VoiceThread is a tool for asynchronous audio, video, and textual communication. Instructors can create VoiceThreads by uploading content, such as word documents, videos, images, or presentations. They can then comment on and annotate the content for the students to see. Once posted, students can add video, audio, or text comments on the VoiceThreads. The replies can be threaded like a forum and moderated by the instructor.

  1. Add VoiceThread Tool to Course
  2. Configure the VoiceThread Tool
  3. Add Multiple VoiceThread Tools

For more information on the functionality of VoiceThread and for further resources, please visit the WTS VoiceThread page.

Add VoiceThread to a Site

  1. Select Site Info from the Tool Menu in the site.

    Go to Site Info
  2. Click Manage Tools in the top menu.

    Click Manage Tools
  3. Select the checkbox next to VoiceThread in the External Tools section and click the Continue button.

    Enable Plugins
  4. Click the Finish button.

    Click Finish

Configure VoiceThread

  1. After adding VoiceThread to your site, select VoiceThread from the Tool Menu in the site.

    Go to VoiceThread
  2. In the new window that opens, select the activity type. This will determine how the VoiceThread tool link functions in your site. For more information on these activity types, see VoiceThread's support page.

    • Assignment Builder (Create a graded assignment requiring students to create/comment on/watch a VoiceThread)
    • Individual VoiceThread (Display a single VoiceThread)
    • Course View (Display all the VoiceThreads shared with this course)
    • VT Home Page (Display all VoiceThreads and all courses a student is enrolled in)
    Click Manage Tools
  3. Proceed through the steps presented for your chosen activity type.

  4. The page will refresh to indicate it has been configured. Relaunch VoiceThread in your OWL site and it will load the view you selected in the previous step.

Create Multiple Instances of VoiceThread

Only once instance of the VoiceThread tool can exist in an OWL course site if added through ‘Manage Tools’. To work around this, multiple instances of VoiceThread can exist when added to a Lesson page.

  1. Navigate to the desired Lesson page and click Add Content.

    Click 'Add Content'
  2. Click Add External Tool at the bottom of the pop-up window.

    Click 'Add External Tool'
  3. Out of the list of tools that appear, pick VoiceThread.

    Click 'VoiceThread'
  4. Give your VoiceThread tool a name. This will appear as a text link on your Lesson page.

    Name the tool.
  5. The instance of VoiceThread should now appear on your Lesson page. This link acts in the same way as the Voice Thread tool in the side toolbar.

    VoiceThread now appears.
  6. Click the new VoiceThread link to set it up. You will have four options:

    • Assignment Builder 
    • Individual VoiceThread
    • Course View
    • VT Home Page

    For more information about what these options see VoiceThread's support page.

    Repeat this process.
  7. Repeat for as many instances of VoiceThread as you'd like.

    Repeat this process.