What is Happening?
Our VoiceThread site license will expire on May 30, 2019. Purdue University Northwest will be ending our license with VoiceThread and all university users accessing VoiceThread through PNW will no longer be able to access their university-provided VoiceThread account.
What are my Options?
Focus on the Learning, Not the Tool
VoiceThread was a tool that gathered learners around a piece of media, such as a slide or picture or document, and allowed them to asynchronously conduct a conversation about that piece of media.
Some instructors used VoiceThread
- as a means of enriching conversations or discussions
- to create narrated slideshows
- had students create their own VoiceThreads as a means of assessment or learning
First, take a few minutes to think deeply about your usage of VoiceThread. What was your intention for using it? What learning outcome did you want your learners to accomplish by using VoiceThread?
After you’ve discerned the answers to those questions, using the following suggestions for alternatives to using VoiceThread in your teaching.
Conduct a conversation using video, audio, images, and documents.
VoiceThread provided a space that allowed learners to conduct a discussion or conversation using their microphone and webcam. As an alternative, we recommend using a web-conferencing software such as WebEx.
WebEx allows you to share your presentation and annotate your presentation during you web-conference. Participants can choose to show their person or not, raise their hand to ask a question, or type in the chat box.
You can also record the presentation for students that are not present to view later.
Record a narrated series of slides or images, including a webcam view, inking, and interaction.
VoiceThread provided a space that allowed learners to build a series of slides, documents, or images and add their narration or annotation to those media pieces. As an alternative, we recommend using Kaltura Capture.
Kaltura Capture allows you to record your slides or screen, including a webcam view. It also allows you to annotate the screen and insert quiz questions. Students can interact with your video by leaving timestamped comments and replying to others within Kaltura. Your video quiz can be directly linked with your course to allow seamless grade transfer into your grade book.
I want to download my existing VoiceThread projects.
If you’ve created VoiceThreads on the account provided by the university’s site license, you can export them as MOV or MP4 format video files, which you can then download, store, and share as you wish.
To export your VoiceThread projects as video files in MOV or MP4 format, refer to the VoiceThread documentation for Exports.
- Overview of Exports
- Format of Exported VoiceThreads
- How to Export
- Viewing the Status of an Export
- Downloading an Exported VoiceThread
- Determining Whether You Can Export a VoiceThread
- Allowing Others to Export your VoiceThread
Once you’ve downloaded the exported VoiceThread video file, you can share it as desired. You may want to upload the file to Blackboard.
I Need to Speak with Someone
If you would like someone to reach out to you for more assistance, please contact the Office of Instructional Technology and we will get in touch with you within 2 business days.