VoiceThread - Student Guide

Last Updated: 03/24/2014

Overview

VoiceThread is an online program through which you can leave comments (text, audio or webcam) around a slideshow of media. Your CU instructor may ask you to comment on a VoiceThread or to create your own VoiceThread.

*Note: All students at the University of Colorado Boulder are eligible for Basic VoiceThread accounts. This account allows you to create up to 50 VoiceThreads and gives you 1 GB of storage.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Getting Started

Think of a VoiceThread as a digital slideshow including photos, video, and/or documents along with any comments (text, audio or video) your instructor has included. You can, in turn, leave your own comments and doodles on the VoiceThread and view comments made by other students in your course.

Below are the basic controls of a VoiceThread:

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Identities

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  1. To customize your Identity click on your username (e.g. ralphie.buffalo@colorado.edu) at the top right of the screen and go to My Identities
     
  2. Select Edit
  3. Edit the name and picture associated with your account. You can upload a picture of yourself from your personal computer if you would like.

Commenting on VoiceThreads

If your instructor asks you to comment or answer a question, click the Comment button on the VoiceThread, then select the type of comment you wish to leave.

Comment Icon Description
For recording voice comments through a microphone on your computer.
To leave a text comment.
For webcams and the ability to leave video comments.
Can be used if you have no microphone capabilities but want to leave an audio comment. If you select the telephone, VoiceThread will call the phone number of your choice within moments and then prompt you to leave an audio comment.
Note: each CU user has a limited number of phone comments.
You can doodle on the VoiceThread while recording your comment. Once you begin commenting, the color palette will open. Select the color for your doodle and begin drawing on the media.

Once you record your comment, VoiceThread will ask if you want to Save, Cancel or Record more.

You have the option to delete your VoiceThread comment at any point. To do so, hover your cursor over your comment while it is playing and select the trash can.

Commenting on VoiceThreads within Desire2Learn

Most of you will access VoiceThread from a link within Desire2Learn. When you click on the link, the VoiceThread will either a) open directly within Desire2Learn or, b) open in a new window from https://colorado.voicethread.com.

If you are prompted to log in to VoiceThread, enter your CU Login Name and your IdentiKey Password. If you are prompted to confirm your Digital ID Card, do so. You may have to click the original link again after signing in if the VoiceThread does not automatically appear.

If your Instructor is using the VoiceThread Course View from within D2L, be sure to click that link at least once at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems in sharing.

Commenting on VoiceThreads outside of Desire2Learn

If your instructor has not shared a direct link to a VoiceThread, go to https://colorado.voicethread.com and log in with your CU Login Name and your IdentiKey Password. If you are prompted to confirm your Digital ID Card, do so.

When you enter VoiceThread, you will be taken to your MyVoice dashboard. From the MyVoice page, you may see University of Colorado Boulder on the left side of the page with your course listed below. Click on the course name to see the work shared by your instructor and classmates.

Note: If you do NOT see the name of your course, your instructor may have enabled the VoiceThread Course View but your connection was never established. To establish the connection, go to your Course’s D2L page > Content and then click on the link to the VoiceThread Course View.

If you do NOT see the VoiceThread your instructor intended to share, contact your instructor. It is possible that they need to open their commenting options.

Creating your own VoiceThread

Go to https://colorado.voicethread.com and log in with your CU Login Name and your IdentiKey Password. If you are prompted to confirm your Digital ID Card, do so.

At the top of the page, click Create. From here on, it is a 3-step process: 1. Upload, 2. Comment 3. Share.

Click Upload:

If the image or file you would like to use is on your computer, select My Computer and browse to its location. Or you can import pictures from a variety of places, including Facebook, Flickr, or The New York Public Library, or link to a URL (picture URL ending in .jpg or .gif for example). If your computer or smartphone has a camera, you can take a picture by selecting My Webcam.

Note: If you have a PowerPoint or specific PowerPoint slides you would like to import, it is recommended that you first save the slides "as images" from the "Save as" option within PowerPoint, then upload them into VoiceThread.

You can upload multiple pictures, documents, PowerPoint slides or videos into a single VoiceThread from this Create page. Simply select Upload again to upload more media. Then you can drag and drop the thumbnails of the media to alter the order.

To delete a slide at any time, return to the Upload page, select the slide you wish to delete, and then select the trash can.

Later, if you want to go back and Upload more media, reorder the media, or delete media from an old VoiceThread, you will need to access this page again by clicking on the MyVoice tab at the top of the page.

Then select the menu option:

Then select Edit:

Note: By default, all CU VoiceThreads are set to private. Be sure to follow the next steps to Publish and then Share your VoiceThread.

Sharing your VoiceThread with your Course

Before others can view or comment on your VoiceThread, you need to open it up to the public. To do so, go to menu > Edit. At the bottom of the window, select Publishing Options.

From Publishing Options select, Allow anyone to View and Allow anyone to Comment and then Save.

Next, you will need to share your VoiceThread with your course. Click on your newly created VoiceThread and drag it onto the Course’s name on the left. Your VoiceThread will instantly be shared with everyone in that Course.

If you do not see your Course name under University of Colorado Boulder, your instructor may have enabled the VoiceThread Course View but your connection was never established. To establish the connection, go to your Course’s D2L page > Content and then click on the link to the VoiceThread Course View.

If your instructor is not using the VoiceThread Course View, get the link to share your VoiceThread by clicking menu > Share > Get a Linkand then email the link to your instructor or your classmates.

For Additional Information on Creating and Sharing VoiceThreads, visit the VoiceThread Instructor Guide.