VoiceThread for SPS Students

VoiceThread is an alternative to text-based discussion boards; it is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to have a discussion centered on media such as images, videos, presentations, and documents. Users contribute comments using microphone, text, webcam, telephone, or uploaded audio files.

Your instructor will provide a link to VoiceThread in your Blackboard course site, and you may be asked to view, participate in, or create a VoiceThread (Note: when you click on the VoiceThread link your instructor has provided, do not click “Launch” on the next page; this will take you to an error page. Instead, wait a few seconds and the VoiceThread page will appear). This guide provides instruction on how to use and make the most of this exciting tool.

How to Submit an Assignment

The following video walks through the steps of how to complete each of the three possible types of VoiceThread assignments: Create a VoiceThread, Comment on a VoiceThread, and Watch a VoiceThread. Below you can find more detailed information on how to add a comment to and how to create a VoiceThread.

Assignment Submission for Students

You can also see step-by-step instructions on the VoiceThread’s Blackboard help page here.

How to Add a Comment

[PDF] VoiceThread – Participating in a VT for Students– A written guide for students on how to leave a comment on a VoiceThread.

You can add comments by text, microphone, webcam, phone, and by uploading an audio file from your computer. To leave a comment, click on the plus sign that appears on the bottom in the center of all VoiceThread slides.

See step-by-step instructions on the VoiceThread Commenting Help page here.

How to Create Your Own VoiceThread

[PDF] VoiceThread – Creating a VT for SPS Students – A written guide for students on how to create their own VoiceThread.

To create your own VoiceThread, click on the VoiceThread link your instructor has provided in your Blackboard course site. You will be taken to a “Launch LTI Link” confirmation page; do not click “Launch.” You will automatically be forwarded to the next page if you wait a few seconds. [Note: If you click on “Launch,” you will receive an error message.]

Once VoiceThread launches, you will be taken to a VoiceThread assignment page. All the VoiceThreads you have already created in any course will be listed along the left side of the page. To submit one of the VoiceThreads that appear in that list, simply click on it, check the box to share it with the class if you like, and then click “Submit.”

To create a new VoiceThread to submit, click “Create new VoiceThread” in the upper left hand corner of the page. A new tab will open to allow you to create your VoiceThread

For links to step-by-step instructions on how to add media to your new VoiceThread, see VoiceThread’s Creating help page.

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