VoiceThread QuickStart Guide

This Quick Start Guide will get you up and running with VoiceThread in your Blackboard course.

These five steps will allow you to set up a VoiceThread in your course:

  1. Create and configure a VoiceThread link in your Blackboard course.
  2. Create a VoiceThread by adding an initial slide.
  3. Add more slides to your VoiceThread.
  4. Narrate VoiceThread by adding voice or video comments.
  5. Share VoiceThread in your Blackboard course.

Step 1: Create and Configure a VoiceThread Link

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
Image 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 VoiceThread

  1. Click 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 My Computer, and select a file to upload. Note: If uploading a PowerPoint presentation, be sure to save it as a PDF before uploading to VoiceThread.
  4. While your file is uploading, Name your VoiceThread and add an optional description.
  5. Click Save.
showing locations for step two. Both Title box and Save button are on the Thread Settings page.

Step 3: Add More Slides to Your VoiceThread

The initial image or PowerPoint PDF uploaded creates your VoiceThread, but you may always add more slides by doing the following:

  1. Click the Add Media icon.
  2. Click My Computer and select a new slide to add.
 showing the locations for step three.

Step 4: Narrate Your VoiceThread

  1. To begin the narration, click Comment.
  2. Click the Comment Bubble in the bottom center of the slide to open the Commenting Fan.
  3. Click either the Microphone Icon to leave an audio comment or the Video Icon to leave a video comment. Note: A security prompt may appear. Click Allow.
  4. During recording, you may use the Colored Pencil feature to annotate the slide while commenting. Click Fade to toggle whether the pencil “markings” stay or slowly fade from view.
  5. When you are done recording, click Stop Recording.
  6. The comment automatically begins playing back. If you are satisfied with your comment, click Save. If not, click Cancel to record a new comment.
  7. Click the Arrow in the lower right corner to advance to the next slide. Note: Start a new comment on each slide. Follow this process: Comment, Save, Advance to the next slide, repeat. Make sure to save before advancing to the next slide.
 showing the locations for step four. With a slide open, the Comment Fan appears after clicking the comment icon, and the colored pencils appear during recording.

Step 5: Share Your VoiceThread

  1. Click the X in the upper right corner to close your VoiceThread.
  2. To share your VoiceThread with your Blackboard course, click Share with class.
  3. To finalize the sharing, click Share with Class again.
  4. To return to your Blackboard course, click Return to course.

Now students may contribute to the discussion. For instructions on student participation, see the Student Comment Guide.

 showing the locations for step five.

Get Help

Questions? Contact us at elearning@umb.edu or visit the VoiceThread Official Help Site.