VoiceThread: How to Use "New Assignments"

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As of June 30th, 2021, VoiceThread deployed an improvement upgrade to VoiceThread Assignments.  Below, are answers to common questions regarding the upgrade. 

What are New Assignments in VoiceThread?

VoiceThread overhauled VoiceThread assignments, and particularly how they work in Canvas through the External Tool integration. VoiceThread's interface and functionality has been improved by providing more control and easier navigation by instructors and course builders. 

What does the new interface look like? 

The new interface provides step-by-step on-screen instructions for setting up a VoiceThread assignment in Canvas. 

New Assignment interface

How do I work with New Assignments?

Just like before, adding a VoiceThread assignment in Canvas, is done through the External Tool. Access the External Tool either by adding it to a Module, or through the Assignment Submission Type.

External Tool in Module         External Tool Submission Type  

Once added, all the assignment settings and choices for connecting to a VoiceThread or having students create their own VoiceThread, are done though the New Assignment interface (shown in previous section). 

There are four main steps to using VoiceThread assignments. Each step includes several options and is explained in detail through the following tutorials:  

  1. Add a VoiceThread link to your course
  2. Configure your activity
  3. Wait for students to submit
  4. Grade student submissions

How can I get help with New Assignments?

VoiceThread has provided instructions, including screenshots and videos, for each step of the set up process. Access the VoiceThread tutorials here

New Assignments Tutorial

Access the Instructor Guide here. Please send students to the Student Guide for help completing and submitting VoiceThread assignments. 

For more information and other tutorials, see VoiceThread's YouTube channel. 


To report a problem or receive additional troubleshooting, please contact the Tech Desk


Article ID: 133674
Fri 6/25/21 11:46 AM
Tue 7/6/21 2:21 PM

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