Create playlists

You can present the resources in your collection with playlists. Playlists let you show items in a particular order. Each discussion or lesson can have its own playlist.

Playlists are available to all Collections users. Teachers can use them to create personalized learning experiences for students. Librarians can use them to enrich their book talks. And, students can use them to present group projects.

Add items to a playlist, and then edit or share it the same way you do a collection.


  • Playlists can contain any resource in a collection, including other collections.
  • A collection can contain more than one playlist.

To create a playlist:

  1. On the PRIVATE tab, find and open the collection you want to add a playlist to.
  2. At the bottom-right corner, click Add Item icon.. The Add Item pop-up appears.
  3. Click the PLAYLIST tab.
  4. Enter a title for your playlist, and then click Next to have that playlist appear in your collection.

    Add Item pop-up with Playlist tab.

  5. On the left side of the page, find an item you want to add to your playlist.
  6. Click Add Slide, or use the drag-and-drop Drag-and-drop icon. icon to drag items into your playlist.

    Playlist in a collection.


    • The first slide in your playlist also appears on the playlist card in your collection. If the first slide is marked 'For Instructor Use Only', then students will see the image from the next slide.
    • To edit the title of your playlist, click Edit icon. at the top of the page.
    • To drag and drop an item into your playlist, click Drag-and-drop icon. on the item. You can also drag and drop items within your playlist to custom sort them.
    • To find a particular item in your collection, enter a keyword in the playlist's Search field.

To hide slides in a playlist:

You can hide slides in a playlist to include additional help for selected students. Hidden items can contain vocabulary lists, translations, and other resources that reinforce learning.

  1. From the playlist, find the item you want to hide.
  2. On the item, select More Options icon. > Hide. The Hidden item icon. icon lets you know the item is hidden.

    Item options, including Change Position, Remove, and Hide.


    • To show a hidden item, select More Options icon. > Show. The Hidden item icon. icon disappears.
    • Hidden slides are available to everyone in the playlist viewer.

To play, edit, copy, or delete a playlist:

You can play, edit, copy, or delete a playlist one of two ways:

From your collection, find the playlist and select More Options icon. > Play, Edit, Change Position, Copy, or Delete, depending on the action you want.

Playlist options, including Play, Edit, Change Position, Copy, and Delete.

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Open the playlist viewer. Then, click Next icon. to move forward or Back icon. to go back in the playlist.

Playlist viewer with playback controls highlighted.

  • At the top-right corner, click Full screen icon. to view the playlist in full screen.
  • At the top-right corner, click New window icon. to open the page in a new window.
  • At the top-left corner, click Hidden slide icon. to view hidden slides.
  • At the top-left corner, click Close Slide List icon. to close the list of items in the playlist.


Modify your playlist.

Change Position Move the playlist to a different position in your collection.


Make a copy of your playlist.


Permanently remove your playlist.

From the playlist header, select More Options icon. > Play, Copy, or Delete (depending on the action you want).

Playlist header with play, copy, and delete options.

Note: You can only edit a playlist from your own collection.

To share a playlist:

  1. From the playlist header, click Share playlist icon..

    Share Playlist pop-up.

  2. Do one of the following:


    • When you share a playlist, users only see the playlist viewer, not your entire collection.
    • Users do not have to be logged in to Collections to view a playlist.