1. VoiceThread Docs
  2. VT in your Learning Management System
  3. Students
  4. Blackboard

Blackboard

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!
    Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 10.17.37 PMContinue 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.
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  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.
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  11. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.
  4. If you’ve already created the VoiceThread you want to submit, tap on that VoiceThread on the left, and then tap “Submit Assignment”. 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. Tap on the “Create VoiceThread” button at the top of the page.
  6. Tap on the + icon to add slides to your VoiceThread. You can repeat this process as many times as you need. Click here for more about creating a VoiceThread.
  7. Tap “Done” when you’re done adding your slides.
  8. Now you’re back on the submission page.  Select the VoiceThread you just created, and then tap “Submit Assignment”. 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.  You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.
  9. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of this page to go back to your course.

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.
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  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.
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  7. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.
  4. Review the information on the page to see how many comments are required. Once you’re ready to record, tap on the green “Record Comment” button.  This will open the VoiceThread.
  5. Record your comments on the VoiceThread. Click here for more about commenting on a VoiceThread.
  6. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the VoiceThread. This takes you back to the submission page.
  7. Tap “Submit Assignment”. You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.
  8. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the page to go back to your course.

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.
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  6. You’re done!  You can now navigate back to your Blackboard course.
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On your mobile device:

  1. Login to Blackboard in your mobile web browser.
  2. Navigate to your course.
  3. Tap on the VoiceThread assignment link provided by your instructor. This will open the VoiceThread app. If you are prompted to tap a blue button to “Open in the VoiceThread App”, tap that.
  4. Review the information on the page to see how many comments are required. Once you’re ready to record, tap on the green “Watch Comment” button.  This will open the VoiceThread.
  5. Watch all comments on the VoiceThread. Make sure you watch every single comment start to finish, including text comments.
  6. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the VoiceThread. This takes you back to the submission page.
  7. Tap “Submit Assignment”. You will see a green confirmation at the top of the screen when your submission is complete.
  8. Tap on the X in the top-right corner of the page to go back to your course.

Note: It is very important that you click “Submit Assignment” in step #5 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.


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.

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