VoiceThread is an online interactive program that allows students and instructors to post audio, video or text comments on shared, multimedia slideshows. It facilitates asynchronous online discussions in a way that simulates a live presence.
All instructors at the University of Colorado Boulder are eligible for Pro accounts (create an unlimited number of VoiceThreads, with unlimited storage). All students at University of Colorado Boulder are eligible for Basic accounts (create up to 50 VoiceThreads and 2 GB of storage).
VoiceThread is integrated with Desire2Learn in a number of ways and additional functionality is being developed. For an improved experience, including auto-populated classes and improved sharing capabilities, consider activating the VoiceThread Course View in your D2L course. This will allow students to access VoiceThread without having to login. Alternatively, you can always link out to VoiceThreads from within D2L.
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.
Log in with your CU credentials (CU Login Name and IdentiKey password)
To adjust your Display Preferences, click your username (e.g. email@example.com) in the top right of the screen and choose Display Preferences from the drop-down. Then select if you would like to work in a light or dark environment. You can also choose here to switch to VoiceThread Universal, which is designed for use with screen readers.
There are three steps to creating a VoiceThread. The first step is adding media files to serve as slides in the VoiceThread, as explained in the current section. The second is commenting on your slides, covered in part three of this guide. The final step is sharing your VoiceThread so others can view it, covered in parts five and six.
After clicking Create, the first step is to add media to your VoiceThread.
Now that all of the media is in place, we can integrate text, audio and webcam Comments.
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 Four 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: If you use the VoiceThread Course View in D2L,your students will need to click on the course view link from within D2L at least once to establish a connection between your D2L course and their VoiceThread accounts.
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 Four)
See Part Seven: 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.
You can embed the VoiceThread so students can comment without needing to visit https://colorado.voicethread.com.
Note: Your students will still be prompted to log in to VoiceThread before commenting.
If you elect NOT to use the VoiceThread Course View in D2L (described in Part Five), 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. Then you’ll be asked to choose if the group should be able to view, comment on, or edit the VoiceThread before you share it
When you click on any Group name on the left, you will see all of the VoiceThreads that are currently shared with the Group.
If you added the VoiceThread Course View to your D2L course and plan to use VoiceThread for the same course in the future, your VoiceThread groups/classes list will quickly become confusing. Thus, at the end of every semester, follow these steps to ensure that VoiceThread is ready to go for the next semester.