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Voicethread is only available at the School of Arts and Sciences. SAS faculty and staff interested in using Voicethread should email instructional-support@sas.upenn.edu.

What is Voicethread?

VoiceThread is an application designed for people to have discussions about shared digital media. The tool can be used both individually and collaboratively. VoiceThread allows users to combine images, video, text, and audio to enable multimedia conversations. Using the tool students can, among many things:

  • Collaborate asynchronously on class presentations.
  • Create a mixed-media portfolio of work.
  • Comment on peer work in a variety of ways (including text, audio, and video).
  • Collect and re-mix research for a range of audiences.

Voicethread is integrated into Canvas and provides an easy way for instructors and students to create, share, and provide feedback on a variety of audio, video, and text content. Each VoiceThread discussion consists of slides–just like a presentation–and each slide contains a piece of digital media, like an image, video, or document. These slides can be commented on by anyone with permission to access the VoiceThread discussion.

Users can share comments in many forms including audio, video, and writing. The tool also provides the option to “mark-up” digital media by highlighting and drawing on items in a shared slide.

Using Voicethread

For information about using the tool please consult the following information:

Last Updated: 14 Oct 2022