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Non-graded assignments

Simply click on the VoiceThread link provided by your instructor. This will open VoiceThread and take you to the course content set up by your instructor.


See submitting a VoiceThread assignment in action!


Submitting a Create-A-VoiceThread Assignment

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.
  4. If you’ve already created the VoiceThread you wish to submit, select it from the list on the left, and then click “Submit Assignment” on the right.  Be sure to check the box to “share with class” if you want your classmates to see your submission.  You’re done!
    Continue if you haven’t yet created the VoiceThread you want to submit.
  5. Click on the “Create new VoiceThread” button at the top of the page.

  6. Click “Add Media” and add all of your slides to your VoiceThread. You can repeat this process as many times as you need.  Click here for more about creating a VoiceThread.
  7. You’ll see a pop-up window asking you to title your VoiceThread.  Give it a title, and use the other tabs in that window to adjust your playback settings and thumbnail image, as well.
  8. Click “Comment” at the top of the page.
  9. Record your comments.  Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread. Close the VoiceThread when you’re done.
  10. Click “Submit Assignment” at the top of the page, then confirm by clicking “Submit Assignment” again on the pop-up.
    Note: If you want to share your submission with your whole class, check the box for “and share with class” before submitting.  If you don’t check this box, your submission will only be shared with your instructor.
  11. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.

On your mobile device:

  1. Open the VoiceThread app.
  2. Tap on “Find my Institution.”
  3. Search for your institution by title or custom domain, and tap on it.
  4. Make sure Blackboard is selected as your sign-in method.
  5. Tap “Sign in.”
  6. Sign in to Blackboard.
  7. Navigate to your course.
  8. Tap on the VoiceThread link provided by your instructor. This will take you to the assignment.
  9. View the details for the assignment, and then tap on the arrow in the top-left corner to dismiss those instructions.
  10. If you’ve already created the VoiceThread you want to submit, tap on it in your list of VoiceThreads, and then tap “Submit” on the instructions that pop up. Tap “Share with class” if you want the rest of your class to see your submission. If you do not check this box, your submission will only be shared with your instructor.
  11. If you haven’t already created the VoiceThread you want to submit, tap on the “Create a new VoiceThread” button at the bottom of the screen.
  12. Upload any slides you want to include.
  13. Tap on the “Continue” button at the bottom of the screen to open the slides you have added.
  14. Record comments on your slides.
  15. Tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  16. Select “Assignment Details” from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.
  17. Tap “Submit.” Tap “Share with class” if you want the rest of your class to see your submission. If you do not check this box, your submission will only be shared with your instructor.
  18. If you need to get back to your LMS to access another assignment, tap on the menu icon the top-left corner of the screen and select “Blackboard.” (Note: The screenshot below reads “Back to LMS” where you will see “Blackboard”)

Note: It is very important that you click “Submit Assignment” in order for your instructor to grade your work.  If you forget to do this, you can always come back to the assignment page and submit later.  You will not need to redo your work.


Submitting a Commenting Assignment

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.  This will open your assignment.
  4. Review the information on the left to see how many comments are required.
  5. Record your comments on the VoiceThread. The VoiceThread you see on the assignment page is interactive, so you can participate right there. Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread.
    *Note that private comments will not count toward your total number of comments.
  6. Click “Submit Assignment” in the top-left corner of the page.
  7. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.

On your mobile device:

  1. Open the VoiceThread app.
  2. Tap on “Find my Institution.”
  3. Search for your institution by title or custom domain, and tap on it.
  4. Make sure Blackboard is selected as your sign-in method.
  5. Tap “Sign in.”
  6. Sign in to Blackboard.
  7. Navigate to your course.
  8. Tap on the VoiceThread link provided by your instructor. This will take you to the assignment.
  9. View the details for the assignment, and then tap on the arrow in the top-left corner to dismiss those instructions.
  10. Record the required number of comments comments on the slides in this VoiceThread.
  11. Once you’ve recorded the required number of comments, the “Submit” button will pop up automatically. If you need to pull it up manually, tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner, and select “Assignment Details” from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.
  12. Tap “Submit.”
  13. If you need to get back to your LMS to access another assignment, tap on the menu icon the top-left corner of the screen and select “Blackboard.” (Note: The screenshot below reads “Back to LMS” where you will see “Blackboard”)

Note: It is ***very important ***that you click “Submit Assignment” in step #6 above in order for your instructor to grade your work.  If you forget to do this, you can always come back to the assignment page and submit later.  You will not need to redo your work.


Submitting a Watching Assignment

On your computer:

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Click on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor.  This will open your assignment.
  4. Watch the VoiceThread on the right side of the page.  The VoiceThread you see on the assignment page is interactive, so you can participate right there.  Make sure to watch every single comment from start to finish.
  5. Click “Submit Assignment” in the top-left corner of the page.
  6. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.

On your mobile device:

  1. Open the VoiceThread app.
  2. Tap on “Find my Institution.”
  3. Search for your institution by title or custom domain, and tap on it.
  4. Make sure Blackboard is selected as your sign-in method.
  5. Tap “Sign in.”
  6. Sign in to Blackboard.
  7. Navigate to your course.
  8. Tap on the VoiceThread link provided by your instructor. This will take you to the assignment.
  9. View the details for the assignment, and then tap on the arrow in the top-left corner to dismiss those instructions.
  10. Watch all slides and comments on the VoiceThread in their entirety. You cannot skip any or scrub through them and still receive credit.
  11. After you’ve finished watching the VoiceThread, the “Submit” button will pop up automatically. If you need to pull it up manually, tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner, and select “Assignment Details” from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.
  12. Tap “Submit.”
  13. If you need to get back to your LMS to access another assignment, tap on the menu icon the top-left corner of the screen and select “Blackboard.” (Note: The screenshot below reads “Back to LMS” where you will see “Blackboard”)

Troubleshooting Tips

Error message reading any of the following:
The authentication failed; the signature on your request did not match the expected value.”
“Could not find Org for this launch.”
“Oh, buttons!  We are unable to find path.”
“Unsupported Signature Method”

Please contact your instructor and ask him or her to refer to the troubleshooting tips here.

Error message: “The authentication failed; the authentication is stale. Please try again.”

This is caused by a bug in Blackboard. If you click on the VoiceThread link in your course and see a “Launch” button, don’t click on it. Instead, try letting the page sit for a few seconds without clicking anything. You should be forwarded to VoiceThread automatically.

Instructors is unable to grade your work or you forgot to click “Submit Assignment” after doing your work.

You may have forgotten to click the “Submit Assignment” button after completing your work. You can simply go back into the assignment and click “Submit Assignment” at a later time. You will not need to re-do your work.

You’re not automatically signed in to VoiceThread when you click on a VT link

Make sure your web browser accepts third-party cookies.

When you click on a VT link, you see a page titled “VoiceThread Account Verification”.

This means you already had a VoiceThread account under your email address, and the system is now trying to connect that existing account with your Blackboard profile.  You’ll only need to complete this step once.  To proceed through this page:

  • Click on the link that says “Set it here” to set a verification password for your account.
  • Proceed through the steps to set a password.  This will involve receiving an email from VoiceThread.
  • Use that password you just set on the verification page.