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VoiceThread Use Cases

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Here are some ideas of how you can use VoiceThread in your course.

Give Feedback on Students’ Written Work

  • In Collab, add a new “external tool” link under Lessons and give it a meaningful title (for ex “Unit 1 Character Writing Practice”).  
  • Using the Assignment Builder, Select “Create a VoiceThread” as the assignment type. 
  • In the assignment directions, tell students to upload their work, title their VoiceThread, and submit it. (Note: multi-page work will automatically be made into multiple slides)
  • Recommended: when submitting, students should NOT click “share with class” as this will share their work and your feedback on said work.
  • Return to the assignment link to give individualized feedback and/or assign grades.
  • Here is a sample of feedback on a written document.

Create a Quiz in VoiceThread

If you’d like students to respond to a prompt (or series of prompts), create a VoiceThread, and use the assignment builder to require student comments (# is determined by the number of prompts in your quiz). 

Be sure to MODERATE the comments (in your options → playback settings). This way, each student will have to respond, but their comments will only be visible to you. 

Use VoiceThread to record asynchronous lectures

Overview of Process: Create a new VoiceThread, give it a title, upload your content, and add your comments. Share your VoiceThread. 

Use Comments (audio or video) to record what you would like to say about your slides.

  1. Recording audio or video comments one slide at a time can be helpful, because it’s easy to delete and re-record the short comments that would accompany each slide.
  2. Record a comment across multiple slides if you want to tie the content of one slide to the next (for example, to compare information on slide 1 to information on slide 2). 
  3. When you’re recording audio or video (not text) comments, you can also annotate with a pencil tool on the screen.

Using VoiceThread to annotate and discuss Zoom recordings

Overview of Process: Zoom recordings can be easily imported into VoiceThread in UVACollab sites via the “add media” tool. More information on the integration of Zoom and VoiceThread is available in this video.

Foster discussion in a VoiceThread

Overview of process: Create a new VoiceThread, give it a title, upload your content, and add your comments. Link it to Collab through the Assignment Builder, and set the minimum number of comments required. 

On your first slide, give the directions for your discussion activity. Outline expectations. 

Maximizing engagement: 

  • Consider posing a new discussion question on each slide, and allowing students to comment on the questions they are most interested in.
  • You might also consider putting students into smaller discussion groups (10 students) by creating multiple copies of the same slides.

Student Presentations via VoiceThread (group or individual)


Create a new “Create” assignment type via the Assignment Builder. Students must create a VT and upload their own content. They use the Comments feature to add audio and video comments (see also “Use VoiceThread to record asynchronous lectures”). They click “Submit Assignment” to turn in the presentation to you, or elect to ALSO share it with the whole class (note, comments that YOU make when giving feedback will also be visible to the class, so make expectations clear to students).


An option for group presentations is to have students go to “VoiceThread Home” and create a shared VT, and share it with your class (or with only you).

Using VoiceThread as an ePortfolio

Use the Assignment Builder to have students “Create a new VoiceThread”. Students will begin to build their portfolio, and submit it. 

You could have students submit at set times throughout the semester (for example, submit an update every two weeks, as well as a final version). To do this, create a new “Create a new VoiceThread” assignment link for each submission you’re requiring. Students will be able to edit and submit their original ePortfolio each time--they will not need to create a new portfolio each time. 

VoiceThread has webinars on this topic! Here is a recording of a recent webinar.


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