Set up VoiceThread Activity in Moodle
DO THIS FIRST
Try out VoiceThread on their website. Create an account (use your k=put e-mail address for easy access later), create some VoiceThreads, comment on a few public VoiceThreads -- play and experiment. When you're ready to add a VoiceThread activity to your Moodle course, follow the instructions below.
Adding VoiceThread to your Moodle course
You now (September 2014) have 4 options for how your VoiceThreads are displayed within your Moodle page:
- Course view (to display all of the VoiceThreads shared with your course)
- Share link (to display a single VoiceThread)
- MyVoice (just provides a link to the user's VoiceThread dashboard--students will land on their own MyVoice page)
- Assignment builder: allows you to set up a graded assignment for students to create, comment on, or view a VoiceThread.
The following steps explain how to set up a VoiceThread activity:
- From your course homepage, click Add resource or activity
- Select External tool
- Give the activity a name
- Select "External Tool Types" and choose the "VoiceThread" option.
- If you wish to distinguish VoiceThread from other activities, you can add a VT icon. In the Secure Icon URL field, enter: https://voicethread.com/resources/bullet.png
- Save changes.
From there, see these instructions on the VoiceThread site for details on these options: https://voicethread.com/support/howto/System_Integration/LTI/Instructor_Guide/#setup
At the end of a semester or year, instructors may decide that they no longer want to keep a VoiceThread course intact. Just click the "Disable" button at the bottom of the Course View to decommission that course. What will happen?
- The course will no longer appear on anyone's MyVoice page.
- The VoiceThread Course View for this course will not be accessible from your LMS.
- Any content that had been shared with the course will no longer be shared with the members unless it had been shared through another avenue, as well.
Disabling a course does not delete anyone's account or content. See course disabling in action here.