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VoiceThread is an interactive multimedia platform designed to enhance communication and collaboration in educational and professional settings. It allows users to create and share media-rich presentations, known as VoiceThreads, which can include images, videos, documents, and audio recordings. Participants can then comment on these presentations using text, audio, or video, creating a dynamic, asynchronous conversation around the content​. VoiceThread is widely used in classrooms and online courses to facilitate discussions, group projects, and peer feedback, providing an engaging and accessible way to interact with course materials and each other​​. For more details, you can visit the tutorials below or visit the VoiceThread official website.

UPDATED (May 2024)

For seasoned VoiceThread users who just want to see the changes, please click here for a summary of the changes.

Creating a Basic VoiceThread for Beginners

Basic VoiceThread for Faculty Text Tutorial

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM VOICETHREAD REGARDING YOUTUBE INTEGRATION:  The YouTube integration is working now, but it’s still intermittent because we’re (VOICETHREAD) relying on a third party that seems to have some issues. We are working on an alternative that will use true YouTube embeds so we are not susceptible to this type of unreliability. The tradeoff is that we won’t be able to strip off YouTube’s ads, but it will be a much more stable solution. I’ll let you know when this is done.

Adding a VoiceThread into OAKS

Adding VoiceThreads into OAKS News, Content, Discussions, etc.

While the tutorial shows how to add a VT in Content, the same process can work in almost any tool in OAKS.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Text Tutorial Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Video Tutorial

 

updated: 5/17/24

Adding Graded VoiceThread Assignments

VoiceThread is a great tool that is integrated with OAKS (D2L/Brightspace) but few of us use it to its greatest potential.  With the integration, you can quickly and easily add VoiceThreads to Content as well as ASSIGN students tasks such as to watch a VT, comment 2x on a VT, or create their own VT!  The grade can then be tied right to the OAKS Grade book.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Add a WATCH Assignment Create a WATCH Assignment  Text Tutorial Create a WATCH Assignment  Video Tutorial
Add a COMMENT Assignment Create a COMMENT Assignment  Text Tutorial Create a COMMENT Assignment  Video Tutorial
Add a CREATE Assignment Add a CREATE Assignment Text Tutorial Add a CREATE Assignment Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Grading VoiceThread Assignments

 

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Grade a WATCH Assignment Grade a WATCH Assignment  Text Tutorial Grade a WATCH Assignment  Video Tutorial
Grade a COMMENT Assignment Grade a COMMENT Assignment  Text Tutorial Grade a COMMENT Assignment  Video Tutorial
Grade a CREATE Assignment Grade a CREATE Assignment Text Tutorial Grade a CREATE Assignment Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Accessing VoiceThread for Students
Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class

Prior to 12/22, VoiceTheads copied between OAKS courses had to be relinked.  After 12/18/22, there is a new way to add VTs to OAKS so this is no longer the case.  If you copy the VoiceThreads properly, you will not have to relink the assignments.

NOTE:  This only works if you have added the VTs using the new method.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Text Tutorial Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Creating a Collaborative Class VoiceThread Assignment

Creating an assignment where students add their own slide to a collective VoiceThread

We normally use VoiceThread (VT) to record lectures and occasionally allow students to comment or ask questions.  But what about creating a single VT where all your students actually contribute the content?  For example, instead of having every student create their own VoiceThread to introduce themselves, create one VT where each student contributes a slide.  It’s easy to set it up so that students can edit the VT!

Suggested Uses:

  • Online discussion board
  • Class introductions
  • Foreign language practice
  • Reflection
  • Social Learning
  • Hear multiple ways of solving a problem
Comment Moderation and Private Replies

One of the settings you’ll find when looking at a VoiceThread’s playback settings is Moderate Comments. Comment Moderation makes other people’s comments invisible to everyone except the VoiceThread’s creator or someone who’s been granted editing rights. 

Comment Moderation Tutorial

 

 

Types of Media Available in VoiceThread

Media Sources – allows you to use images already on the web.

  • No one file can be larger than 25MB for students (basic account).
  • You can add the following:
    • images – .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp
    • audio – .mp3, .wav
    • video – .mp4 (h.264, 600x 450 is recommended)
    • documents – .doc/.docx, .pdf, .xls/.xlsx
    • presentations – .ppt/.pptx, .pdf
    • links to web files
    • recorded video from your webcam
  1. My VoiceThreads – allows you to reuse images that are part of one of your other VoiceThreads previously created.
  2. Flickr – allows you to use images you have already posted to Flickr. Note: it only allows you to view photos that are part of a set in Flickr.
  3. Google Drive – allows you to use files stored in your CofC Google Drive.
  4. New York Public Library – allows you to use images already uploaded and used in a VoiceThread created by the New York Public Library.
  5. Zoom – allows you to import recordings from Zoom into VT (up to six months old; edits do not copy, meaning if you edited your Zoom video, those cuts are not reflected in VT [you get the entire video]). A note: if you delete the recording from Zoom.us after sharing within a VT, the video will remain in VT (it creates a copy).
  6. Kaltura – Clicking on Media Sources allows you to add a recording you previously created in Kaltura.  
    • Click Kaltura  
    • Click Owned by me  This is the ONLY option you will see any recordings. 
    • Click on the Kaltura recording you want to use and click Import
    • Click OK
    • Click X in upper right to close the Media Sources page .  Here you will see the VoiceThread processing that recording. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON YOUTUBE INTEGRATION FROM VOICETHREAD:  The YouTube integration is working now (11/12/20), but it’s still intermittent because we’re (VOICETHREAD) relying on a third party that seems to have some issues. We are working on an alternative that will use true YouTube embeds so we are not susceptible to this type of unreliability. The tradeoff is that we won’t be able to strip off YouTube’s ads, but it will be a much more stable solution. I’ll let you know when this is done.

Automatic Closed Captions for VoiceThreads

 

 

 

Using VoiceThread on Mobile Devices

Using the VoiceThread App

Learn how to use the VoiceThread App on your phone or tablet.

 

 

Troubleshooting VoiceThread

You can visit the CofC Knowledge Base and search for VoiceThread to access all of the articles to help you diagnose any issues you are having.

You can also visit the troubleshooting videos created by the VoiceThread company

 

Important Browser Information (Archive later)

Browser requirements

  • Chrome and Firefox are fully supported. Make sure you are using the latest version.
  • Microsoft Edge and Safari can be used to open and view VoiceThreads but currently cannot be used for recording audio or video. If these browsers implement support for HTML5 in the future, audio and video recording in VoiceThread may be possible.
  • Internet Explorer does not support HTML5 and therefore cannot be used with VoiceThread.
Creating a Basic VoiceThread for Beginners

Basic VoiceThread for Faculty Text Tutorial

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM VOICETHREAD REGARDING YOUTUBE INTEGRATION:  The YouTube integration is working now, but it’s still intermittent because we’re (VOICETHREAD) relying on a third party that seems to have some issues. We are working on an alternative that will use true YouTube embeds so we are not susceptible to this type of unreliability. The tradeoff is that we won’t be able to strip off YouTube’s ads, but it will be a much more stable solution. I’ll let you know when this is done.

Adding a VoiceThread into OAKS

Adding VoiceThreads into OAKS News, Content, Discussions, etc.

While the tutorial shows how to add a VT in Content, the same process can work in almost any tool in OAKS.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Text Tutorial Add a VoiceThread to OAKS Content Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Adding Graded VoiceThread Assignments

VoiceThread is a great tool that is integrated with OAKS (D2L/Brightspace) but few of us use it to its greatest potential.  With the integration, you can quickly and easily add VoiceThreads to Content as well as ASSIGN students tasks such as to watch a VT, comment 2x on a VT, or create their own VT!  The grade can then be tied right to the OAKS Grade book.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Add a WATCH Assignment Create a WATCH Assignment  Text Tutorial Create a WATCH Assignment  Video Tutorial
Add a COMMENT Assignment Create a COMMENT Assignment  Text Tutorial Create a COMMENT Assignment  Video Tutorial
Add a CREATE Assignment Add a CREATE Assignment Text Tutorial Add a CREATE Assignment Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Grading VoiceThread Assignments

 

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Grade a WATCH Assignment Grade a WATCH Assignment  Text Tutorial Grade a WATCH Assignment  Video Tutorial
Grade a COMMENT Assignment Grade a COMMENT Assignment  Text Tutorial Grade a COMMENT Assignment  Video Tutorial
Grade a CREATE Assignment Grade a CREATE Assignment Text Tutorial Grade a CREATE Assignment Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Accessing VoiceThread for Students
Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class

Prior to 12/22, VoiceTheads copied between OAKS courses had to be relinked.  After 12/18/22, there is a new way to add VTs to OAKS so this is no longer the case.  If you copy the VoiceThreads properly, you will not have to relink the assignments.

NOTE:  This only works if you have added the VTs using the new method.

  Text Tutorial Video Tutorial
Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Text Tutorial Copy a VoiceThread to a New Class Video Tutorial

 

updated: 12/22/22

Creating a Collaborative Class VoiceThread Assignment

Creating an assignment where students add their own slide to a collective VoiceThread

We normally use VoiceThread (VT) to record lectures and occasionally allow students to comment or ask questions.  But what about creating a single VT where all your students actually contribute the content?  For example, instead of having every student create their own VoiceThread to introduce themselves, create one VT where each student contributes a slide.  It’s easy to set it up so that students can edit the VT!

Suggested Uses:

  • Online discussion board
  • Class introductions
  • Foreign language practice
  • Reflection
  • Social Learning
  • Hear multiple ways of solving a problem
Comment Moderation and Private Replies

One of the settings you’ll find when looking at a VoiceThread’s playback settings is Moderate Comments. Comment Moderation makes other people’s comments invisible to everyone except the VoiceThread’s creator or someone who’s been granted editing rights.  

Comment Moderation and Private Replies on VT
Types of Media Available in VoiceThread

Media Sources – allows you to use images already on the web.

  • No one file can be larger than 25MB for students (basic account).
  • You can add the following:
    • images – .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp
    • audio – .mp3, .wav
    • video – .mp4 (h.264, 600x 450 is recommended)
    • documents – .doc/.docx, .pdf, .xls/.xlsx
    • presentations – .ppt/.pptx, .pdf
    • links to web files
    • recorded video from your webcam
  1. My VoiceThreads – allows you to reuse images that are part of one of your other VoiceThreads previously created.
  2. Flickr – allows you to use images you have already posted to Flickr. Note: it only allows you to view photos that are part of a set in Flickr.
  3. Google Drive – allows you to use files stored in your CofC Google Drive.
  4. New York Public Library – allows you to use images already uploaded and used in a VoiceThread created by the New York Public Library.
  5. Zoom – allows you to import recordings from Zoom into VT (up to six months old; edits do not copy, meaning if you edited your Zoom video, those cuts are not reflected in VT [you get the entire video]). A note: if you delete the recording from Zoom.us after sharing within a VT, the video will remain in VT (it creates a copy).
  6. Kaltura – Clicking on Media Sources allows you to add a recording you previously created in Kaltura.  
    • Click Kaltura  
    • Click Owned by me  This is the ONLY option you will see any recordings. 
    • Click on the Kaltura recording you want to use and click Import
    • Click OK
    • Click X in upper right to close the Media Sources page .  Here you will see the VoiceThread processing that recording. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON YOUTUBE INTEGRATION FROM VOICETHREAD:  The YouTube integration is working now (11/12/20), but it’s still intermittent because we’re (VOICETHREAD) relying on a third party that seems to have some issues. We are working on an alternative that will use true YouTube embeds so we are not susceptible to this type of unreliability. The tradeoff is that we won’t be able to strip off YouTube’s ads, but it will be a much more stable solution. I’ll let you know when this is done.

Automatic Closed Captions for VoiceThreads
Using VoiceThread on Mobile Devices

Using the VoiceThread App

Learn how to use the VoiceThread App on your phone or tablet.

 

 

Troubleshooting VoiceThread

You can visit the CofC Knowledge Base and search for VoiceThread to access all of the articles to help you diagnose any issues you are having.

You can also visit the troubleshooting videos created by the VoiceThread company

 

The New VoiceThread Experience (May 2024)

VoiceThread has made some significant enhancements.  The section below describes the updates as of May 2024.  This section is especially good for those who are skilled users of the previous versions of VoiceThread so that you are seeing what has changed.  The above tutorials are being updated to reflect the changes.  

Updates

Here’s a quick preview of some of the new upgrades and redesign coming to VoiceThread on May 20, 2024. The new VoiceThread features the same commenting options and features that you know, with some improvements to the look and functionality.  The biggest change is the location of the comment button – instead of the bottom center of the VoiceThread, the comment button appears on the bottom left of the VoiceThread. 

Through a redesign VoiceThread was able to simplify and de-clutter the interface without removing any functionality at all. In fact, they’ve added a number of power user features like batch revealing moderated comments, batch deletion, and a whole lot more.

Long time users might experience a moment of “hey this looks so different,” but Voicethread is confident that you will figure it out extremely quickly. They even give you a tour in just 12 seconds

For a more in-depth look at the updated VoiceThread experience, please check out this video and subsequent tutorials:https://bit.ly/3yfCXLy
For questions contact an Instructional Technologist at  tlt@cofc.edu

Additional Tutorials

Enhanced Voicethread Experience

The College of Charleston will open the new VoiceThread experience in May of 2024!  This is the biggest update in VoiceThread history, featuring a more intuitive design that is fully accessible and usable, ensuring an enhanced user experience for everyone.  Additional highlights include a simpler-to-use conversation structure.  Also, the new VoiceThread improves the ability to zoom, pan, and jump navigation.  Several exciting upgrades are highlighted below, along with a variety of tutorials.

Commenting in a VoiceThread — Select a slide and use the new comment button, now located on the left side of the page. You can type and record audio or video as part of your comment.  To add a comment to a conversation, just click the button on the lower left. You will then choose a comment type.  A choice between text, audio, video, and upload will be available unless settings are adjusted to eliminate any of these choices.  To see the new commenting features in action, watch this video.

One Conversation/Viewing Comments: Comments are aligned in a single timeline called ‘One conversation’, making it easier to follow discussions. You can also zoom in and pan on images while commenting to point out specific details​ (One Conversation Video)​​ One Conversation vs. multi-conversation tutorial:  https://voicethread.com/howto/one-conversation-vs-multi-conversation/

Enhanced Accessibility Features:  Ensure that you explore accessibility options, such as adjusting for dark mode or utilizing closed captions for a better user experience​ https://voicethread.com/blog/new-voicethread-simpler-more-accessible-and-more-powerful-2023-09-07/

Additional Enhancements

Bulk Actions for Comment Management: The introduction of bulk actions like deleting all comments or revealing moderated comments at once, streamlining the management process. /https://voicethread.com/howto/deleting-a-comment-2/

Zoom & Pan – You can now zoom in and move around in an image during your comment, and everything you do will playback for your audience, just like they were sitting right next to you. –Zoom and Pan

Multi-slide (M/5) Comments: This feature allows users to jump navigation –Open the new slide gallery and keep it open during your comment! This allows you to jump from slide 1 to slide 40 in a single click rather than flipping through them one by one. https://voicethread.cmail20.com/t/y-l-pkrjiul-iholktlc-u/ 

Assignment and Grading: For educators, the platform allows for the creation of assignments and the grading of student work directly within VoiceThread. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these options to leverage VoiceThread effectively in educational settings. https://voicethread.com/howto/using-new-assignments/

Questions? Reach out to TLT@cofc.edu

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