When students click on the link for a graded assignment, they will see the assignment you’ve created. They can immediately create or select a VoiceThread to submit for the Create Assignment, record comments on your VoiceThread for the Comment Assignment, or watch the VoiceThread for the Watch Assignment. As soon as they click on the “Submit Assignment” button, you will be able to grade their work.


Adding VoiceThread to your course

VoiceThread is integrated into your Blackboard environment by your administrator, so you can simply follow the steps below to pull it into your course.

Classic Course

  1. Navigate to the “Content” area for your course.
  2. Click on the  “Tools” menu.
  3. Select “VoiceThread” from the menu.
  4. Give the link a title and description if you’d like.
    NOTE: The description cannot contain any line breaks or multiple paragraphs.
  5. If you will be creating a graded assignment, remember to enable grading.  This option is called “Enable Evaluation”.
  6. Submit.

What is VoiceThread?

VoiceThread is a web-based application that enables instructors and students to upload images, video, or documents and then record and add audio, video, or text comments. Comments create a timeline for each frame which becomes an engaging asynchronous conversation.

Why Use?

VoiceThread provides opportunities for learner interaction and collaboration.

Tutorials to Get Started!

VoiceThread Webinars:
Please see the VoiceThread Faculty Information Webinars page for up-to-date information regarding webinars regarding VoiceThread.


Other VoiceThread Resources:


When you’re ready to grade a VoiceThread assignment, simply return to your course and click on the VoiceThread link again. This will display the grader.


After you have added VoiceThread to your course, you’ll need to decide what you want students to see when they click on that link. Start by clicking on the link you’ve just created.  This will show you the VoiceThread Setup page, where you can select the option that best fits your needs. These options are detailed below.

Note: If you want VoiceThread integrated with your gradebook, you must use the Assignment Builder.


Course View

Display the collection of VoiceThreads that have been shared with your course. Anything that has not yet been explicitly shared with your course will not appear here.

This is a good option when you want students to find and comment on each other’s work or if you want to allow students to review all course materials prior to an exam.


Individual VT

Display any VoiceThread that you have created. When students click on the link, they’ll see just this one VoiceThread.

This option is the best way to create a VoiceThread discussion board or lecture. Students will not need to look through a collection of VoiceThreads to find the correct one; they will be taken straight to it.


VT Home

Display all of a student’s VoiceThread content in a single view. This includes all VoiceThreads and all courses that belong to them.

This option is useful if you want to create a simple portal into VoiceThread without directing students to any specific content.


Assignment Builder

Create a graded assignment for students to complete. You can require them to create a VoiceThread of their own to submit, to comment on a VoiceThread you’ve created, or simply to watch a VoiceThread start to finish.