Configuring VoiceThread activities and assignments

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Configuring a VoiceThread activity

After you've added a VoiceThread link in your course (see Adding VoiceThread to Canvas), decide what you want students to see and do when they click that link. To configure the VoiceThread activity:

  1. Click the link you've just created. You'll see three or four options, similar to this:

    screenshot of voicethread setup box with four options

    Note:
    If you do not see all 4 options, click Open in a new tab. Your browser/screen may not be large enough to view VoiceThread Setup within Canvas.
  2. Select the option that is most appropriate for the activity you have planned. Note that once you make your choice, you cannot change it. If you make a mistake during setup, delete the link you just created and start over.

    Your students will be redirected to whatever choice you make:

    • Course View: This option takes your students to the main VoiceThread page for your course, where they will see all of the VoiceThreads that have been shared with that course. They will also be able to create VoiceThreads from this page.
    • VT Home: This option takes your students to their own MyVoice home pages, where they can see all of their own VoiceThreads and create new ones. VT Home is a good choice for an activity in which you are asking students to make their own VoiceThreads.
    • Individual VT: This option takes students directly to a specific VoiceThread. When you choose this option, you'll be prompted to select the VoiceThread you want to use. Individual VoiceThread is a good choice if you want students to view and/or comment on a specific VoiceThread.
    • Assignment Builder: This option takes students to a graded VoiceThread activity, the results of which will be sent back to the Canvas gradebook. If you choose this option, see Setting up a VoiceThread assignment below to complete the setup.
      Note:
      In Canvas, the Assignment Builder option only displays when you add VoiceThread to a Canvas assignment. For instructions on doing so, see Adding to a Canvas assignment.
  3. Add as many VoiceThread placements to your course as you like. Each time you add a placement, configure the activity as described in the steps above.

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Setting up a VoiceThread assignment

If you selected Assignment Builder on the VoiceThread Setup screen, select the type of assignment you wish to create from the following three options:

  • Create a VoiceThread: Requires students to create their own VoiceThreads and submit them for grading
  • Submit a Comment: Requires students to submit one or more comments on a VoiceThread that you have chosen
  • Watch a VoiceThread: Requires students to watch a VoiceThread of your choice from start to finish

After you've selected the type of assignment to create, you'll be taken through the setup process. Below the assignment description, you can select whether to allow students to resubmit the VoiceThread assignment, which allows students to make changes to the assignment as often as they like until its due date in Canvas. Note again that information you input (e.g., the description) cannot be edited once you have finished creating the assignment. If you need to edit this information, create a new assignment and delete the old copy.

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Grading a VoiceThread assignment

To grade a VoiceThread assignment:

  1. Navigate to your course, and then click the link to the VoiceThread assignment. This will display the grader:

    VoiceThread grader

  2. To see a student's submission, on the right, click that student's name. To jump directly to a student's comment, click the comment just below the student's name.
    Note:
    Students will only show up in the list under "Not Submitted" if they have accessed VoiceThread before. Once they have clicked the assignment, they will be added to your list of students.

    If you have students who have not yet submitted their assignments, you can click Remind to send an email reminder.

  3. Enter a percentage grade between 0 and 100, and then press Enter. The grade will be sent to the Canvas gradebook.

    The corresponding assignment can have any point value you wish to assign to it. The percentage from VoiceThread will be multiplied by the point value to produce the correct number of points in the gradebook.

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Last modified on 2017-09-21 13:34:46.

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