VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos to which other users can add voice, text, audio file or video comments – all asynchronously.

What can you do with it?

1. Learning Activity

(i) Set the tone: establish a learning community

Unit convenor / lecturers use VT to record video welcome messages and invite online / external students to post a video response (comment) introducing themselves and explaining why they are taking a unit / course.

(ii) Apply

Unit convenor / lecturer posts image / video (e.g. medical scans of a rotating human skeleton) and invites the students to label anatomy or pathology using VT’s annotation tool.

Screenshot of VoiceThread of an x-ray of a human hand

Example: X-ray image for students to label or discuss pathology

(iii) Analyse

Unit convenor / lecturer posts foreign language texts and invites students to use VT’s audio/video (comment) to recite text with correct pronunciation and identify examples of the weekly topic grammatical points.

(iv) Evaluate

Unit convenor / lecturer posts PDF of a weekly unit reading and invites students to use VT’s audio/video (comment) to summarise and evaluate the reading (criteria varies depending on discipline and purpose).

Screenshot of a VoiceThread of a painting with icons at left displaying text, audio and video comments from students

Example: Art (image) with text, audio and video comments curated (at left)

2. Assessment Task

(i) Basic: Create

Student uploads presentation slides (i.e. PowerPoint, rich/multimedia, etc.) and uses VT’s audio/video to record their presentation. The marker then provides feedback by making comments.

Screenshot of video annotated at a specific timestamp

Example: Video annotated at specific timestamp

(ii) Intermediate: Create and Evaluate

See (i) Basic (above) plus:

Peer review/marking enabled through peer comment (text, audio, video)

(iii) Advanced: Create, Evaluate, Analyse, Apply

See (i) and (ii) (above) plus:

– Students share their created VT’s with the class group

– Unit convenor / lecturer creates a separate VT link to the Course View so that all students can access all student submissions and make comments, including uploading additional media slides

How do I use it?

Watch the tutorial videos on the VoiceThread YouTube channel, including:

Access the VoiceThread training webinar recordings:

  • Basics 1 – upload, comment, share (49:54)
  • Basics 2 – groups and secure sharing (56:05)
  • Basics 3 – moderating comments, private and threaded replies and copying (43:41)
  • Advanced Skills (47:14)
Screenshot of a student video VoiceThread and accompanying multimodal comments

Example: Student Video and Comments (text, audio, video)

How do I set it up?

At present, only faculty Learning Designers can create VoiceThread links in your iLearn unit.

Contact Bec or Bev: fohs.lds@mq.edu.au

More MQ Examples?

Check out the fruitful experiments and interactive applications by the Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts:

(i) Visit the Faculty of Arts Toolbox iLearn unit

(ii) Click on the self-enrol button at the bottom of the list of convenors

(iii) Scroll down to Topic 12 ‘Communication and Collaboration’

(iv) Select the VoiceThread entitled ‘Copy of International Studies Presents – example uses from S1 2017


Posted by Beverley Miles

Beverley is a Senior Learning Designer in the Faculty of Business & Economics. She is passionate about students as partners, research-enriched teaching, widening participation, program design, blended learning, and non-traditional multimodal learning activities and assessment. Outside of campus, she can be found with her adorable furbaby, Jubes, running in the quiet dawn hours, drinking copious amounts of tea, and watching/reading the latest scifi offering.

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