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Canvas - How do I use Voicethread?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a substantial increase in price and unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a lower price, UWL will no longer be able to support our institutional license for VoiceThread. Our current contract is set to expire 7/26/21. Existing users in the system are being transferred to have a "free" VoiceThread account.

VoiceThread ( is a web-based application that allows conversations to occur around centrally placed media, such as video, audio, and images. 

How to add VoiceThread to your Canvas Course

  1. Log into Canvas and navigate to your course.
  2. Add a Module to your content by selecting + Module (then name module)
  3. Click the + button in the module you just created.
  4. Select “External Tool” from the “Add Item” drop-down.
  5. Scroll to find and click “UWL-VoiceThread
  6. Click “Add Item”
external tool voicethread location

Creating a VoiceThread Assignment in Canvas 

  1. Log into Canvas and navigate to your course.
  2. From the course navigation menu on the left, click Assignments.
  3. On the Assignments page, click the + Assignments button on the upper-right part of the page.
  4. Name the assignment. Create a description of the assignment and provide instructions. Set the number of points you want the assignment to be worth.
  5. The Display grades as setting must be set to Points, Percentage, or something else that involves a score. If it is set to Not Graded, the VoiceThread option will disappear. The number of points may be set to zero if this is not going to be graded.
  6. The Submission Type must be set to External Tool.
  7. Click the Find button in the Submission Type box. Then scroll down to VoiceThread, select it, and finally click the Select
  8. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  9. You will then be taken to a new page titled VoiceThread Setup.

    This provides four options: Course View, Home, Individual VT, and Assignment Builder. You may select the one you want and proceed through VoiceThread in setting up your assignment.
Check out this VoiceThread guide for more information on the Canvas integration.

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Keywords:assignment, external tool, module, video, audio, images, lti, integration   Doc ID:98627
Owner:Stephanie S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-03-10 14:38 CDTUpdated:2021-07-23 10:28 CDT
Sites:UW-La Crosse
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