VoiceThread | Office of Information Technology

VoiceThread

Last Updated: 01/04/2017

Overview

With VoiceThread, people can have asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, videos and presentations they upload to the site. Once a user shares a VoiceThread, others can comment on it verbally (with a microphone or telephone), with text, by uploading an audio file or by recording a video with their webcam. Additionally, others can review the comments and see who made them.

CU-Boulder offers a campus wide license of VoiceThread. To access this technology, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.

VoiceThread User Guides

To learn about the capabilities of VoiceThread including how to create, comment on, and share a VoiceThread, please visit one of the following guides depending on your affiliation:

Additional Documentation

VoiceThread Digital Library

CU-Boulder already has many faculty utilizing VoiceThread, in a variety of ways, throughout campus. To see examples of how VoiceThread is being used, visit the VoiceThread Digital Library.

VoiceThread Accessibility

CU-Boulder is committed to providing help information and assistance with campus services for all users, including those with accessibility concerns. VoiceThread accessibility considerations, information for content creators, alternatives/workarounds, and more can be found on the VoiceThread Accessibility page.

Features

  • People can virtually collaborate and converse about the media uploaded to VoiceThread.
  • Comments can be added several ways: voice (with a microphone or telephone); text; audio file; and video (via a webcam).
  • VoiceThreads can be shared with others so they can record comments.
  • Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities and pick which comments are shown through moderation.
  • VoiceThreads can be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites such as D2L and exported to play as archival mp4s.

Cost

CU-Boulder has a campus wide license of VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a common-good service for the campus, which means there is no direct cost to an individual or department.

Who can get it

CU-Boulder’s VoiceThread technology is available to all CU-Boulder affiliates with an active IdentiKey.

How to get it

  • Go to https://colorado.voicethread.com.
  • You will be directed to CU-Boulder's VoiceThread login page.
  • Login with your IdentiKey and follow any on-screen steps, such as agreeing to Terms of Use and confirming your Digital ID Card.
  • When you log in to VoiceThread for the first time as a new user, you will automatically receive a Basic VoiceThread account. If you are an instructor of a course at CU, you are eligible to recieve a free upgrade to a Pro account with expanded permissions, such as unlimited VoiceThreads and the ability to create Groups. To request an upgrade, please fill out the Request a Pro Account form.
    • Before you submit: Please verify that you have a VoiceThread account at CU by logging in to VoiceThread with your IdentiKey username and password.

Support

In addition to the documentation provided here, you will find a comprehensive list of tutorials on VoiceThread's Support Site. Look in the "Web Application" category.

VoiceThread also hosts periodic online workshops. You can view and sign up for a workshop on Voicethread's website.

Instructions / Tutorials