The Learner Experience (without an LMS)

  • This article only applies to learners accessing PlayPosit 3.0 without a Learning Management System (LMS). Click here for the article on learners accessing PlayPosit 3.0 through an LMS.
  • Troubleshooting? Check out our guide here.

In this article

Learn how to get the most out of your PlayPosit experience!

  1. Overview
  2. Log in
  3. Find a Bulb
  4. Find a Playlist
  5. Play a Bulb
  6. Use the rich text editor
  7. Enable captions
  8. View transcripts
  9. Show captions only in transcript
  10. Switch video streams
  11. Take notes on a Bulb
  12. Answering interactions
  13. Viewing additional resources in the Bulb
  14. Resume playback
  15. Complete a Bulb
  16. Rewatch a Bulb
  17. Review interactions and previous answers
  18. View instructor feedback on free responses
  19. View report
    1. Download results
    2. View results
  20. Mobile player experience
    1. iOS
    2. Android
  21. Complete a Playlist
  22. View gradebook
  23. Troubleshooting


PlayPosit is an interactive video platform. Your instructor will assign videos, or Bulbs, for you to watch that will have embedded questions and interactions. You will be required to respond to these interactions in order to complete the assignment. 

It is recommended that you use the latest Chrome web browser to access PlayPosit. Click here to download it if you do not already have Chrome.

Log in

You will access all of your PlayPosit assignments by either a direct link provided by your instructor or by logging into

Find a Bulb

If the direct link to a Bulb was not provided to you, after you log into PlayPosit, navigate to the class you are completing an assignment for. Inside the class, click on the Bulb.

Find a Playlist

Access a playlist that has been assigned.

  1. Once logged in, select the class from the main Learner Dashboard. 
  2. Click on the Playlists tab and access the playlist that is assigned. 

Note: Bulbs that appear in a playlist will not appear in the Bulbs tab.

Play a Bulb

Click the video to play it and then answer the interactions that come up. 

On the lower right corner, learners can adjust the following settings by clicking on the gear icon:

  1. Make the video fullscreen
  2. Adjust the video playback speed
  3. Change the video stream source of the videos in the Bulb (especially important if one of the sources isn't working)
  4. Adjust caption language (if available)
  5. Enable or disable captions (if available) 

On the lower left corner, learners can control the PlayPosit player with following options:

  1. Timestamp: Shows the time the learner has watched and the total time of the bulb. Learners can click on it to switch to countdown mode.
  2. Play: Play or pause the bulb.
  3. Toggle side zone: Toggle on and off the sidebar.
  4. Rewind 10 seconds
  5. Fast forward 10 seconds: Instructors need to enable learners to fast forward the bulb settings for this button to be functional.
Player controls

To change the controls display of a player, click on the Settings Gear icon in the bottom right corner.

There are two Controls Display options.

  • Always: The player controls will always be displayed at the bottom of the player. This is the default selection.
  • Fade: The player controls will disappear after 5 seconds of inactivity.

Use the rich text editor

If your instructor has included a free response interaction or discussion forum, you can use the rich text editor to respond.  Note: Automatic spellcheck is not currently built into free response interactions. Most spellcheck web browser extensions are compatible such as Grammarly. Click here for more information on how to download Grammarly. 

Note: If you are using symbols such as < or >, please add a space before and after so that it is not interpreted as an HTML tag. 

When a discussion forum appears, the rich text editor will display. Select the triple dot menu to expand additional options on the rich text editor. 

When the free response interaction appears, the rich text editor will display.  Learners can use Emojis, upload a video response, upload an audio response, or include an image.

Upload a video

Upload an audio

Note: Some learners may have access to direct recording and uploading based on their institution’s licensing agreements. If you are uncertain, speak with your instructor. 

Note: If Submit is not clicked after a video or audio submission has been made, the response will not be marked as submitted.

Upload attachments

If an instructor allows learners to upload attachments in free response interactions, click on the paper clip icon in the rich text editor. Then select a file from the system dialog to upload. The max file size is 25 MB. All file types are supported except for audio, video, and images.

Even though an attachment is uploaded, the Submit button will only be enabled if there is text within the text box.

Note:  For mobile devices, only learners on an Android can upload attachments. Learners on iOS will not be able to upload attachments. 

Use emojis

Import equations

The rich text editor also contains a LaTeX Equation Editor to respond to interactions. 

You can also change the styling of your response to include a table, numbered/bulleted list, or special characters

Enable captions

Note: If captions are not available, there will not be a cc button. 

Enable captions by clicking on the  cc button next to the gear icon. 

Adjust the language of the captions by selecting the  gear icon menu.

View transcripts

To view navigable transcripts follow these steps.

  1. Enable captions by clicking on the cc button next to the gear icon. 
  2. Adjust the language of the captions by selecting the gear icon menu.
  3. Select the sidebar icon.
  4. Click the Transcripts tab. Transcripts will appear as the video plays. Click on any transcript line to be brought to that specific part of the video or search for keywords in the transcript. Please note that you are not able to skip ahead if your instructor does not have fast forward enabled. 

Show captions only in transcript

Learners can select to only show captions in the transcript but not overlay them on the video. Please click the  gear icon and check the Show captions only in transcript option.

Switch video streams

Switch video streams if a stream is not playing or the quality is not clear.

  1. Select the gear icon menu. 
  2. Choose a stream that plays best on your device.

Take notes on a Bulb

If you need to take notes on the video, click on the sidebar icon, and then on the Notes tab. Type your note into the bottom of the Notes tab and click the blue icon next to it to save your note.  

Each note you make will also save a  clickable timestamp that you can use to jump back or forward to the point in the video when you made that note. You can also download a text file of your notes by clicking on the download icon at the top of the Notes tab.

Note: Please be aware that instructors can see notes that you save.

Answering Interactions

The video will pause once an interaction pops up on the screen. To complete the interaction, answer the question and click Submit and continue. 

You should see a toast in the upper right-hand corner of the screen telling you if your answer was submitted successfully. If the interaction allows it, you may also see highlighting and/or feedback on your selected answer choices. 

If an interaction covers up an important part of the screen, you can hide the question by clicking the 'x' in the top left corner of the interaction. If you want to make the interaction larger, however, click the arrow in the top right corner of the interaction.

Viewing additional resources in the Bulb

Pause interaction: Read through the information provided by your instructor in the interaction, and click Continue to move forward in the Bulb.

Web embed: Read the information and interact with the embedded website in the Bulb. Click the Play button to resume the Bulb.

PDF file: Read through the information in the PDF, and click the Play button to resume the Bulb. Learners can also add the following annotations to the PDF.

  1. Add comments: Click the Add Comment button on the left side, and click on the PDF file to add comments to the selected section of the file.
  2. Highlight the selected text: Click the Highlight button on the left side, and select the text from the PDF to highlight them. You can also use the toolbar on the left side to erase the highlight, change color, and change the highlight thickness.
  3. Draw: Click the Draw button on the left side and start drawing on the PDF. You can also use the toolbar on the left side to erase the drawing, change color, and change the thickness of the brush.

Note: The annotations added to the PDF will not be saved in the Bulb. Please follow the steps below to download the PDF file and keep the annotations. 

  1. Click the triple dots icon on the top right of the PDF reader
  2. Select Download this file.

Resume playback

If a learner needs to leave and come back to the video, all answers and progress will be saved. When a learner returns to the Bulb, a pop up message will appear with the option to resume playback at the timestamp when the video was stopped. Click Resume to return to the timestamp.

Note:  This option is only available if the learner has watched at least 60 seconds before closing out.
Note: Save progress does not work with YouTube videos.

Complete a Bulb

To complete a Bulb, make sure that you answer all of the required questions in the Bulb and watch the Bulb until the end. When you have completed the Bulb, the sidebar will automatically open and show you the assignment score and a green pop up message will confirm your grade has been saved. The sidebar also shows you if your instructor still has to manually grade some of your answers.

Sometimes the instructor may enable retakes on a Bulb. After clicking on Retake, the score will be reset to 0 in the gradebook until the Bulb is complete.

Note: The instructor has the option to hide learner scores upon Bulb completion. Learners can still see scores for individual interactions, but the total percentage of completion will be hidden. 

Complete a Bulb with a minimum score

For some Bulbs, the instructor may require a minimum score to be met in order for the Bulb to be marked complete. If the minimum score is not met, a gray pop up message will notify you that the Bulb has not been completed. It will then be possible to retake the Bulb until the minimum score is reached. 

Note:  The instructor may have enabled retakes on individual interactions within the Bulb, in which case there is no need to retake the full Bulb from the beginning. Instead, retake only the interactions that have been marked incorrect.

Note:  The minimum Bulb score impacts PlayPosit's ability to send a score to the grade book. In order for the Bulb to be considered complete, a learner must meet the minimum required score, as set by the instructor. 

Rewatch a Bulb

Once the Bulb has been viewed until the max timestamp of the video, a rewatch arrow icon can be clicked from the bottom left corner or from the middle of the video.

Review interactions and previous answers

 Learners can review their answers at any point while taking a Bulb, or after they have completed the Bulb by opening the sidebar and selecting the Review tab. 

Information about all previously answered interactions will show up here, including the interaction type, text, and points earned. An interaction will not show up in the Review tab until the player has reached the interaction display time displayed in each row.

Clicking an interaction will return the player to the time at which the interaction occurred in the Bulb, causing the answered interaction to pop up. Interaction answers will not be able to be changed unless the instructor has granted access to multiple attempts on one interaction.

If a Bulb contains multiple videos, then those individual video segments will also appear in the review sheet. Clicking them will cause the video player to begin playing the Bulb from that video clip's start time.

View instructor feedback on free responses

An instructor may leave feedback on free response interactions. If feedback is available, follow these steps to view instructor feedback.

To view feedback from the Bulb, launch the assignment from the LMS. Click the menu button to open the review tab. Then, select the interaction that has feedback. 

View report

  • The report is only available if the instructor has enabled this option.
  • If the instructor has set the minimum completion score for the Bulb, learners must meet the minimum completion score to view their report.

Once a bulb has been completed, learners can view or download the report. The report includes responses to all interactions and instructor feedback if provided.

Download results
This is only available if the instructor belongs to an institution with these options enabled.

To download a PDF, HTML, or DOCX copy of the report to your device, click on Download My Results. 

When the file has successfully been downloaded, there will be a green toast message that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. 

Note: Note: The Discussion interaction will only show the prompt in the PDF. 

The Web embed interaction will be a blank space in the PDF.

View results

To view the results, select View My Results.

This will open up a new tab with the Bulb report.

Note: In this view, discussion interactions will only show the prompt. Web embed interactions will be displayed and will be scrollable. Tables with over four columns will also be scrollable.

Notes will be attached to the printable report at the end of the PDF in the Learner notes section.

Mobile player experience

The following sections outline the PlayPosit player experience on mobile devices, including any notable differences between iOS and Android devices.


Click the Play button to start the Bulb. 

Note: Flip the phone to landscape mode for the best user experience.  
Select the cc button to enable and disable captions that are available. 

Select the Settings gear to view the playback options that are available. 

Note: Full screen mode and volume control are disabled in iOS. To make the video larger, flip to horizontal mode. Use the volume control on the iOS phone to control the volume of the video. 
  1. Adjust the video playback speed. This must be enabled by the instructor.
  2. Change the video stream source of the videos in the Bulb.
  3. Adjust the caption language (if available).


Click the Play button to start the Bulb. 

Note:  For the best user experience, click the Settings gear then select the Full screen control button and flip the phone to landscape mode to play the Bulb in full screen mode. 

To exit full screen mode, select the Full screen control button again. 

Select the cc button to enable and disable captions that are available. 

Select the Settings gear to view the playback options that are available. 

  1. Slide the volume control or control the volume on the Android device. 
  2. Adjust the video playback speed. Note: This must be enabled by the instructor.
  3. Change the video stream source of the videos in the Bulb.
  4. Adjust the caption language (if available). 

Complete a Playlist

Note: It is recommended to view a playlist full screen so interactions do not cover the player of a Bulb.
  1. In order to complete a Playlist, launch the playlist as a learner from your PlayPosit account.
  2. Complete all the items on the table of contents to complete the playlist.
  3. When a Bulb or item is completed, a green checkmark will appear in front of the completed Bulb or item. Learners can click the Next button on the green toast message to move to the next item in the playlist.


    1. If the instructor has activated the Lock Progression toggle, a lock icon will be shown next to the Bulb or item in the list until the Bulb above it is complete. Learners can click on the Next button to move forward in the playlist.
    2. Learners need to meet the following requirements to complete the Bulbs or items:
      • Bulbs: Answer all the required questions and reach the last timestamp of the Bulb.
      • PDFs: Reach the last page of the PDF.
      • Images, Web sites, Text items: Stay on the page for 5 seconds.
      • Attachment (DOC, CSV): Click the download button.
    3. If the instructor has set a minimum completion score for the bulb in the playlist, learners will need to meet the minimum completion score to mark the bulb as completed.
    4. If there are manually graded free response interactions in the bulb with a minimum completion score enabled, learners may have to wait until the instructor grades the free response interactions to complete the bulb.
  4. If there are Learner Made Bulbs assignments in the playlist, please select the available video host from the list, and import the video to start creating the LMB. Please also see this article for more information about completing the LMB assignment.

  5. Once completing the assignment, learners will see the notification that the LMB item is completed, and please click on the Next button to move forward to the next item in the playlist.

  6. At any point, while working on the playlist, select Save and Exit to save all completed work. 
  7. Finish all of the Bulbs in the Table of Contents to complete the playlist. 
  8. If a certificate is available for the playlist, click Print Certificate to print a certificate of completion. 
  9. If grading was enabled for the assignment, upon completion of the playlist, the gradebook will display the sum of the points earned on all the Bulbs at that point divided by the sum of all the points possible in those same Bulbs.
  10. Note: Grade completion will only occur after the learner has completed all Bulbs in the playlist regardless of whether the playlist is open or locked progression.
  11. Select Save and Exit when the playlist is complete. 

View gradebook

To view your gradebook for a class, click on the class you would like to view your grades for. Inside of the class, click Gradebook at the top of the page. This will display your grades for all of the Bulbs within that class. 


In general, if you're having issues with one browser, we recommend that you either update it or switch to another browser. PlayPosit 3.0 generally works best on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

My Bulb won't play
Please refer to this help article for recommendations on getting your Bulb to play. You can also try switching your video source by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and clicking on the drop down menu next to the timestamp.
settings-selectSourceI closed the browser window and didn't finish
You are able to pick back up wherever you left off. Re-open the Bulb and move the cursor along the scrub bar to the point where you stopped. The white space indicates the part of the video you have already watched and the gray is the part that still needs to be watched. 
I want to watch my Bulb again
As long as your Bulb is still available to you on your learner dashboard, you can click on the assignment to rewatch the Bulb without re-answering interactions.

I can't retake the Bulb
You can only retake your Bulb if your instructor has this setting enabled. You can go back and access your assignment to watch the video again and view your responses as long as the assignment is still available in your LMS. 

How to change my name
To change your name, click on your name in the left pop-out menu. Then click on your name to edit it. 

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