Voicethread Commenting Features
Collaboration, instructional technology, TLT, Web 2.0

New VoiceThread Commenting Features

If you haven’t explored VoiceThread since last semester, you will be pleased to learn about the tool’s three new commenting features.  Direct replies and threaded conversations make interaction more interactive and dynamic, while private replies allow participants to engage one another more discreetly.

Direct Replies

Owners and editors of VoiceThreads are able to insert comments directly after someone else’s comment on a slide.  For example, students can reply directly to the feedback left by their classmates or questions asked by their instructor.  To do this, click on the direct reply icon inside a person’s comment window (it looks like an arrow).  Your reply will display directly beneath the original comment, but bumped in slightly.
Voicethread Direct Reply

Threaded Discussions

The threaded discussions feature makes VoiceThread more similar to an online discussion board, with comments branching off an original comment.  This helps to keep robust back-and-forth conversations more organized.

Voicethread Threaded Comment










To use this feature, you must enable it in Playback Settings.

Voicethread Playback Settings

Voicethread Enable Threaded Commenting

Threaded comments are represented by a round identity image (as opposed to the usual square shape).  To start a new threaded conversation, click on the threaded comment button inside a person’s comment window.

Voicethread Create a New Thread

Threaded discussions would be particularly useful if you’d like to encourage multiple students to engage one another about a VoiceThread’s content.  In contrast, a direct reply is a dialog between two people (though the interaction can be seen by anyone who has access to the VoiceThread).  This would be best for asking a single question or offering praise.

Private Replies

The private reply feature allows you to start a private, two-way conversation with someone who has commented on a VoiceThread.  Private comments are represented by a round identity image with a padlock icon.  To start a new private conversation or add to an existing one, click on the private reply button inside a person’s comment window.

Voicethread Private Reply

The private reply option could be especially useful if an instructor would like to include an assessment in a VoiceThread.  For example, an instructor could leave a comment asking the students to reply to a question.  To prevent the students from seeing one another’s responses, the instructor could request students use the private reply option.  That would permit only the instructor to see the students’ comments and would allow him/her to respond directly to each student.

Let us know what you think about these new commenting features.  We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Productivity, TLT, Video

New Adobe Licenses Available

Great news!  IT just announced that they have secured two fabulous Adobe products for use by CofC faculty and staff.

For Free – Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro will allow faculty to view and create PDFs.  This is a critical piece of software if you are preparing for tenure and promotion.  You can also use it to:

  • combine multiple PDFs into one
  • make your PDFs accessible
  • annotate a PDF
  • shrink the file size  of a PDF
  • digitally sign a PDF
  • convert some PDFs to Microsoft Word format

This is a free license for faculty and staff for use on CofC owned computers.

How do you get it?

Easy!  Just contact the Helpdesk (helpdesk@cofc.edu or 953-3375) and indicate that you would like to have Adobe Acrobat Pro installed.  Make sure to indicate the type of computer you have as well as your computer’s name.  The Helpdesk folks can help you figure out this information.  Just give them a call.

Adobe Creative Cloud

While not free, IT has secured an amazing price on this comprehensive software bundle.  For CofC computers, your department can purchase a license of Creative Cloud for only $165/year.  Creative Cloud includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere.  Be advised that this suite is not needed for basic video or photo editing.  There are easier, free versions of software that can help you meet basic needs (contact your instructional tech for help with the free versions.)  Also be advised that, currently, CofC does not offer training on these applications.

How do you get it?

  1. Contact IT Financial by phone at (843) 953-3989 or by email at ITFinancial@cofc.edu and indicate that you would like to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud.
  2. IT Financial will walk you through the steps to submit an IDT in the amount of $165.00 per year per copy. Please know that this will be automatically renewed at the end of the fiscal year. If you wish to cancel your subscription, you’ll need to inform IT Financial.
  3. Once the IDT has been received, IT Financial will arrange for a technician to contact you for installation. Please note that classroom installations will have first priority.