Sign in jhu.voicethread.com

As of July 20, 2020:

This is the new login flow you will see

  1. Go to jhu.voicethread.com
  2. Click on Sign In (upper right corner)

    sign in upper right on jhu.voicethread.com

  3. You should now get the VoiceThread Sign In page

    Your current institution is: Johns Hopkins University
    Your current sign-in method is: Shibboleth

    new sign in screen

  4. Click on Sign in
  5. Enter your JHEDID@jh.edu / credentials
  6. You should be taken into our JHU Voicethread

VoiceThread Mobile (pre-v4.0) Login

If you are using the Voicethread Mobile app (pre-v4.0) you need to change the default domain to our jhu.voicethread.com.

  1. On the Account page click on Settings
    Settings link on the account page.
  2. On App Settings Domain: jhu.voicethread.com (default)
    App Settings Domain screen set to voicethread.com
  3. change it to Domainjhu.voicethread.com
    Change domain to jhu.voicethread.com under app settings.
  4. Save
  5. THEN when you sign in on the Account page, it will use our JHU Enterprise Auth login page.

VoiceThread Mobile (v4.0 or later) Login

March 2020 – VoiceThread recently released new versions of their mobile app for iOS and Android

They simplified the login process for institutions.

Steps to Login to JHU’s VoiceThread

1. Select ‘Find My Institution

Select Find My Institution form the sign in page.
Find My Institution Screen

2. Find ‘Johns Hopkins‘ and select it (check mark)

Find and select Johns Hopkins University from the list.
Find and Select Johns Hopkins University

3. Select ‘Sign In

Select Sign In to log into VoiceThread.
Sign In button

4. You should see the prompt to enter your Johns Hopkins Enterprise (jhedid@jh.edu) account and password

Johns Hopkins Enterprise authentication screen.
JHU Sign In Screen

How to Create a Group in VoiceThread

Creating a Group in VoiceThread

Creating and using groups is a useful way to securely share VoiceThread presentations with other users. Instructors can create groups that can be easily accessed by members of a class. Once added to the group, students can create and share their own VoiceThread presentations as well as comment on presentations created by other members of the group.

  1. Once logged in to VoiceThread, click your account name/email address in the upper right-hand corner and select Groups & Contacts.
    Voicethread menu
  2. Any previously created groups or contacts will appear. Click the Add Group button to create a new group.
    Add Group button in Groups and Contacts
  3. Give the group a name and description (optional). Select a header image (optional). Click Create Group.
    Create new Group form
  4. Click the Group Sign-up Link button in the upper right corner.
    Group Sign-up Link button
  5. Copy the link and click Done to close the window. Paste the link into an email or website. Anyone who clicks the link will be automatically added to the group and will have access to any VoiceThread presentations added to the group.
    Group Sign-up Link
    Note: Users must have previously logged into VoiceThread with their JHED ID and password at http://jhu.voicethread.com to be successfully added to the group.
  6. From the Home page, you should now see the newly created group in the list of groups.
    List of VoiceThread groups

Adding Group Members Manually to a Group

Group members can be added to a group manually by dragging and dropping them from your contact list into the group.

  1. Once logged in to VoiceThread, click your account name/email address in the upper right-hand corner and select Groups & Contacts.
    Voicethread menu
  2. Click on My Contacts at the top of the list on the left to display all contacts.
    My Contacts
  3. Click on the name of a contact on the right and drag it to a group on the left.
    Drag a contact to a group
    Note: See Adding a Contact for more help adding contacts.
  4. You’ll see a confirmation message in the upper right corner confirming that the contact has been added to the group.
    Added to group confirmation message

Adding a Contact

  1. Once logged in to VoiceThread, click your account name/email address in the upper right-hand corner and select Groups & Contacts.
    Voicethread menu
  2. Click on My Contacts at the top of the list on the left, and then the blue Add Contact button on the right.
    Add Contact
  3. Fill in the contact’s information and click Save.
    New contact form
    Note: A contact must have previously logged into VoiceThread with their JHED ID and password at http://jhu.voicethread.com to be successfully added to the contact list.
  4. The new contact has been added.
    Contact added to My Contacts

Edit or Delete a Group

  1. Once logged in to VoiceThread, click your account name/email address in the upper right-hand corner and select Groups & Contacts.
  2. Select the group from the left-hand side and click the Overview link on the top right.
    Groups and Contacts
  3. From here you can edit the group name, description, or header. Click Save to save changes. Click Delete to delete the group.
    Group edit form

Getting Started and Creating VoiceThreads – Faculty and Student Guide

VoiceThread is web-based presentation software that allows users to create and share interactive multimedia slideshows. VoiceThread presentations are used to showcase audio, video, images, and documents while allowing users to comment on them in a variety of ways. The result is an ongoing, asynchronous, digital conversation that can be easily shared with individuals, groups, and/or embedded into different websites.

Logging In

Go to https://jhu.voicethread.com/ and log in with your JHED ID and password.

For more detailed instructions on how to sign in, see Sign in jhu.voicethread.com.

Displays the controls found within the VoiceThread site

Home (top left): Contains links to VoiceThreads that you have created and that you are subscribed to. Also displays any groups you’ve created or are a member of.
Browse (top left): Browse publicly available VoiceThreads
Create (top left): Create and edit your VoiceThreads
In the top right, you can toggle between list and tile views.
In the bottom left, you can find a link to customize your text and background colors.
In the bottom right, you can find a link to get help with VoiceThread.

Displays the controls found within a VoiceThread presentation

Identity icons on the left side indicate comments that have been left by viewers.
The Play/Pause button can be found in the bottom-left corner.
Click the Add Comment button to leave a comment.
In the bottom-right corner, you can navigate to the next or previous slide, or show all slides. You can also zoom in or out.

Setting Up your Microphone

If you intend to use the audio record feature, you will need a working microphone. Please see the following instructions to set up a microphone on your Mac or Windows.

Creating a VoiceThread

  1. Gather the materials that you will be using in your presentation (presentation files, images, videos, etc.).

    Tip: While you can use a PowerPoint file as your presentation, we have found that saving the presentation as a .pdf file before uploading to VoiceThread often works better.

  2. Once you have accessed VoiceThread, click the Create link in the top left.

    The Create link is in the top left corner

  3. In the center of the screen, click to expand the Add Media option menu:

    Add Media options menu

    My Computer: allows you to upload files from your computer (or you can drag and drop files right onto the screen).
    Media Sources: allows you to upload images or files stored in your own account with media sites such as Flickr.
    Webcam Photo: will use your webcam to take a photo and instantly add it to the slide.
    Webcam Video: allows you to record a video using your webcam.
    URL: allows you to enter the address of a particular file on the internet.

    Note: If uploading a video, .mov, .flv, and .mp4 files work best.

  4. When you have finished adding media to your presentation, click the Options link in the upper right corner and select Playback settings to edit/adjust the playback settings for your presentation. Click Update to save.

    Expand the Options menu to edit Playback Settings

    Displays playback settings

    Playback Settings:

    • Allow others to download original media
    • Allow others to export
    • Start playing when opened
    • Allow others to make a copy
    • Enable Comment Moderation
    • Automatically advance to the next slide after x seconds

Adding a Comment to a VoiceThread Presentation

  1. Add a comment to your VoiceThread presentation by clicking the Comment button (in the Create/Edit view).

    Create/Edit view of a VoiceThread - Comment button is in top left

    Alternatively, from the Home screen, you can click on your presentation to play it and comment from there:

    play or comment on presentation from home screen

  2. Several options for commenting will be visible at the bottom center of the slide. (Click the plus sign to expand the options if they are not visible.) Use the navigational buttons in the lower right to progress to the slide where you want to leave the comment.

    Displays commenting options

    Commenting options:

    • Add a typed comment
    • Record a comment using the telephone (currently not supported by our JHU license)
    • Record a comment using a microphone (60 minutes max)
    • Record a comment using a webcam (60 minutes max)
    • Upload a previously recorded audio comment (.wav or .mp3 files work best)
  3. When saved, the comment will appear as your identity icon, located along the left side of the VoiceThread. Any future comments made by others will be added the same way, with identity icons populating the left perimeter of the VoiceThread.

    When the VoiceThread is played, each slide will play through/display all comments before proceeding to the next slide.

    to the left of the VoiceThread will be identity icons, indicating a comment has been left. At the bottom of each slide is a green bar that corresponds to the length of the comment. Hover over it for a timestamp of the comment.

    Each comment also adds a timeline at the bottom of each slide (green bar), the length of which corresponds to the length of the comment. Hover over it for a timestamp of the comment.

Editing a VoiceThread

  1. From the Home screen, hover over the VoiceThread you would like to edit and click the Edit link in the option menu that appears:

    To edit a VoiceThread, click the Edit link in the option menu.

    Alternatively, from within the VoiceThread presentation itself, click the option menu in the upper left corner and select Edit.

    Within the VoiceThread presentation itself, click the option menu in the upper left corner and select Edit.

  2. Add additional media or comments, drag and drop to reorder slides, or hover over any slide to edit or delete.

    Add media, comments, reorder the slides, or over any slide to edit or delete.

  3. When finished editing, click Home to locate and play the VoiceThread to view changes.

Sharing a VoiceThread

  1. From the Home screen, hover over the VoiceThread you would like to share and click the Share link in the option menu that appears:

    To share a VoiceThread, click the Share link in the option menu.

    Alternatively, click the Share link from the top of the Create/Edit screen:

    Click the share link at the top of the Create/Edit screen.

    Or, from within the VoiceThread presentation itself, click the option menu in the upper left corner and select Share.

    Within the VoiceThread presentation itself, click the option menu in the upper left corner and select Share.

  2. To share with a group/class, select the group name from the list that appears on the Secure tab.

    Note: If your group/class does not appear in this list, you need to first create a group. See how to create a group.

    Select the groups from the list you want to share with.

  3. Once you’ve selected the group(s), use the permission icons on the right side to decide if group members can view, comment, and/or edit the VoiceThread.

    Select the Notify by email option if you want group members to receive an email letting them know that the VoiceThread is available to them.

    Click Share to share the VoiceThread.

    Click the share button to share the VoiceThread.

  4. You will get a success message when the group is successfully shared.

    Success message showing the VoiceThread was shared.

VoiceThread Known Issues

Authentication Issues

VoiceThread Account Verification

  • You get a screen stating “You already have a VoiceThread account under the email address email@jhu.edu.”

account verification

Note: the VoiceThread password is NOT your JHED password; you will need to reset the local password used by VoiceThread.

1. From the verification page, click on the link that says “Reset“. This will take you to the password-reset page.

2. Enter the email address to have the password-reset email sent.

Note: email must be deliverable.

3. Check your email; you should receive something like:

Reset your VoiceThread password email

Note: If you do not receive the email to reset password, check your SPAM/JUNK mail folder.

4. Follow the link to the VoiceThread – Password Reset screen and change your local password.

VoiceThread - Password Reset

5. Once you’ve changed the password, clear your Browser cookies and quit Browser windows.

6. Relaunch Browser, go back to the VoiceThread link again.

7. Enter the new local password on the Account Verification page.

If you have trouble merging accounts, please contact voicethread@jhu.edu and tell us the existing email and your new account.

Browser Issues

VoiceThread is supported in full in:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox

VoiceThreads can be opened and viewed, but audio and video cannot be recorded in the following browsers. As these browsers evolve to support HTML5, this may change.

  • Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Internet Explorer does not support HTML5 and therefore cannot be used with VoiceThread.

For the best possible experience, your web browser should be fully up to date, but at minimum no more than two versions behind.

Troubleshooting

Adding a VoiceThread Presentation to Blackboard

VoiceThread is web-based presentation software that allows users to create and share interactive multimedia slideshows. VoiceThread presentations are used to showcase audio, video, images, and documents while allowing users to comment on them in a variety of different ways.

It is now possible to use a tool to easily display VoiceThread presentations within Blackboard and share them with the class.

Making the VoiceThread Tool Available

  1. From the Control Panel in your course, choose Customization > Tool Availability.
    Control Panel, Customization, Tool Availability
  2. Scroll down the list of tools to find the VoiceThread entry and check the box to the far right.
    A table of tools. In the VoiceThread row, the Availability checkbox is in the last column.
  3. Click Submit.
    Submit button
    The VoiceThread tool should now be available in your course. To check this, go to any Content Area (i.e. Course Content) in your course and select the Tools dropdown at the top. You should now see VoiceThread as one of the options.
    Tools menu contains a VoiceThread link

Adding a VoiceThread to Blackboard

  1. Once inside your course, make sure Edit Mode (upper right corner) has been turned on.
    Edit Mode is on
  2. Navigate to the content area within your course where you want to add the VoiceThread link. In this case, we’ll select Course Content.
    Course Content link in the course menu
  3. Click Tools and select VoiceThread.
    The Tools drop down is above the content area
  4. Fill in a name and description, if desired.
    VoiceThread content item information
  5. Attach a file if desired. Note: This is not how you link to the VoiceThread. This option is for other files (.docx, .pdf, etc.) that may accompany the VoiceThread.
    VoiceThread content item attachments
  6. if you plan to make this link a VoiceThread Assignment, set Enable Grading to Yes. Otherwise, leave the Enable Grading option set to No.
    Enable Grading setting should be set to No
  7. Choose whether or not to allow users to view the link at this time, open it in a new window, and also track the number of views or not. Select date and time restrictions if desired. Click Submit.
    VoiceThread content item options
  8. The link will appear in your content area.
    A VoiceThread link in the Blackboard content area
  9. Click the link to connect it to VoiceThread.You now have a choice of what the link will do:
    • Course View will display all VoiceThreads that are shared with this course.
    • Individual VT will link to a single VoiceThread that has already been created.
    • VT Home will display the VoiceThread home page.
    • Assignment Builder creates a graded assignment for students to complete. You can require them to create a VoiceThread of their own to submit, to comment on a VoiceThread you’ve created, or simply to watch a VoiceThread start to finish. See Adding a VoiceThread Assignment to Blackboard (Video Demo)

    voicethread setup

  10. We’ll select the Individual VT option to link to a particular VoiceThread that has already been created.
  11. Next, select a VoiceThread from the list to share with the class.
    List of VoiceThreads in VoiceThread
  12. Click the Share with Class button.
    Share with Class button
  13. The VoiceThread is now shared with the class.
    VoiceThread shared with class confirmation message, with a link to View VoiceThread

 

For further resources, please refer to https://voicethread.com/howto/blackboard-2/

 

VoiceThread

What is VoiceThread?

VoiceThread is web-based presentation software that allows users to create and share interactive multimedia slideshows. VoiceThread presentations are used to showcase audio, video, images, and documents while allowing users to comment on them in a variety of different ways. The result is a digital conversation that can be easily shared with individuals, groups, and/or embedded into different websites, including Blackboard, the learning management system used here at Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins has licensed VoiceThread to gives us the following features:

  • authentication with our Johns Hopkins Enterprise Authentication
  • integration with Student Information Systems enrollments
  • integration with Blackboard
  • ‘Basic’ accounts for JHU affiliates
  • a certain number of ‘Pro’ accounts
  • ability to create Groups
  • ability to share securely
  • unlimited number of VoiceThreads
  • ability to upload audio files as comments
  • more storage capacity

More information:

Computer Requirements

  • Browser – must accept cookies
  • Microphone – optional, but highly suggested
  • Webcam – optional

Setting up your Microphone

If you intend to use the audio commenting feature, you will need a working microphone. To do this, we highly suggest you use a USB headset microphone. If you have ever participated in a LiveTalk or Adobe Connect session, the same mic can be used. You can also use the microphone that is built in to your computer. Please see the following linked instructions to set up a microphone on your Mac or PC.

Logging into VoiceThread

There are two main ways to access JHU’s VoiceThread

Note:

If you already have a free VoiceThread account outside of JHU, you may see a notification that you need to merge your old account into the new JHU account. Simply enter your email address to continue. You will then be directed to the VoiceThread home page, where you should see any VoiceThreads you previously created or subscribed to.

VoiceThread Account Verification

If you have previously logged into jhu.voicethread.com AND you have started using the VoiceThread tool within Blackboard, you may initially get prompted for VoiceThread Account Verification. See VoiceThread Known Issues.

Mobile app

Tutorials

Account Types

What’s the difference between Basic and Pro Accounts?

By default, anyone who can log into jhu.voicethread.com will get a Basic account. Instructors will want to get upgraded to a Pro account.

Basic Pro
Create Groups No Yes
Number of VoiceThreads 50 Unlimited
Upload audio files as comments Yes Yes
Slides per VoiceThread 500 500

How do I get a Pro account?

Instructors can contact voicethread@jhu.edu to request to have their VoiceThread accounts upgraded to Pro.