Creating opportunities for engaging interaction with course content is a big challenge for online courses. Luckily, there are any great tool to help along the way.
VoiceThread is the tool you’ve been looking for to
- allow students to comment on videos and presentations in real time
- still provide flexibility to make comments anytime, not just during a live class
- quickly create interactive content
- add gamification elements to your course
- easily integrate with Brightspace and your gradebook
VoiceThread allows you to put together a series of image slides or videos with your own comments and audio. Then students can watch and add comments and annotations of their own that will show up within the timeline to correspond to what they are commenting on. Comments can be in multiple formats such as image, audio, video, etc.
VoiceThread is integrated with Brightspace so it is easy to add to your course content, set up assignments, and grade submissions.
There is A LOT possible with this so I’ve gathered a few examples of how you might use VoiceThread in your own course.
Radiology case study
This VoiceThread allowed students to make comments and recommendations as they walked through a radiology real life scenario. To learn about project specifics, challenges, and tips, check out this page from VoiceThread.
Short story discussion
Students could add their own thoughts to the open ended questions for analyzing the short story “The Things They Carried”. VoiceThread also has the option to use threaded comments. If a student has already posted a comment, another student can reply and discuss. To learn about project specifics, challenges, and tips, check out this page from VoiceThread.
Simple doodle games
These simple game ideas can be used to test knowledge and comprehension instead of a quiz. If you have turned on comment moderation, you can view all the comments BEFORE allowing the other students to see them. The same slides can be used for everyone for a interactive quiz without giving away all the answers.
There are so many more examples and inspiration for creative ways to use VoiceThread in your class. Click the links below to explore more.