VoiceThread FAQ

VoiceThread

Transform media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

How do you use VoiceThread?

  • Step 1: Post documents, images, video clips
  • Step 2: Comment in writing, with voice, with video, with freehand drawing
  • Step 3: Invite others to view and add their comments

How do I access UNC VoiceThread?

  1. Go to unc.voicethread.com.
  2. Log in with your Onyen and password.
  3. If a terms of use agreement is displayed, read the agreement carefully and click Yes to accept the terms.

How do I share a VoiceThread?

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread.
  2. Click the “menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Click Publication options.
  5. Check “Allow anyone at UNC to view.” If you’d like to allow commenting, check that option, too.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Share.
  8. Click Get a Link, and click to copy the link and distribute to your audience.

If you and your students will be creating VoiceThreads to share with the class, you should create a VoiceThread group.

Once you create the group and students have joined, members can share their threads with the whole group: click MyVoice, find the thread to share, and click and drag it onto the group name. Now all members of the group can view and comment on it. If you’d like to give one or a few specific individuals access to a VoiceThread, follow these instructions:

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread.
  2. Click the “menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Note the My Contacts column. If the person is already listed in your contacts list, skip to step 6. If this person is a new contact, continue with step 5.
  5. Click Add+. Enter his or her official UNC email address (Found by searching the Campus Directory. Link will open in a new window) and his or her name. Click add.
  6. If you’d like for him or her to be able to:
  • only view, click the eye icon vt_view
  • add comments, click the comment icon vt_comment
  • edit, click the pencil icon vt_edit

7. Click Send Invite, and VoiceThread will send an email message with a link to the thread.

How do I give someone without an Onyen access to a UNC VoiceThread?

Individuals without Onyen accounts can be given access threads on UNC Voicethread, but you must “invite” them to each thread that you want them to access. When the invitee clicks the link to the thread included in the email invitation, he or she will be taken to a page with two buttons for signing into VoiceThread: one for those with Onyens and one for those without. Clicking the No button will prompt the person to sign in with or register for a free VoiceThread.com account.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Under My Contacts, click the Add+ button.
  5. Enter the individual’s email address and name, and then click add. An entry for him or her will now appear in your list of contacts. Mouse over the entry.
  6. If you’d like for him or her to be able to
  • only view, click the eye icon view icon
  • add comments, click the comment icon vt_comment
  • edit, click the pencil icon vt_edit

How do I view and comment on a VoiceThread?

How do I create a VoiceThread?

I've uploaded a PowerPoint or Word file, but the formatting and layout in Voicethread does not match the original.

VoiceThread is converting the fonts you used to other ones; however, VoiceThread doesn’t do this for PDFs and image files. Save your PowerPoint or Word file as a PDF, and upload that file.

How do I draw on VoiceThread?

While viewing or editing a VoiceThread, click the comment button, and choose either the microphone or webcam option. Move the cursor onto the slide. It changes from an arrow to a pen. White ink that gradually disappears after you’ve finished drawing or writing is the default setting. Select a different color using the color wheel on the lower right. Click the center button in the color wheel to keep the ink from disappearing.

Note: You cannot draw when leaving a text comment.

How do I edit a VoiceThread?

At any point after you’ve created a VoiceThread, you can edit it. You can delete or replace files, add other files, reorder slides, or edit the title and description.

You cannot edit an existing comment; however, you can delete it and create a new one.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Edit button, which opens the Create tab for that VoiceThread.

Note that if you have created a VoiceThread (or have permission to edit it), you can also access the menu (gear) vt_menu > Edit options while viewing the VoiceThread. They are available at the top left corner of the VoiceThread player.

How do I turn on comment moderation on a VoiceThread?

By default, comment moderation is off. Any comments made to a thread are posted immediately, and anyone who can access the VoiceThread will also be able to access the comments. Turning on comment moderation allows you to preview comments before deciding whether or not to make them viewable to others.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Click the Publishing Options button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click the checkbox next to Moderate Comments?, and click Save.
  6. You’ll notice that as a comment is playing, a curtain icon appears next to the commenter’s thumbnail photo/avatar. Click the curtain to make that comment viewable to others. The chronological order in which comments are made visible determines the sequence in which they appear in the VoiceThread.

Note that if you have created a VoiceThread (or have permission to edit it), you can also access the menu (gear) vt_menu –> Edit options while viewing the VoiceThread. They are available at the top left corner of the VoiceThread player.

How do I delete a VoiceThread?

Only the creator of a VoiceThread can delete it. If you delete a thread, you delete all materials in it, including comments. Once deleted, a thread cannot be recovered.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click Delete, and then confirm that you want to delete the thread.

How do I share a VoiceThread with a group?

  1. If you’re not already editing the VoiceThread you wish to share, click the MyVoice tab and locate that thread.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Under Groups, click New+.
  5. Enter a name for the group and, optionally, a description. Click Save.
  6. Click Copy the Link to copy the subscription web address to your computer’s clip board. Students will use this link to sign up for the group. You can share it with them either by pasting it into an email message or by posting it to your course web site.
  7. Under Groups, mouse over the group that you just created. If you want to the group to view the thread, but not comment on it, click the eye icon. If you want to group to be able to comment on the thread, click the comment icon.

You recopy the group’s subscription web address by clicking Edit and then Add Members.

If you already have people in your My Contacts list whom you want to add to a group, you can also drop and drag their records onto the group name.

How do I remove an individual from a group?

  1. Click the MyVoice tab, and click any the menu (gear) icon vt_menu for any thread.
  2. Click the Share button.
  3. Under Groups, scroll to locate the group.
  4. Under Contacts, scroll to locate the individual.
  5. Mouse over the individual’s record and click the x in the top-right corner.

How do I delete a group?

  1. Click the MyVoice tab, and click any the menu (gear) icon vt_menu for any thread.
  2. Click the Share button.
  3. Under Groups, scroll to locate the group you wish to delete.
  4. Mouse over that group, and click Edit.
  5. Click Delete Group and Save.
  6. Click Delete to confirm that the group should be deleted.

Only group owners can delete a group.

Deleting a group will not delete a) group members’ VoiceThread accounts or b) any VoiceThreads and comments that members have shared with the group.

How do I export a VoiceThread?

If you are the creator or editor of a VoiceThread, you can export it to a movie file.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to export.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Click the Export button at the bottom of the screen. A prompt displays, letting you know how many remaining export credits you have left. The University’s license with VoiceThread has paid for up to 30 export credits for each user. Click Export to confirm.
  5. As the next prompt indicates, you will receive an email message when the exported files are available, with a link to the download page. The thread is exported into two formats: “Full” (.mov) and “iPod” (.mp4).

How can I make a VoiceThread appear on the public Browse page?

When you log into VoiceThread, the threads that appear on the Browse page are those that have been made available to any UNC user. You can share your thread with the UNC VoiceThread community, too.

  1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread you’d like to share.
  2. Click the menu (gear) icon vt_menu
  3. Click the Share button.
  4. Click the Publishing Options button at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Check Allow Anyone to View and Show on Browse Page.
  6. Click Save.

Can I embed or link to a UNC Voicethread on another website so that anyone who visits that site can view the VoiceThread?

You cannot embed a UNC VoiceThread so that it is publicly available. However, you can post a link that will allow members of the public to join a group that has access to a particular VoiceThread:

  1. Follow the instructions for creating a group.
  2. Add the group’s link to your website.
  3. When a person clicks on that link, he or she will be prompted to select whether he or she has an Onyen account. If “no Onyen” is selected, he or she will be prompted to create a free VoiceThread.com account. If Onyen is selected, he or she will log in with (or first create) a UNC VoiceThread account.

Other UNC FAQs

View other VoiceThread FAQs: justfaqs.web.unc.edu/category/voicethread/

How-to and support from VoiceThread.com

View help documentation from VoiceThread: voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/

UNC VoiceThread Terms of Service

You do hereby agree to the following terms and conditions for use of the service:

  • You certify that the content complies with the University’s Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Authority to use content (including any music, graphics, or other elements):For all content owned by you, you hereby grant
    1. to VoiceThread to post the content on the VoiceThread System for use by authorized users, and
    2. to University to grant any rights to VoiceThread necessary to post content on the VoiceThread System for use by authorized users.

    For all content owned by someone else, you hereby represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, and hereby do grant, VoiceThread and University the right to post the content on the VoiceThread System or any similar University distribution channel and to make it available for use by third parties.

  • Provider will receive no compensation for posted content.
  • VoiceThread and the University retain the right to remove posted content for any reason, as they see fit.
  • The directory information that will be passed to and stored by VoiceThread is the user’s:
    • eduPersonPrincipalName (ePPN)
    • first name
    • last name
    • preferred email address
    • affiliation (faculty, staff, student, affiliate)
  • The specified directory information is necessary for the following reasons:
    • ePPN: To pair previously existing content (created during the pilot) to content that will be created in the production instance.
    • First name, last name: To assure that the instructors for courses using VoiceThread can confirm the identity of students using VoiceThread. The students may only be accessing the instructor’s content, or they may leave comments or create content as part of class work.
    • Preferred email address: To assure that correct contact information is stored for each user. Instructors may need the email for class work, or VoiceThread application administrators may need the information for application-specific reasons.
    • Affiliation: To enable application administrators to collect necessary data to evaluate the usefulness of the application when considering annual license renewal.