This guide for both students and instructors will outline the basics of interactive discussions through threaded commenting. Here are the steps:
- Create your photo identity.
- Start a comment thread.
- Choose a comment type.
This function requires that you have already created a VoiceThread. For instructions on how to do so, open the VoiceThread Quick Start Guide.
Create Your Photo Identity
To add a personal touch, add a photo identity to be associated with your comments. Open an existing VoiceThread, or create a new one, and then:
- Click Comment to open the first slide.
- Click your Name in the top right corner of the VoiceThread window.
- Hover over your identity and click Edit (Pencil).
- Click the Upload icon to upload a photo from your computer, or click the Camera to activate your camera and snap a shot.
- Click Save.
- Click Done.
VoiceThread allows for individual comments as well discussion threads which enable both students and instructors to reply to previous comments. Once a VoiceThread is opened to the correct slide, you may comment by doing the following:
- To start a new comment, click the Comment Bubble at the bottom of the slide.
- To start a comment thread, click on the ID of the commentator on the left side of the screen and click the Branching icon.
- To reply on a comment thread, click the Reply arrow.
- Select the type of comment you would like to leave using the Comment Fan.
- To get the most out of VoiceThread, Video Commenting is recommended to create a personal, face-to-face-like discussion.
Types of Comments
With the Comment Fan open, select one of the following to leave a comment. Note: For Voice and Video comments, a security prompt may appear. Click Allow.
- Text Comment – Type your comment into a textbox. Note: You may also use this function to paste a URL link.
- Phone Comment – Have VoiceThread call your phone to leave a voice comment. (Helpful when a computer microphone is unavailable.)
- Voice Comment – Use your computer microphone to record a comment.
- Video Comment – Use your computer microphone and camera to record a comment.
- Upload Comment – Upload an audio or video file to comment.