Instructor Guide

There are four simple steps to using VoiceThread in your courses:

  1. Adding VoiceThread to your course
  2. Setting up your VoiceThread link
  3. Waiting for students to submit work (if you've created a graded assignment)
  4. Grading student work (if you've created a graded assignment)

Adding VoiceThread to your course

VoiceThread is integrated into your Learning Management System (LMS) as an External Tool. Please find your LMS below for details about how to add VoiceThread to your course.


Blackboard

  1. Navigate to the "Content" area for your course.
  2. Click on the "Build Content" or "Tools" menu.
  3. Select "VoiceThread" from the menu.
  4. Give the link a title and description if you'd like.
    NOTE: The description cannot contain any line breaks or multiple paragraphs.
  5. If you will be creating a graded assignment, enable grading for this link in section 3 of the setup page.
  6. Submit.

Canvas

Non-graded activities

  1. Navigate to the "Modules" area of your course.
  2. Find the module to which you'd like to add VoiceThread, and click the "Add Content" button.
  3. Select "External Tool" from the menu.
  4. Select "VoiceThread" from the list of tools.
  5. Give your link a title if you'd like.
  6. Save.

Graded activities

  1. Navigate to the "Assignments" area of your course.
  2. Create a new assignment.
  3. Name the assignment and write a description if you choose.
  4. Under Submission Type, select "External Tool".
  5. Click on the text field below the External Tool URL.
  6. Select "VoiceThread" from the list.
  7. Save.

Moodle

  1. Go to your course, and turn editing on.
  2. Click "Add an activity or resource".
  3. Click on "External Tool" from the list on the left.
  4. Click "Add".
  5. Name your VoiceThread activity.
  6. Select "VoiceThread" from the External Tool Type menu.
  7. (optional) If you want to add a VoiceThread logo to your link, click on "Show more" and enter the following:
    • Icon URL: http://voicethread.com/resources/bullet.png
    • Secure Icon URL: https://voicethread.com/resources/bullet.png
  8. Click "Save".

Desire2Learn

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Open a discussion.
  3. Add a Quicklink.
  4. Select "External Tools" from your list of options.
  5. Click on "VoiceThread".
  6. Save.

Sakai

To add a VoiceThread activity to your lesson

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click on the "Lessons" button on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click "Add Content" at the top of the page.
  4. Select "Add External Tool" from the menu.
  5. Select "VoiceThread" from the list of tools.
  6. Give your activity a title.
  7. Save.
  8. Click the radio button next to the new activity you just created.
  9. Click "Use selected item".

To add VoiceThread to your course navigation panel on the left

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click on the "Site Info" button on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click "Edit Tools" at the top of the page.
  4. Check the box next to "VoiceThread".
  5. Click "Continue".
  6. Click "Finish".

ANGEL

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click "Add Content".
  3. Select "External Tool".
  4. Give the activity a title.
  5. For tool provider, select "VoiceThread".
  6. Check the box that says "Enable grading".
  7. Save changes.

Jenzabar

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click "Add a Learning Tool".
  3. Select "VoiceThread".
  4. Click "Activate this tool".

Haiku

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Click "+Add Content Block".
  3. Click the "Content and Assess" tab.
  4. Click "Activity".
  5. Click on "VoiceThread".
  6. Give the activity a title and description.
  7. Click "Save".
  8. Click "Publish".
  9. Customize the settings for your activity. If you choose to have the VoiceThread activity embedded in the page, make sure the frame height is large enough. We recommend a minimum of 600 pixels.
  10. Click "Finish".

Schoology

  1. Navigate to your course.
  2. Select the "Materials" tab from the left menu in the Course Profile.
  3. Click on the folder to which you'd like to add materials.
  4. Use the Add Materials dropdown menu at the top to select "Add File/Link/External Tool", then select "External Tool".
  5. Select "VoiceThread" as the tool provider.
  6. Enter a title for your link.
  7. Enable grading.
  8. Click "Submit".

Setting up your VoiceThread link

After you have added VoiceThread to your course, you'll need to decide what you want students to see when they click on that link. Start by clicking on the link you've just created and selecting the option you'd like to use.

Course View

Display the collection of VoiceThreads that have been shared with your course. Anything that has not yet been explicitly shared with your course will not appear here.

Individual VT

Display any VoiceThread that you have created. When students click on the link, they'll see only this one VoiceThread.

VT Home

Display all of a student's VoiceThread content in a single view. This includes all VoiceThreads and all courses that belong to them.

Assignment Builder

Create a graded assignment for students to complete. You can require them to create a VoiceThread of their own to submit, to comment on a VoiceThread you've created, or simply to watch a VoiceThread start to finish.

After you've selected the type of assignment you'd like to create, you'll be walked through the steps to complete the setup process. You can include a description for your assignment, select a VoiceThread you've created for the Comment or Watch Assignment, and even require a specific number of comments for the Comment Assignment.


Student Assignment Submission

When students click on the link for a graded assignment, they will see the assignment you've created. They can immediately create or select a VoiceThread to submit for the Create Assignment, record comments on your VoiceThread for the Comment Assignment, or watch the VoiceThread for the Watch Assignment. As soon as they click on the "Submit Assignment" button, you will be able to grade their work.


Grading student work

When you're ready to grade a VoiceThread assignment, simply return to your course and click on the VoiceThread link again. This will display the grader.

Click on a student's name on the right to see that student's submission. You can click on each comment below his or her name individually to jump directly to it. Enter a grade on a scale of 0-100, and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. This grade will immediately be entered into your LMS course gradebook.

* Note: If you have set the assignment to be worth less than 100 points, still grade it on a scale of 0-100, and the score will be adjusted accordingly in your gradebook.

If you have students who have not yet submitted their assignments, click on the "Remind" button to send them an email reminder.