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NDSU VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).


VoiceThread is a third-party tool connected to Blackboard and works like an online discussion board where participants can respond with video, audio, and text comments. Smartphones can also be used. Participants can upload, share, and discuss a variety of media such as documents, presentations, images, audio files, and more.

On June 30, 2024 VoiceThread made the biggest upgrade in its history and we are excited for everyone to use it. It is simpler, more accessible, and more powerful than ever before.

Help, consultation, training

IT Help Desk

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Coming Soon

Getting Started

  • Users will log into VoiceThread through Blackboard Learn Original and use their Bison Login username (jane.doe) and password. Contact the IT Help Desk for assistance. 

Best Practices

  • Have students complete 'low stake' VoiceThread task to learn and familiarize themselves with the tool.
  • Give clear instructions and utilize rubrics where applicable.
  • Set clear guidelines on discussions and comment posts
  • Provide an exemplary comment and reply
  • Promote student engagement with interactive multimedia discussions 

Learn More/How To's


Use Cases

  • Asynchronous discussions: VoiceThread allows students to have asynchronous discussions in different formats including text, audio, or video comments.
  • Presentations: VoiceThread enables students to create and share multimedia presentations with a variety of media formats, such as images, videos, and audio.
  • Group project: VoiceThread is an excellent tool for group projects, as it allows students to collaborate on multimedia presentations and discuss their work in a variety of formats.
  • Online courses: VoiceThread is a useful tool for creating engaging online courses as instructors can incorporate multimedia elements into their lessons and provide feedback to their students through audio or video comments.

Universal Design/Accessibility

  • VoiceThread believes universal accessibility means more than just a few guidelines in Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act. VoiceThread wants to make the software usable by all people.
  • Using VoiceThread Accessibility Features

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OwnerSharley K.GroupIT Knowledge Base
Created2020-08-18 17:08:18Updated2024-07-01 14:47:33
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