About VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. At Indiana University, VoiceThread is an external tool that integrates into Canvas.

VoiceThread also has iOS and Android apps for accessing VoiceThreads in Canvas courses; for instructions, see How do I sign into VoiceThread mobile apps?

You can add VoiceThread to the same course multiple times. For example, if you want to link directly to three different VoiceThreads in your course, add three separate VoiceThread placements, one for each thread.

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Add VoiceThread to Canvas

Browser requirements

  • Chrome and Firefox are fully supported. Make sure you are using the latest version.
  • Microsoft Edge and Safari can be used to open and view VoiceThreads but currently cannot be used for recording audio or video. If these browsers implement support for HTML5 in the future, audio and video recording in VoiceThread may be possible.
  • Internet Explorer does not support HTML5 and therefore cannot be used with VoiceThread.

Add to a Canvas assignment

To create a graded assignment in VoiceThread, you'll need to create a Canvas assignment that uses an external tool as the submission type. To do so:

  1. Log into Canvas and navigate to your course.
  2. From the course navigation menu, click Assignments.
  3. To create a new assignment, select +Assignment.
  4. Name the assignment, and write a description or instructions if you wish.
  5. Under "Submission Type", select External Tool.
  6. Click in the text field below the external tool URL.
  7. From the list of external tools, select VoiceThread.
  8. To save your changes, click Update Assignment.

For instructions on setting up the activity you have planned, see Configure VoiceThread activities and assignments.

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Add to a Canvas module or course navigation

To add VoiceThread to a Canvas module, follow the instructions in How do I add an external tool as a module item? Be sure to select the tool named VoiceThread and, in the "Page Name" field, enter a descriptive name for your VoiceThread activity. For instructions on setting up the activity you have planned, see Configure VoiceThread activities and assignments.

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Get help

For more on setting up activities and assignments, see Configure VoiceThread activities and assignments.

For VoiceThread instructions, see VoiceThread Support.

For help with VoiceThread, contact VoiceThread support or your campus Support Center.

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

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Last modified on 2018-11-28 11:55:21.

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