VoiceThread for Blackboard



As of Fall 2014 VoiceThread has a new and updated grade center integration and smoother updated user interface. 

Ways to use VoiceThread

  • Students Introduce Yourself
  • Discussion Boards using Graphics/Photos/Maps
  • Combined Course/Topic Discussions
  • Service Learning Projects
  • Lecture Presentations

Tools & Tutorials


Using VoiceThread in UAA Blackboard

Add a VoiceThread LINK to your Blackboard Course

To begin navigate to the Blackboard content area you would like to build your VoiceThread within:

  • Select > Build Content  
  • Select > VoiceThread UAA

Follow these "Create a VoiceThread" Options:

  1. Name the Assignment Link
  2. Enter Instructions in the Content Editor (NOTE: Do not enter multi-paragraph instructions in the BB content editor, this seems to break the embedded sign in links)
  3. Attach Documents (if needed)
  4. Enable Grading - YES
    1. Add points possible
    2. Make Visible to Students
    3. Enter Due Date
  5. Options (Select your choices)
    1. Permit Users to View Content
    2. Track # Views
    3. Select Date and Time Restrictions
  6. Submit

Create and Share a VoiceThread with your Course

Once you have created the VoiceThread link, select that new link and enter the VoiceThread interface. 

From within the VoiceThread User interface follow these instructions:

  1. Select > Course View
  2. Select > All My VoiceThreads
  3. Select > Create (Follow Create a VoiceThread Guide here)
    1. Make sure to set "Playback Options & Publishing Options here
  4. Once your VoiceThread is created and saved navigate back to the Course View
  5. Hover over the VoiceThread you are intending to share
  6. "Share with Course" will appear in upper left of icon
  7. Click ONE time "Shared" will appear in yellow
  8. Navigate back to Course, the new VoiceThread will appear.




VoiceThread & Accessibility

VoiceThread has worked to make their digital tool 508 compliant. They have a tool called VoiceThread Universal as an alternate way for users to view VoiceThread. If you are an instructor using VoiceThread in your online course environment you can share this Universal Tool for user accessibility.

Instructor Accessibility Resources 

Student Accessibility Instructions

Set Student View Universal Accessibility Preferences

  1. Click the VoiceThread Assignment Link
  2. Select the option "View VoiceThread in new window"
  3. Go to the LAST PAGE of the VoiceThread
  4. Select "+ Add to MyVoice Page" at the top right of information box
  5. Select the "Universal" option in the menu at the bottom of the page
  6. Select "Use VoiceThread Universal as my default site"
  7. Select Default Site: Change to "VoiceThread Universal"
    This should allow all VoiceThreads to show in the Universal view for the student from this point on.

Student access to review and submit assignments in the VoiceThread Universal view:

  1. Return to the original assignment link in Blackboard Select the Link
  2. Select the "View VoiceThread in separate window" to view the Assignment using the universal tools view.

To submit to the assignment

  1. Return to the Submit Assignment Window
  2. Use the Comment feature to complete the assignment, Save
  3. Select the blue Submit Assignment button to submit for grading

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