Loyola University Maryland

Office of Educational Technology

VoiceThread for Faculty - Quick Start Guide

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What is a VoiceThread?

A VoiceThread is an interactive, multimedia slideshow in which the creator posts the base slides and shares it with a group.  Members of this group then create Comments on the VoiceThread via typed text, video, or audio responses.  While the cloud application and company is called VoiceThread, the object created by a user is also a VoiceThread.

Creating an Account

Loyola has a site license that provides all faculty and staff with access to all VoiceThread subscriber features and benefits including integration with Moodle.  To create your VoiceThread account, it’s important to access VoiceThread through Moodle by clicking on a VoiceThread link created by the instructor within a Moodle course. Clicking on a VoiceThread link in a Moodle course automatically adds you to the VoiceThread group for the course.

For faculty who have never used VoiceThread before, get started one of 2 ways:

  • If you are part of a Moodle course (such as a workshop) where another instructor has shared a VoiceThread  through the integration link in the course, just click the link (will have one of the icons below, NOT a basic URL link) and your Loyola account will be automatically created.
  • You can also activate your VoiceThread account in one of your own Moodle courses.

See VoiceThread integration in action! Step by step instructions for video demo are below.


Note: Scroll to the bottom of this page for troubleshooting tips.

Add VoiceThread to your Course

Always use VoiceThread integration links, not standard URL links.

Step 1: Add the Activity
VoiceThread is integrated into your Moodle environment by your administrator, so you can simply follow the steps below to pull it into your course.

  1. Go to your course, and turn editing on.
  2. Click “Add an activity or resource”.
  3. Click on “External Tool” from the list on the left.
  4. Click “Add”.
  5. Name your VoiceThread activity.
  6. (Optional) If you want to add a VoiceThread logo to your link, click on “Show more” and enter either of the following:
    Icon URL: http://voicethread.com/resources/bullet.png
    Secure Icon URL: https://voicethread.com/resources/bullet.png
  7. Select “VoiceThread” from the External Tool Type menu (just below Name).
  8. Click “Save”.

Step 2: Configure the type of VoiceThread Link
After you have added VoiceThread to your course, you’ll need to decide what you want students to see when they click on that link. Start by clicking on the link you’ve just created. This will show you the VoiceThread Setup page, where you can select the option that best fits your needs. These options are detailed below.

Note: If you want VoiceThread integrated with your gradebook, you must use the Assignment Builder.

The VoiceThread Setup Page options for configuring the link

Course View:

Display the collection of VoiceThreads that have been shared with your course. Anything that has not yet been explicitly shared with your course will not appear here. This is a good option when you want students to find and comment on each other’s work or if you want to allow students to review all course materials prior to an exam.

Individual VT:

Display any VoiceThread that you have created. When students click on the link, they’ll see just this one VoiceThread. This option is the best way to create a VoiceThread discussion board or lecture. Students will not need to look through a collection of VoiceThreads to find the correct one; they will be taken straight to it.

VT Home:

Display all of a student’s VoiceThread content in a single view. This includes all VoiceThreads and all courses that belong to them. This option is useful if you want to create a simple portal into VoiceThread without directing students to any specific content.

Assignment Builder:

Instructors can create a VoiceThread Assignment with a Moodle Gradebook entry using the Assignment Builder configuration and enter grades easily from within the activity while reviewing student work. The types of Assignment Builder assignments are:

  • Watch a VoiceThread (students must watch entire VT for it to be marked completed)
  • Comment on a VoiceThread (can require 1 or more comments to your VoiceThread)
  • Create a VoiceThread (private submission to the instructor)

After you’ve selected the type of assignment, you’ll be walked through the steps to complete the setup process. You should include the assignment instructions in the description for your assignment.

When students click on the link for a graded assignment, they will see the assignment you’ve created. They can immediately create or select a VoiceThread to submit for the Create Assignment, record comments on your VoiceThread for the Comment Assignment, or watch the VoiceThread for the Watch Assignment. As soon as they click on the “Submit Assignment” button, you will be able to grade their work. Click here for the assignment submission guide for students.

When you’re ready to grade a VoiceThread assignment, simply return to your course and click on the VoiceThread link again. This will display the grader. Click on a student’s name on the right to see that student’s submission. You can click on each comment below his or her name individually to jump directly to it. Enter a grade on a percentage scale (0-100), and hit “Enter” on your keyboard. This grade will immediately be entered into your Moodle course gradebook. If you have students who have not yet submitted their assignments, click on the “Remind” button to send them an email reminder. Click “Remind all students” to send an email to everyone who has not yet submitted.

* Note: If you have set the assignment to be worth less than 100 points, still grade it on a scale of 0-100, and the score will be adjusted accordingly in your gradebook.