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VoiceThread - Instructor Guide

Last Updated: 04/03/2017

Accessing VoiceThread

VoiceThread is supported in all major web browsers, although Firefox and Chrome are recommended. You must also have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed to use VoiceThread. 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, if you want to use VoiceThread for a class and you also use Desire2Learn, we recommend integrating your D2L 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 (create an unlimited number of VoiceThreads, with unlimited storage). Students at CU are eligible for Basic accounts (create up to 50 VoiceThreads and 2 GB of storage).

Option 2: Integrate VoiceThread with your D2L Course

If you add the VoiceThread Course View link to your D2L course, you and your students will be able to directly access VoiceThreads associated with your class through D2L. For more information, jump to Integrating VoiceThread with D2L

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 D2L

If you add the VoiceThread Course View link to your D2L course, you and your students will be able to directly access VoiceThreads associated with your class through D2L. This is especially helpful if you plan to use VoiceThread often, or you want to make it easy for you or your students to share VoiceThreads with the class. Accessing VoiceThread in this way will automatically create a group in VoiceThread corresponding to your course.

Enabling VoiceThread Course View

If you plan to use VoiceThread often, or if you want your students to create or share VoiceThreads with each other, we recommend that you add the VoiceThread Course View to Content in your D2L course homepage. For full instructions on how to add the Course View to D2L, see the Adding VoiceThread Course View to D2L tutorial.

When your students click the VoiceThread Course View link, they will be able to view and comment on any VoiceThreads you have shared with the course without signing in to VoiceThread.

*Note: Students will not appear in the course group in VoiceThread until they have clicked the VoiceThread Course View link in D2L at least once. Users are automatically added to your VoiceThread course the first time they click this link in your D2L 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 D2L course. This is the group that is integrated with your D2L course.

Renaming your VoiceThread Course Group

Simply change the name of your course in D2L and then click the VoiceThread Course View link you already added to your D2L course. This will cause the group name in VoiceThread to automatically update to the new name in D2L. You don’t need to add a new VoiceThread Course View link after renaming your D2L course.

Creating Multiple VoiceThread Links in D2L

You may want to add a link to VoiceThread in more than one place in your D2L course. For example, you might want to provide a VoiceThread link in a News post, or in a Discussions forum.

You can add the VoiceThread Course View link as many times as you want to the same D2L course. You just need to be sure you select the option External Learning Tools and then VoiceThread Course View whenever adding a new link. Multiple links created this way will be tied to the same course connection between D2L and VoiceThread

Linking to Individual VoiceThreads in D2L

The VoiceThread Course View link can also be used to link to a specific VoiceThread, rather than the actual course view. Simply repeat the steps in Adding VoiceThread Course View to D2L to create a new link, but on Step 3 choose Individual VT. The VoiceThread you select will be tied to that particular link.

It’s a good idea to rename this link from “VoiceThread Course View” to indicate the particular VoiceThread it links to. To do this in D2L, click the drop-down arrow next to the link and choose Edit Properties In-place, then click the link title to enter a new name.

More Information/Troubleshooting

Use the D2L tutorial from VoiceThread and scroll down to the bottom to view 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 the VoiceThread Course View link in D2L and you are copying course content from one D2L course to another, there is no need to delete or recreate this link in the new D2L course. You can simply copy the link over and then click it 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.