VoiceThread - Instructor Guide

Last Updated: 08/02/2019

Accessing VoiceThread

VoiceThread is supported fully by the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. Learn more about VoiceThread browser requirements .

There are a few ways to access VoiceThread. If you’re new to VoiceThread, start by logging in directly to VoiceThread. After familiarizing yourself with the application, we recommend integrating your Canvas course with VoiceThread.

Option 1: Login to VoiceThread Directly

Go to the VoiceThread Login page and enter your Identikey username and password to access the VoiceThread application.

Currently, when you register for VoiceThread, you will automatically be enrolled into a Basic account. Instructors at CU are eligible to receive a free upgrade to a Pro account. To request an upgrade, first verify that you have an account at CU by logging in to VoiceThread, then fill out the Request a Pro Account form. All instructors at CU are eligible for Pro accounts (with unlimited VoiceThreads and the ability to create groups). Students at CU are eligible for Basic accounts (create up to 200 VoiceThreads).

Option 2: Integrate VoiceThread with your Canvas Course

If you add a VoiceThread external tool link to your Canvas course, you and your students will be able to directly access VoiceThreads associated with your class through Canvas.

VoiceThread can be accessed in Canvas by selecting the “External Tool” option when creating content. For more information, jump to Integrating VoiceThread with Canvas or refer to VoiceThread’s Canvas Documentation.

Option 3: Use the VoiceThread Mobile App

Learn how to download and sign into the app for Android and iOS using the VoiceThread Mobile App Instructions.

Integrating VoiceThread with Canvas

Integrating VoiceThread into your Canvas course will allow you and your students to directly access VoiceThreads associated with your class without leaving the Canvas platform. This makes it considerably easier for students to access and share VoiceThreads, especially if you use the tool often. You can also create graded VoiceThread assignments within Canvas

For more information about how to integrate VoiceThread with your Canvas course, please refer to VoiceThread's Canvas Integration guide.

*Note: Students will not appear in the course group in VoiceThread until they have clicked a VoiceThread external tool link in Canvas at least once. Users are automatically added to your VoiceThread course the first time they click this link in your Canvas course.

The next time you sign into VoiceThread, you can click the pull-out tab on the left to see a new group has been created with the same title as your Canvas course. This is the group that is integrated with your Canvas course.

Renaming your VoiceThread Course Group

Simply rename your Canvas course and then click the VoiceThread link you already added to your course.

More Information/Troubleshooting

For more information or assistance with your VoiceThread integration, please consult either Voicethread’s Canvas Guide and scroll down to the bottom for troubleshooting tips.

Reusing VoiceThreads Across Multiple Courses

Make a copy of any VoiceThreads you want to reuse across multiple courses or semesters. That way students from one course or semester won’t be commenting on the same VoiceThread as students from another course or semester. When copying, select the "Keep only my comments" option so that students' comments from the previous semester are deleted, but not yours.

If you use VoiceThread links in Canvas and you are copying course content from one Canvas course to another, there is no need to delete or recreate these links in the new course. You can simply copy the links over and then click any one of them in the new course to establish a new connection between that course and VoiceThread.

Additional Resources

For comprehensive guides on using VoiceThread, go to VoiceThread Support and click Web Application from the menu on the left.