Make a Podcast Using VoiceThread

One way to take advantage of VoiceThread is by making a Podcast, an audio file set to an image. This can be a welcome podcast created by students, an interview with a professional in the field, or a long, uninterrupted lecture.

The steps to do so are:

  1. Create and Configure a Podcast link using VoiceThread.
  2. Create a Podcast by Selecting Audio Recording.
  3. Record Your Podcast.
  4. Add an Image to Your Podcast.
  5. Share Your Podcast.

Step 1: Create and Configure a Podcast Link Using VoiceThread

Decide on a content area where you would like your VoiceThread to appear. For example: Weekly Sessions or Assignments. Then:

  1. Hover over Build Content.
  2. Click UMB VoiceThread.
  3. On the Create UMB VoiceThread screen, name your link.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Find and click on your VoiceThread in the content area menu.
  6. DO NOT click the Launch Icon that appears. Wait for the link to launch automatically.
  7. On the VoiceThread setup screen click Individual VoiceThread.
showing locations for step one. UMB VoiceThread is under the Build Content menu. Name and Submit are on the Create UMB VoiceThread page.

Step 2: Create a Podcast with VoiceThread

  1. In the upper left corner of the screen, click on Create new VoiceThread. Note: If you have already created VoiceThreads, they will appear below the Create new VoiceThread button.
  2. Click Add Media.
  3. Click Audio Recording.
showing locations for step two.

Step 3: Record Your Podcast

After selecting the Audio Recording option, a separate window will appear for recording your podcast. Note: A security prompt may appear. Click Allow.

  1. Wait for the countdown, then record audio using your computer microphone. Once finished, click the Stop Recording icon.
  2. The audio will automatically play back. If you are satisfied, click Save. If not, click Cancel.
  3. Name the audio recording.
  4. Click Save.
showing the locations for step three. Both Title box and Save button are on the Thread Settings page.

Step 4: Add an Image to Your Podcast

  1. Click the Edit (Pencil) Icon in the corner of the slide thumbnail.
  2. Click Replace and select an image from your computer.
  3. Click Save.
showing the locations for step four. The Replace and Save buttons are on the same screen, which appears once the edit icon is clicked.

Step 5: Share Your Podcast


  1. To share your Podcast with your Blackboard course, click Share with class.
  2. To finalize the sharing, click Share with Class again.
  3. To return to your Blackboard course, click Return to course.

As with all VoiceThreads, other members of the class may comment on the podcast. For a complete guide, open the Student Commenting webpage.

showing the locations for step five.

Get Help

Questions? Contact us at or visit the VoiceThread Official Help Site.