Post It: Using Padlet to Innovate Instruction

Concurrent Session 3

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Padlet is a free “virtual wall” to house comments and posts. It's like using Post-It Notes, but on the web. In this session, learn how to use Padlet as part of your teaching toolbox to summarize a large amount of information—text, photos, graphs—for various assignments and class purposes.



Dr. Melony Shemberger is in her fifth year as an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Murray State University. Shemberger has published peer-reviewed journal articles, media education book chapters, and several guidebook articles on public relations. She has presented at several academic and professional conferences. Research interests include journalism history, sunshine laws, public relations topics, and instructional design and pedagogy. In 2014, Shemberger was named a Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellow by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. At Murray State, she was a Provost Faculty Teaching Fellow. She also served as interim director of the Faculty Development Center in 2016. She is a lifetime member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and serves on the national board of directors, leading as chair of the advisory council for the organization’s Forum magazine. She also is chapter vice president at Murray State. Shemberger has a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, with a double major in mass communication, and history and government; master’s in mass communication from Murray State; master’s in management from Austin Peay State University; and a Doctor of Education in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

Extended Abstract

Padlet is a free “virtual wall” where students can express thoughts on topics of their choice. It's like using Post-It Notes, but on the web. Students can access it for free, no matter the device they use. In this session, instructors will learn how to use Padlet as part of their teaching toolbox to summarize a large amount of information—text, photos, graphs—and present it in a visually pleasing way. Pedagogically, instructors can use this tech tool for various assignments: a reflection question, book reviews, or discussion. It also could be used as a digital study guide before a big test, brainstorming approach, or a collection of ideas. Padlet also is helpful for assignment reminders, communication, and other class purposes.