VoiceThread Group Projects for Students

Hello Students! This page will help you create a Group Project using VoiceThread. Before you begin a group project, a Group Leader must be chosen. If your instructor has not done so already, nominate a Group Leader.

Then, the steps for the Group Leader and Group Members are as follows:

Group Leader

Step 1: Initiate Group Project

  1. Find and click the Group Project VoiceThread link in Blackboard.
  2. DO NOT click the Launch icon that appears. Wait for the link to launch automatically.
  3. Click the Menu Icon in the upper left corner.
  4. Click Go to VT Home.
  5. At the top of the VT Home Screen, click Create.

Step 2: Create a VoiceThread by Uploading One or More Slides

  1. Click Add Media
  2. Click My Computer and select a PowerPoint, or single PDF to upload as the first slide. Note: Before uploading a PowerPoint, you must save the PowerPoint as a PDF first.
  3. Name your Group Project.
  4. Click Save.

Step 3: Share the VoiceThead with Your Group Members

  1. Click Share.
  2. Find Your Course under the Groups tab and click the Members Arrow to open the list of classmates.
  3. Click the names of your group members to add them to the group.
  4. Click Edit to allow the group to contribute to the VoiceThread. The Edit Icon should be green.
  5. Click Share.

Now, to narrate your slides, close the Share Box and proceed to Step 6. When the group project is completed (all other group members have added and narrated their slides) proceed to Step 7.

showing the locations for step three. List numbers two through five all appear on the Share screen. Your course mates appear after clicking your course.

Group Members

Step 4: Open and Edit the Project

  1. Find and click the link to your Group Project in Blackboard.
  2. DO NOT click the Launch Icon. Wait for the link to launch automatically.
  3. Click the Menu Icon in the upper left corner.
  4. Click Go to VT Home.
  5. Hover over the VoiceThread initiated by the Group Leader and click the Edit Icon.
showing the locations for step four. Go to VT Home appears after menu icon is clicked.

Step 5: Add One or More Slides

  1. Click the large + next to your slides.
  2. Click My Computer and select a PowerPoint, or single PDF to upload as the first slide. Note: Before uploading a PowerPoint, you must save the PowerPoint as a PDF first.

Step 6: Narrate Your Slides

Click on the slide you wish to narrate first, then:

  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.

Group Leader

Step 7: Share the Project with the Entire Class

  1. Click the Menu Icon in the upper left corner.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Find and click Your Course under the Groups tab to add the entire course.
  4. Ensure the course is not allowed to Edit. The Edit Icon should be black, not green.
  5. Click Share.