Sharing ideas in a digital mural

Domain 5: Training delivery

Difficulty level

1 session of ±2:00H



Computer or mobile device
Internet connection

Brief description

After discussing a specific subject, adult learners are supposed to write in a collective digital mural what they have learned. By these means, all other adult learners can read what is written and confront perspectives, debate and reflect together on the subject in order to learn. The creation of a digital mural may also be used to discuss a subject or to make a sum up, to plan activities, projects and group work, among others.


With digital murals it is possible to confront perspectives, debate and reflect together on different topics or subjects. It allows a collaboratively learning and to go in-depth on the exploitation of subjects. The creation of a digital mural may also be used to discuss a subject or to make a sum up, to plan activities, projects and group work, among others.

Posts can be enriched with images, videos and links to other web pages in order to in-depth a specific subject.

Learning WHAT
  • To share and organise information in a collective digital board
  • To represent information in different formats (text, image, video)
  • To systematise ideas and information
  • To express personal thinking on a specific subject
Notes and links to the tool

Padlet is free and is available online.

The use of the tool involves a registration in order to create murals, to search for mural created by other and to share murals with other people. Murals created may be private, public or with restrict access of people invited to share the mural. Padlet murals can be organised in different ways and individual posts may have several formats: text, image, video or include hyperlinks.

Detailed description of the learning activity

Before starting the activity, please make sure that adult learners have an email in order to register in the Padlet. They may start a session by using an account they have in Google, Facebook or Twitter, for instance. In what refers to the work organisation, each adult learner can insert his/her name in the title of the post so that it is easier to identify what each one is adding. For example: [Name] Post Title.

To start the activity, the use of the digital mural can be briefly presented saying that it allows to share knowledge on a specific subject.

With the help of an interactive board or a computer linked to a data show, start by presenting to adult learners the graphics environment of the Padlet and the mural in which adult learners’ reflections can be written down. Please let the adult learners get acquainted with the tool and to become familiar with the tool and explore with learners’ important resources for the development of this activity.

In order to reinforce the aims of this activity, stress the fact that adult learners can use this tool to express an understanding that they have of a subject approached before or any other purpose.

It is important to have guiding questions previously set (example: what did I learn? How do I describe a concept, fact or phenomenon? A is different than B because… What would I like to ask concerning this issue? I would like to understand better about the issue of…). In order to allow adult learners to indicate these questions, it is suggested to write in the place reserved for the description of the mural (“description”).

When functionalities of the tool are clear as well as the objectives, adult learners need to access the mural and put their posts.

When everybody has done this, adult learners may discuss in a group the content of each post. Afterward, the adult educator may promote and moderate a debate on issues that have to be made clear or have to be in-depth.

  1. to introduce Padlet and the aims of the activity
  2. to insert posts about personal statement on an issue
  3. to read posts shared by other adult learners
  4. to debate and reflect in group on what has been shared and issues that need to be clarified or in-depth.
Tips & tricks

The creation and customisation of a mural are simple. However, if support is needed, there can be found several tutorials on Youtube in which it is explained visually and in a practical way the steps to be followed.

By the use of<Share/Export> the result of the mural can be exported to a computer in PDF, Excel, CSV or Image. Sharing of a digital mural can also be made in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); to send a link by email and/or to spread it online by the introduction of an embed code that the system provides in a blog or website.

There are other tools that can be used for the same aim. You can use, for instance, Mural: or Popplet:

Security & digital identity

The Padlet allows several levels of privacy for each digital mural, allowing the administrator to control all contents published. It is possible to add users and give them permission to manage or approve posts before these are showed in the mural.

In what visibility is concerned, this tool also includes several possibilities: private, protected password, available but hidden from public networks (such as Google, etc.) or public. If digital images used are available in Internet, adult learners may be asked to use images that have no copywrite or are under a free licence.