|Title||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time|
|Service Issue Updated: O365 Team Video Feed||Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:09am|
|Service Restored: Classroom Capture - intermittent connection issues||Monday, April 19, 2021 - 8:10am||Monday, April 19, 2021 - 9:20am|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: https://bitbucket.colorado.edu/||Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:00pm||Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 5:00pm|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: COMP Data Center Firewalls (many services affected)||Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00am||Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:30am|
VoiceThread is a learning technology that lets students and instructors collaboratively create a slideshow with video, audio, and text input. VoiceThread can be accessed through Standard mode or Universal mode. Universal mode is recommended by VoiceThread for screen reader users, and can be accessed at voicethread.colorado.edu/u. VoiceThread is also available as an integration in Canvas.
VoiceThread is supported fully for the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. Learn more about VoiceThread browser requirements.
VoiceThread Standard is not accessible to screen reader users. VoiceThread Universal is largely operable by screen reader users, but has more limited functionality than Standard. The Canvas integration has not yet been tested for accessibility, but VoiceThread Universal is not currently available as part of the Canvas integration. See the Information for Instructors section for more information on how to support students who use screen readers with VoiceThread.
Statements on this page about the accessibility of VoiceThread are based on accessibility testing done in September 2017, and may no longer represent the current status of the software.
The following issues have been noted in VoiceThread when accessed with a screen reader:
If you have a student using assistive technology in a course in which you utilize VoiceThread, please familiarize yourself with the limitations listed above for the particular type of assistive technology they use. If you have a student using a screen reader in your course, for example, they may encounter trouble in adding voice comments. Please also review the “Information for Content Creators” section below for details on creating accessible video content in VoiceThread.
In particular, note that students using screen readers will not be able to share a VoiceThread they have created with you or other students. To work around this, instead of asking students to create their own VoiceThreads and share with others, just have students comment on or add slides to a VoiceThread that you create.
Furthermore, students using screen readers may be unable to use VoiceThread through the Canvas integration. To work around this, a student using a screen reader can click the VoiceThread link in Canvas just once to be added to the VoiceThread course. They won’t be able to actually use VoiceThread from Canvas, but by clicking the link, they are automatically added to the course group and can then access the VoiceThreads you share by navigating directly to the VoiceThread Universal site, choosing Go to my VoiceThreads, then In my groups, and then selecting your course name.
Follow general video accessibility guidelines in creating video content for VoiceThread, such as narrating any visuals that appear in your video. For example, don’t use vague language like “This over here indicates…”. Instead, describe what you are referencing, like “This graph shows increasing purchases over time, which indicates…”. Recommend these practices to your students if they leave video comments as well.
If you have a student with a captioning accommodation in your course, please contact the campus captioning service to discuss how to proceed with captioning your VoiceThread content.
To make the VoiceThreads you create accessible, consider adding closed captioning and describing the visual content of each slide. Below is a list of help articles that explain how to accomplish each task.
Please also reference OIT’s guidelines for creating accessible videos for additional recommendations.
OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services and we want to hear from you about this service. If you need assistance using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others, please contact the IT Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-735-4357.