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VoiceThread

Introduction

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos, allowing users to navigate through the pages of a presentation and leave comments using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. A second challenge to the online learning environment identified by both faculty and students is course organization. VoiceThread is a mechanism for providing both course content and faculty-student engagement in one place.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to VoiceThread.

 

Instructions on How to Use VoiceThread

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to VoiceThread.

 

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use VoiceThread.

Demo: WhatÂ’'s a VoiceThread anyway?

Demo: How to make a VoiceThread

http://voicethread.com/?#c28Demo: All VoiceThread Tutorials (includes How to Share, Identities, Commenting, and many more videos)

Technical Requirements and Where to Access VoiceThread

No specific hardware or software is required to use VoiceThread. VoiceThread will work with any operating system and Internet browser.

 

Go to http://voicethread.com to access VoiceThread and create a site.

 

Picture of the VoiceThread name and logo.

Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

 

e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. This tool extends the multi-media capability of podcasts to include visuals. This tool would be particularly useful to have students record conversations about topics/visuals. These conversations could be graded like discussion posts and thus, would offer a potential alternative to written discussion posts.