PlayPosit is a web and Chrome-based interactive video and assessment tool that lets teachers add interactive elements, such as questions and pauses, to streaming video content. Data can then be analyzed on the individual or group level, provided powerful insight into educational trends in the  classroom.

Below are some tutorials to help you get started with PlayPosit. If you can't find what you are looking for, PlayPosit has excellent resources on their website, or e-mail Sharon Kaiser for further assistance.

Signing in to PlayPosit

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter your NetID

Step 3: Enter your Password

Playposit login page.

Step 4: Click Log In

Creating a Bulb

A bulb is an interactive video created in PlayPosit. Transform any video into an active experience for students by embedding questions, images, audio, and other media elements.

Step 1: To begin, click on Add New Bulb in your dashboard.

Adding a new bulb on playposit dashboard.

Step 2: Click on Enter the Designer.

Enter the designer in playposit

Step 3: Select your video source

  • Insert URL from an online source (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Upload a Video file from your computer.
  • Upload an MP3 file from your computer.
  • Add video from one of Duke's video hosting sites (Warpwire, MediaSite, Canvas etc.)

Video sources in playposit

Embed Interactions into your Bulb

Step 1: After you create a bulb, you'll be directed to the editor. At the top of the editor, click on the Interactions button.

Step 2: Scrub through the video to find the moment in the video you'd like to add an interaction to.

Step 3: Click Add Interaction at x:xx (this will be whatever time in the video you choose.) 

Selecting interactions in editor for playposit.

Step 4: Select the type of interaction you'd like to embed:


  • Multiple choice: Present students with a series of options to choose from in response to a question. This question type has one correct answer. Auto-graded. 
  • Check all: Present students with a series of options to choose from in response to a question. This question type can have multiple correct answers, but students will only receive full credit if they select all of the correct answers. Auto-graded. 
  • Free response: Allow students to demonstrate understanding with a text response and/or use the rich text editor to include images, audio, equations and tables. Not auto-graded.  
  • Fill-in-the-blank: Present students with a phrase that is missing one or more words. Questions can have multiple blanks, and multiple correct answers. Auto-graded. 
  • Poll: Present students with a series of options to choose from in response to a question. Student can only choose one option, and there is no right or wrong answer. Not graded. 

  • Discussion: Simulate an interactive discussion with this question type. Students can post responses in real time and/or reply to comments posted by other students. Learn more here. Not graded. 


  • Reflective pause: Give students the opportunity to pause and reflect on video content. Alternatively, use this question type to supplement information that is not covered in the video, or make connections between the video content and other course material. Not graded. 
  • Web embed: Allow students to explore a website without leaving the video lesson. Use this to provide supplemental information to students or have them complete an online simulation. Not graded. 

Interaction types in playposit

Step 5: Repeat this step as many times as necessary to add all the questions to your Bulb.

Step 6: At the top of the editor, click Review. Here you can add/edit:

  • Tags
  • Playback Options
  • Privacy Settings

Step 7: To preview your Bulb and Interactions, click Preview at the bottom of the editor. To Save, click Save and Exit at the bottom of the editor.

save and exit, preview, for bulb in playposit

Creating a Class

Step 1: Create a class by going to Classes.

Creating a class in playposit.

Step 2: Click Add New Class/Create your first class.

Adding a new class/create a new class button in playposit.

Step 3: Enter your Class Name.

Note: An optional feature is to assign a color to your class.

Step 4: Click Save.

Adding name and folder color to new class in playposit

Assigning a Bulb to a Class

Step 1: Go to My Bulbs.

Step 2: Click the triple dots icon next to the specific bulb and select Assign.

Triple dots and assign button in playposit to assign a bulb

Step 3: Select the Class you would like to assign the bulb to by setting the due date.

Step 4: Set the due date and OK.

selecting class to assign bulb to and setting date.

Assigning Learners to a Class

Step 1: Go to your Class dashboard.

Step 2: Click on the Learners tab at the top right of the page.

Learner tab in class dashboard in playposit

Step 3: Click the Upload Learners button.

Step 4: You have a few options on how to add your learners:

  • Option 1: Share the Class Code or Class Link 
    • Note: Sharing the class link is the easiest way to get students setup in PlayPosit - students will be prompted to log in to PlayPosit or create an account.
  • Option 2: Upload a CSV file
    • Note: In order to select option 2, you will need to know the First and Last name of your students and their E-mail address. Here is template available for download via PlayPosit.​

uploading learners and selecting options in playposit.

Assigning a Bulb to your Learners 

Assigning a bulb to learners will save their responses, providing you with a large amount of data on how your learners are engaging with the content of the bulb. 

Step 1: After you have assigned a bulb to the class (see above tutorial), you can click on the get assign link button.

Get assign link

At this point, the link you are given by default will require students to sign in to PlayPosit. If your students are not already enrolled in your class, they will be automatically added to it. Click Copy if the default options are sufficient. 

Otherwise, click Advanced settings, select the toggles that you prefer, and then click Copy:

  • Show Embed Code: gives HTML code you can use to embed the bulb on another site.
  • Share for professional learning: share this link with fellow instructors if you want them to take the bulb
  • Do not require login: learners will not have to log in to PlayPosit to complete the bulb.
    • Do not require learner name - learners will not have to enter their first and last name.

sharing link with learners to bulb in playposit.