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Welcome VoiceThread to the Training Services Portal!

Welcome VoiceThread to the Training Services Portal!


Learning Services is pleased to announce the release of a new training course developed by VoiceThread available to Essential, Standard, and Premium subscription institutions in Training Services Portal on July 31st, 2023.

VoiceThread humanizes learning by filling the social presence gap found in online courses. Their mission is to empower learners of all ages to communicate and collaborate more effectively and create an inclusive and accessible learning environment for all students. VoiceThread provides a platform for teachers and students to create, share, and discuss learning materials more engagingly and interactively. The platform also helps educators assess student learning more effectively and provide timely feedback. 

They have partnered with Instructure to create an engaging training course that can be accessed from the Training Services Portal. Institutions with Essential, Standard, or Premium subscriptions to the Training Services Portal will have access to this course. For information on accessing a partnership course in the portal, please see the Partnership Program Launch Blog post.

Course Description

VoiceThread’s course trains portal users on using the web-based platform that empowers teachers and students to use audio, webcam, or text to communicate around multimedia slideshows. VoiceThread is a fully accessible platform, making it a valuable tool for students with disabilities. Presentations can be captioned, and accessed by screen readers, and they automatically add alt-text with every document upload. VoiceThread presentations are secure and private; only those you share the presentation with can view your content. The course includes a series of Modules with written content, images, and videos. Upon completion of this course, a verifiable, digital badge is awarded so learners can showcase a credential as evidence of learning. 

This course provides in-depth information and use cases of this tool for those looking for a deeper application than what may be found in a guide. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Create VoiceThreads by uploading any type of slide content.
  • Record various comment types and use the Doodle Tool to annotate. 
  • Share their work in Canvas. 
  • Engage in VoiceThread discussions.
  • Create assignments connected to the Canvas grade book.
  • Utilize all accessibility features.



Learning Services is excited about this partnership with VoiceThread and hopes portal users find value in their training course. Share your comments about your experience with this course below with other Community users! 

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