Instructor User Guide VoiceThreadCreate a VoiceThread: Uploading, Commenting and Sharing

Create a VoiceThread: Uploading, Commenting and Sharing

1. Click on Create to begin the uploading process

2. Click on “Add Media” to begin uploading your media

3. Select where you would like to import your media from.  You can choose to upload an image, a video or audio file, a document, a slideshow presentation, etc.  In the case of a slideshow presentation each slide will be uploaded as an individual image and none of the animations or transitions will be imported.

4. You will be asked to input a Title for your VT.  Inputting a description and tags can be useful but are not required.

5. Next click on the Playback Options tab. Here you can manage the settings for this particular VT.

  • “Enable threaded commenting” - will allow comments about the same topic to be grouped together so that they follow a more logical flow of conversation.
  • “Allow commenters to add slides to this VT” - allows commenters to insert additional slides to the original VT.  This is very useful when assigning group/collaborative work. NOTE: This option is enabled by default.
  • “Allow others to download the original media” - allows anyone who can view the VT to download the orginal version. NOTE: This option is enabled by default.
  • “Allow others to export” - allows viewers to export the VT. NOTE: This option is enabled by default.
  • “Start playing when opened” - uncheck this setting if you want viewers to begin playing when they are ready; otherwise it will begin playing automatically. NOTE: This option is enabled by default.
  • “Allow others to make a copy” - allows anyone who can view the VT to make a copy and keep it under their VT library.
  • “Enable Comment Moderation” - requires the owner of the VT to review and approve each comment made before the rest of the participants can view it themselves.
  • “Automatically advance to the next slide.” - here you can set how long each slide will be visible before advancing to the next slide.  
  • “Don’t allow commenters to delete their own comments” - disables the commenter’s ability to remove their own comments once they have been made.
  • “Limit each comment to . Minutes and .. Seconds” - you can impose a time limit for people’s comments.
  • “When recording, go to the next slide every ...minutes.seconds” - This setting allows you to pre-set a timing for a slideshow.
  • “Pecha Kucha format” - Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). Use this setting to set up this presentation in an easy manner.
  • “Ignite format” - In Ignite each speaker gets 5 minutes, and must use 20 slides with each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds, forcing speakers to get the point, fast. Having slides that automate seems mad, and in a way it is, but the surprise is that for most speakers it forces them to be far more concise and thoughtful than they would in any other format.
  • “Save as Default” - if you have preferred settings for your VTs you can automatically save them by checking off this box.  These settings will then be applied to all future VT creations.
  • “Allowed Comments Methods” - you can limit the format in which your commenters can leave their remarks by checking/unchecking any of the format checkboxes.

6. Once you are finished with your settings, click ‘Save’ in the lower right hand corner of the window.

7. At this point I have one piece of media in my VT.  I can then choose to add more media, comment on the media I have already uploaded or go ahead and Share the media.

   a) Adding media is done in the same manner as when you began creating your VT

   b) To add your own comments to the media click on “Comment”.

  • You are then able to add your comments in any format (text, recorded message via phone, microphone, video or file upload) to each piece of media (remember, if you’ve uploaded a slideshow, each slide is considered a separate piece of media and comments can be added to each separately).  Clicking on the plus sign at the bottom center of the media allows you to add your comments
  • Once you have made your comment it will appear on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Click on “Play” at the bottom left-hand of the screen to see your comment appear on the media.

8. To exit this view click on the “X” found in the upper right-hand side of the screen.