Last Updated: 08/05/2019


PlayPosit is an interactive video tool that allows instructors to layer your own custom lesson (quiz questions, text prompts, images, etc.) over video content. Using video from YouTube, Kaltura or other sources, instructors can add images, text, or a variety of quiz questions, share the lesson with their students for completion, and then monitor student activity and engagement through the analytics collected by the platform. PlayPosit also allows instructors to incorporate feedback and can be an excellent platform for formative assessment.

What is PlayPosit

How can PlayPosit be used?

David Paradis, a faculty member in the History department, used PlayPosit in his online and face-to-face courses, using both Canvas and D2L. David used in-video quizzing to present lecture materials asynchronously before class to better understand what concepts the students find confusing and to create more time within the class for students to engage in active learning. David pre-recorded his lectures as screencasts; layered reflective pause, text response, and multiple-choice questions upon the video lectures for the student to complete; and students watched the video lectures and completed the in-video quizzes before the class. Students discussed the content in small groups in class as well as through online discussions. 

Chris Koehler used PlayPosit in Desire2Learn for his ASEN 1969 Pathway to Space course, made up of roughly 170 students. PlayPosit allowed him to remove lectures from the in-class experience and allow for more active learning activities. The main content for this course was presented by 28 experts in their fields. These experts recorded topical video lectures, called 'Video Capsules", with predominantly multiple choice and text response question types layered upon the lectures. Before each class period, students were responsible for watching the guest lecturers' video capsules and completing the in-video quizzes. After class, all in-video quiz responses were graded and the score were passed back to D2L Grade Items.

Cheryl Pinzone's EBIO 1210-300E: General Biology 1 course was taught through Continuing Education. Cheryl used videos with captions to present content. Then layered questions upon videos to reinforce main concepts and as a check in to see if the students understood each lesson. She used the analytics captured through the PlayPosit interface to see which concepts the students were struggling with, developed asynchronous discussion forums based on concepts that needed review, and then held synchronous Zoom meetings to discuss points of confusion among her students. 

How to get started

Faculty, staff, and students can access PlayPosit after logging in with their IdentiKey at Faculty can also integrate PlayPosit within their courses in Canvas. Review the following tutorials for more information.


CU Boulder has a campus wide license of PlayPosit. PlayPosit is a common-good service for the campus, which means there is no direct cost to an individual or department.


Support for PlayPosit is provided by the vendor. Submit questions or concerns to Schedule a consultation with Kathryn Sabanos, CU Boulder's PlayPosit Account Manager. You can also review tutorials/guides in PlayPosit's Knowledge Base. Live chat is available between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST within PlayPosit.

PlayPosit Accessibility

CU Boulder is committed to providing help information and assistance with campus services for all users, including those with accessibility concerns. PlayPosit accessibility considerations, information for content creators, alternatives/workarounds, and more can be found on the PlayPosit Accessibility page.

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