What is Playposit?

Playposit is an interactive web-based video platform that allows educators to provide formative assessment both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers are able to embed quiz-type questions, pauses and jumps into videos on Youtube, Vimeo, Khan Academy and other video platforms such as ASU Media+. Data can then be analyzed on the individual or group level, providing insight into educational trends in the classroom.

Why should I use Playposit?

  • Student engagement and accountability with the embedding of various formative engagement types within video content.
  • Students can take digital time-stamped notes that allow for easy review and jumping around the video later. Notes can be downloaded and printed. They are also viewable by the instructor.
  • Video viewing and performance analytics.
  • PlayPosit at ASU is integrated into the Canvas learning management system. 

How do I go about getting started?

Contact the FSE Learning and Teaching Hub at [email protected] and we can assist you in getting started.

Consider your goals for using the tool with your videos. This can impact how you embed PlayPosit bulbs (videos) into your course. 


  1. Assignment – If you plan on using grade passback, you will need to link your bulbs using the ‘External Tool’ submission type in a Canvas Assignment
  2. Canvas Page – If you do not plan on adding interactions or you do not need grade passback then you can embed your bulbs in a Canvas Page using the Apps button (hint – looks like a plug) on the Canvas Rich Text Editor Toolbar.


1) PlayPosit content is added via the ‘Assignments’ portion of your course.
2) Scroll down to Submission Type. Select External Tool, then find and select PlayPosit from the pop-up menu.

3) Click ‘Enter PlayPosit’. 

4) A different method is to click Pages on the Navigation menu – then click the Tools menu above the text editor.
5) Select PlayPosit from the menu that appears:

Once you see the PlayPosit interface, follow the steps outlined here to create a new Bulb for your students. 

Are there additional resources available?

How can I get help?

  • ASU Slack learning channels such as #asu_lms and #learning_design
  • FSE Learning and Teaching Hub at [email protected] and we can assist you in getting started and discuss how to use the tool.