VoiceThread for Students

VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to share images, documents, video and audio files for community feedback.


VoiceThread is a web-based tool which allows users to compile a variety of media such as images, videos, audio clips, presentations, and documents, into a single space for discussions. With VoiceThread, conversations may take place synchronously or can happen asynchronously through contributed comments with microphone, text, webcam, telephone, or uploaded audio file.

At the University of Arizona, VoiceThread is integrated with the main Learning Management Systems (D2l, Blackboard, and Canvas). Users may choose to access the tool through their LMS course site (recommended for class use), or outside the LMS through the UA's VoiceThread site arizona.voicethread.com .

Getting Started

VoiceThread is a tool which enables conversations and media-sharing in a virtual space. With that in mind, we encourage you to think about the types of conversations and sharing you want to do. 

Accessing VoiceThread

VoiceThread is available for use in all University of Arizona courses through the LMS course site or through the UA's VoiceThread url arizona.voicethread.com with UA credentials.

To access VT, go to your course site and click on the VT external tools link or to Arizona's site (http://arizona.voicethread.com/) and log in with your UA credentials.

The Platform Basics

VoiceThread is a web-based application

and can be accessed through any major browser, from a mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. It requires no software downloads or installs, however for best results, users are encouraged to have the most updated version of Adobe Flash installed on their machines and have a decent internet connection for upload, download, and streaming.For Safari 10.0 users, please follow the steps here to enable Flash in your browser. 


VoiceThread organizes by groups

VoiceThread doesn't require, but does encourage user groupings. In VoiceThead, groups allow conversations to flow more freely and for content to be shared securely.

Some groups are automatically created, such as a class roster group from an LMS course site, With LMS Courses

If accessing VoiceThread from an LMS course site, VT will add all users going from a course site to a VT group specific to that course. For example, if I am using VT in my class, Online Learning 101, all of the students on the class roster will be members of the VT group Online Learning 101. This means any content I share with the group Online Learning 101, will be visible to every other student and the instructor of the class. 

Other groups must be manually created, such as sections within classes or groups outside an LMS class. To request a separate group, ask your course instructor or reach out to Katy Holt (kmholt@email.arizona.edu)


Voicethread values ownership

All VoiceThread content is owned by the individual who created it. An individual can determine by whom and when their content is accessed through sharing and with whom they engage in conversation through comment moderation.  VoiceThreads are private by default, and must be shared to be viewed by any other user or group.

In oder for your instructor or classmates you view your VoiceThread, you must choose to share it with them (more about sharing below).

Creating a VoiceThread

The best way to learn about VoiceThread is to try it out! To create a VoiceThread

  1. Go to to the VT platform (either through your LMS course site or the UA site http://arizona.voicethread.com/). This will take you to your VT Homepage
  2. From the top navigation bar, select the "Create" button
  3. Add any media of your choice
  4. Select playback and threaded commenting options
  5. Add your own comments to the media
  6. And once ready, Share your VT

Sharing a VoiceThread

Because of the value VoiceThread places on ownership of content, each VT must be shared before it is accessible by anyone other than the creator. VTs can be shared a handful of ways: 

Share with a group - only members of this group may access the content
Share with an individual - only individual may access content
Share with an open URL - anyone with the link may access the content
Unshare - revoke access to a VoiceThread



Campus Resources

The Disability Resources Center

Please work with the DRC learn about accessibility with Voicethread and VoiceThread Universal  


Katy Holt, Office of Digital Learning

520.247.2844   kmholt@email.arizona.edu