VoiceThread is an online interactive program that allows you to easily create a digital slide show using photos, video, or documents. The VoiceThread creator can then add comments (audio, text or video) and doodles to that slide show and share it with others who can comment as well.
All instructors at the University of Colorado Boulder are eligible for Pro accounts (create an unlimited number of VoiceThreads, 10 GB of storage). All students at University of Colorado Boulder are eligible for Basic accounts (create up to 50 VoiceThreads and1 GB of storage).
OIT is actively working with VoiceThread to improve its functionality with Desire2Learn. You may have noticed a few improvements beginning August of 2013. This is an ongoing process so please contact us with your feedback!
As of August of 2013, CU users of VoiceThread can access the tool from either VoiceThread or through their D2L courses. When you are just beginning with the program, we recommend that you visit the CU VoiceThread page. Once you have VoiceThreads created and ready for your course, then you can easily add VoiceThreads to your D2L courses.
Many kinds of media can be used as the basis of your VoiceThread, including digital photos, digital video, Word documents, PowerPoint slides, Excel files, etc.
Once your VoiceThread is created, it is a 3-step process to upload and insert media: 1. Upload, 2. Comment, and 3. Share
Now that all of the media is in place, we can integrate text, audio and webcam Comments.
Follow the prompts to leave your audio, webcam, phone or text comments.
By default, VoiceThreads are set to private. In order for others to be able to view them and leave comments, we must open the Publishing Options
If you intend to have more than one class comment on a VoiceThread in the same semester, be sure to create copies of the VoiceThread and share a different copy with each distinct section. (This suggestion applies to VoiceThreads you plan to reuse semester to semester as well.) If you fail to create distinct copies, all of your students will comment on the same VoiceThread.
There are two primary ways you can share VoiceThreads in your D2L courses, by creating a link (Option 1) or by enabling the VoiceThread Course View (Option 2).
Note: If you intend to have more than one class comment on a VoiceThread, be sure to create various copies of the VoiceThread and share a different copy with each section. Return to Part Five to read more about the copying process.
If you plan to use VoiceThread only once or twice during the semester, we recommend that you share the link to your new VoiceThread in your Desire2Learn course.
When your students click on a link to VoiceThread for the first time, they will be prompted to confirm that they have a CU Boulder username.
If they click "yes", they will be prompted to sign into VoiceThread with their CU credentials. The VoiceThread you created should open directly for commenting (if not, they can refresh their page and the VoiceThread will open). If they click “no”, they will be prompted to create an account.
If you plan to use VoiceThread often, or if you want your students to create or share VoiceThreads with each other, we recommend that you add the VoiceThread Course View to Content in your D2L course homepage. Accessing VoiceThread in this way will automatically create a group in your VoiceThread account for this course.
When your students click the VoiceThread Course View link, they will be able to view and comment on any VoiceThreads you have shared with the course without signing in to VoiceThread.
Note: The next time you sign into https://colorado.voicethread.com you will notice a new "group" has been created in your VoiceThread account with the same title as your D2L course. This new group was automatically created when you enabled the VoiceThread Course View.
If you wish to use the same VoiceThread in different sections or for different semesters, remember to create different versions or copies of your VoiceThreads (see Part Five)
See Part Eight: End of Semester Maintenance for additional information.
If you use a blog or a website other than D2L, you can either link to VoiceThreads, embed VoiceThreads, or create a group within Colorado’s VoiceThread site.
To link to a VoiceThread, return to Part Five, Option 1.
To embed the VoiceThread so students can comment without needing to visit https://colorado.voicethread.com.
If you elect NOT to use the VoiceThread Course View in D2L (described in Part Six), you can still create Groups for your specific courses in VoiceThread so your students can easily access the VoiceThreads for that class. A Pro account is needed for this step (see Part One for information on Pro accounts).
After a Group is created, sharing is really simple. Just click on a VoiceThread and drag it onto the Group’s name on the left. Your VoiceThread will instantly be shared with everyone in that Group.
When you click on any Group name on the left, you will see all of the VoiceThreads that are currently shared with the Group.
At the end of each semester, you will need to make a decision regarding the class/group that you created in your CU VoiceThread account. (To verify you need to complete this step, log in to VoiceThread. If you see any groups under University of Colorado Boulder from the MyVoice page, this step applies to you.)
If you plan to use VoiceThread for the same course in the future, your VoiceThread groups/classes list will quickly become confusing since the name for the class is automatically populated by D2L. Thus, at the end of every semester, consider one of the following two options (read carefully):
Option 1: Change the name of your previous semester’s VoiceThread group (eg add "Fall 2013" after the course name). This step will allow you to avoid confusion and also archive student-created VoiceThreads.
Option 2: Delete the previous semester’s VoiceThread group. By deleting the group, you will maintain the VoiceThreads you have created along with student comments in your "My Voice" page; however, you will lose access to any student-created VoiceThreads.
If you wish to follow Option 1 and simply edit the title of the course/group, add the necessary section or semester information and then select Save.
If you wish to follow Option 2 to delete the previous semester’s VoiceThread group, select the red Delete Group button. Remember, by deleting a group you will no longer have any access to student-created VoiceThreads.