The Student Experience (without an LMS)

  • Note: This article only applies to students accessing PlayPosit 3.0 without a Learning Management System (LMS). Click here for the article on students 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. Play a bulb
  5. Use the rich text editor
  6. Enable captions
  7. View transcripts
  8. Switch video streams
  9. Take notes on a bulb
  10. Complete a bulb
  11. Review interactions and previous answers
  12. View report
  13. View gradebook
  14. 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.

Play a bulb

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

You can click on the settings icon in the bottom right corner of your screen to:

  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)

Use the rich text editor

If your instructor has included a free response interaction, you can use the rich text editor to respond.

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 the free response appears, click Use rich text?.

This will open the rich text editor where you can upload a video response, audio response, or include an image

Note: Video response is only included for institutional clients that have HLS uploading included in their contract. 

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. 

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.


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.

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've completed the bulb, the sidebar will automatically open and show you the assignment score and a green pop-up will confirm your grade has saved. The sidebar also shows you if your instructor still has to manually grade some of your answers.

Sometimes your instructor may enable retries on a bulb. However, if you click Retry Bulb at this point, your score will be reset to 0 until you complete the bulb again. 

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 report

Note: The report is only available if the instructor is part of an institutional license and has enabled this option.

Once you complete the bulb, you can view the report that includes your responses to all interactions. To access this, click View Report on the sidebar. This will open up a new tab with your bulb report that can either be printed out or saved as a PDF.

If you took any notes during the bulb, those can be viewed in the printable report at the end under Learner Notes.

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 bulb 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.


I 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 student dashboard, you can click on the assignment to rewatch the bulb without re-answering interactions.

I can't retry the bulb

You can only retry 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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