VoiceThread - Instructor Guide

Last Updated: 08/08/2018

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, you may choose to use VoiceThread through either Desire2Learn or Canvas. Regardless of which you use, we recommend integrating your 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/D2L Course

If you add a VoiceThread external tool link to your Canvas/D2L course, you and your students will be able to directly access VoiceThreads associated with your class through Canvas/D2L.

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.

For information on how to use VoiceThread with D2L, 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 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.

For more information about how to integrate VoiceThread with your Canvas course, please refer to VoiceThread’s Adding VoiceThread and Setting Up Your Voicethread Link documentation.

*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.

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 rename your D2L course or 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 D2L Guide or its 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 D2L or Canvas and you are copying course content from one D2L/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.