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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
(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)
How do I set it up?
At present, only faculty Learning Designers can create VoiceThread links in your iLearn unit.
Contact Bec or Bev: firstname.lastname@example.org
More MQ Examples?
Check out the fruitful experiments and interactive applications by the Department of International Studies, Faculty of Arts:
(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‘