2019

I started using Padlet when it was still WallWisher. I appreciate its reliability, user-friendliness, and growing feature set.

I have shared previously the different ways I use Padlet for my courses and workshops.

How I use Padlet.

Recently I repurposed a new template — an org-chart — to simulate a concept map. That “connected” look provided a better visual message to an activity that I have relied on for years.

However, that simple change was a disaster. I found out in class that only I had edit-rights to the connected notes; my students could not edit the notes assigned to them. In highlight, I should have tested the new template in incognito browser mode.

Thankfully, a student suggested a workaround: Since they could add new editable notes, they could slide them over my templated notes. This worked nicely.

My reminders from this experience are to 1) not take thorough testing for granted, and 2) always consider the insights of students. I should see things before they do, and if I do not, they can see things I cannot.

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