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Moodle 3.0, 3.2: Create a VoiceThread Presentation
Applies to: Moodle 2.8, 3.0, 3.2
You can create a new VoiceThread to use in your course from the Moodle Dashboard.
Creating a VoiceThread presentation from Moodle
- Go to Moodle and log in (moodle.umn.edu).
- Find the Help & Support block on your Moodle Dashboard (My Home in Moodle 2.6, 2.8).
- Click VoiceThread MyVoice. The VoiceThread page opens inside of Moodle.
- In the black VoiceThread creation box, click Create.
- Click the Add Media button and choose which type of source you would like to upload:
- My Computer: Upload a file from your computer.
- Media Sources: Add from your other VoiceThreads, Flickr, or Facebook.
- Webcam Photo:This allows you to take a still photograph using your webcam. Note that you may need to Allow Flash permissions here.
- Webcam Video: This allows you to take a video using your webcam. Note that you may need to Allow Flash permissions here.
- URL: Import media using a URL. Note that this only works if you have a direct link to the file (e.g., www.video.com/video_name.mp4). Links to media-sharing websites such as YouTube do not work unless you are the owner of the video.
- See VoiceThread Supported File Types for additional help.
- Once at least one file is uploaded, VoiceThread will bring up a box with options for titling your VoiceThread, selecting playback options, and creating cover art for your VoiceThread.
- Title your VoiceThread and add any desired Description.
- You can select Playback Options now when setting up your VoiceThread, or you can easily go back to these options later. These options include the following:
- Wait x seconds before turning the page (default is 4 seconds)
- Start playing when opened (automatically plays the VT when it's open; this is the default)
- Show fullscreen when opened (full screen mode; disabled by default)
- Allow others to download original images and documents (via right-clicking; comments are not included; this is disabled by default)
- Hide final share slide (disabled by default)
- Allow others to Export (allows others to export your VoiceThread; enabled by default)
- Allow others to make a copy (disabled by default)
- Click Save. The screen will go back to the black VoiceThread creation box embedded in Moodle.
- Use the buttons in the VoiceThread creation box to add more slides or media, comment or share.
Note: VoiceThread will save your progress as you do work on your VoiceThreads, so there is no need to remember to click a save button.
- You can edit individual slides within the VoiceThread as well as edit the title and playback options for the overall VoiceThread you are creating using the different editing icons shown below.
- More options for Playback Settings, Copying or Deleting the VoiceThread are found when clicking on the gear icon on the right side of the VoiceThread creator box.
- Click Dashboard in the upper left above VoiceThread to return to your Moodle Dashboard when you are done editing.
VoiceThread Slideshow Tips & Tricks
- High Resolution Images: Use 1280 x 960 pixels because a VoiceThread can zoom in and out on images and documents. Using a small picture will result in it being stretched (pixelated). This is especially important for full-screen playback.
- Large font size best: Use 18 point font or larger. Viewers should be able to read the text on the page without having to zoom in.
- Contrasting colors ensure that your text is readable by using a dark colored font on a white background or a white font on a gray background.
- Keep slides simple: Don’t try to put too much on one page; use a single word or sentence to start a conversation.
- Format your document for the thread: Use large margins to avoid losing text; work in landscape mode so it matches the VoiceThread layout in full-screen mode.
- Presentation Files (PowerPoint): Save these files as a PDF, then upload the slides in that format.
- Get Started with VoiceThread
- Link to a VoiceThread in your Course
- Make a VoiceThread Assignment
- Change VoiceThread Instant Notifications
- Participate in a VoiceThread
For additional support with videos, see VoiceThread in Moodle from VoiceThread.com.
For any other questions with VoiceThread, please visit VoiceThread’s Troubleshooting website.