VoiceThread is a tool for creating interactive threaded discussions integrated into Blackboard Learn. It is also a simple option for recorded student presentations. You can think of VoiceThread as a conversation around a slideshow of media files. These media files can be PDFs (you can export your PowerPoint or Keynote presentations to PDFs very simply), images, video files, audio files, and more. And you can mix the media so your VoiceThread could include, six presentation slides, four images, a video, and two more presentation slides at the end. Once you have your media, you add your own comments in voice (using your computer’s microphone), video (using your computer’s webcam), or text (using the keyboard on your computer). See the VoiceThread handout for more general information. View Getting Around in a VoiceThread for a description of each icon and button as well as keyboard shortcuts for using VoiceThread.
**Please Note: We highly recommend using VoiceThread with Chrome or FireFox browsers to utilize all features correctly.
Using VoiceThread with any other browsers will prevent your ability to use key features including commenting.
|The type of assignment or activity you want to create in your course||What Instructors need to do||What students need to do|
|Create an announcement in your course.||Watch VoiceThread|
Create a narrated presentation (lectures).
(for continuous screen capture presentations, see Echo360)
|Create a discussion activity (Class Introductions)||Class Introduction Discussions|
|Assign students to comment on a presentation (this works well for Introductions and other discussion type activities)|
|Assign student to create a narrated presentation|
|Give students access to course VoiceThreads (to review or comment on peer work)||Create course view link|
Comment on VoiceThread (optional)
|Assign a group of students to create a narrated presentation|
Enter manual grade for all group members
A VoiceThread can be set up so that comments are moderated. When comment moderation is enabled comments are kept hidden and are only visible to the person who created the VoiceThread.
Scenarios where comment moderation can be very useful, include public VoiceThreads, office hours or consultations or for individual assessments/critiques.
|Allow commenters to add slides to an existing VoiceThread.|
For additional topics, visit the VoiceThread How-to page, and select "VT in your Learning Management System".