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How do I create a VoiceThread Assignment using Assignment Builder?

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Add the VoiceThread tool.

Add VoiceThread to the site either by adding the VoiceThread tool to the site Tool Menu or by adding a VoiceThread learning app link in Lessons.

Note:  If planning to use more than one VoiceThread Assignment, use the method of adding the VoiceThread learning app link in Lessons. Multiple instances of the VoiceThread tool cannot be added to the site tools menu.

Add VoiceThread to the site tools menu.

To add VoiceThread to the site tools menu, see How do I add VoiceThread to a Sakai site?  

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  1. Go to the Lessons tool (or Lessons page) that will feature the VoiceThread Assignment.
  2. Select Add Content.
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From the Add Content menu, select Add Learning App in the section Simple Content Items.

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Select the VoiceThread link from the list.

A Configure External Tool window will appear.

  1. Complete the required field for Tool Title by typing a name for the tool in the text field (you can type VoiceThread or another descriptor for your context, such as "VoiceThread Introductions" or "Chapter 3 Lecture," etc. ). This field can be modified in Lessons after the VoiceThread link is added.
  2. Enter the Button Text for the tool to appear in the tool menu
  3. Select Save to complete the addition of VoiceThread in Lessons.

Select the VoiceThread link just added to the Lessons page.

Set up Assignment Builder view.   

Activity Type

Select Assignment Builder to set up a VoiceThread Assignment.  

Configure VoiceThread Assignment type.

Assignment Builder

VoiceThread Assignment Builder has three (3) different assignment types to configure: Create, Comment, or Watch.

The Create assignment type requires students to create a VoiceThread. Sample contexts might include a presentation slide deck with narration, a multimodal journal, or a recorded technique demonstration.

The Comment assignment type requires students to comment on an existing VoiceThread that you upload. Sample contexts might include close reading exercises, such as commenting on a painting or political cartoon, responding to a reading prompt, or responding to a question.

The Watch assignment type requires students to view an existing VoiceThread of your choosing. Sample contexts might include viewing a lecture, viewing another student presentation, or viewing a gallery.  

The Reconnect Previous Assignment option allows to add a previously created assignment you created through the Assignment Builder.

Set up a Create Assignment.

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Select the Create option.

Select Continue.

Continue

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Continue.

Choose Create assignment options.

Use the checkboxes to select desired options for the Create assignment. Then, select Continue.

Tip: If you want students to view each other's VoiceThreads for the assignment, be sure to select the checkbox under Student Gallery.

Include Assignment instructions and information for students.

Assignment setup
Assignment Setup
  1. Type in an Assignment name.
  2. Type in Assignment instructions.
  3. (Optional) Include an Example URL of an existing VoiceThread for reference.
  4. Type in a submission message to the student (this appears after they complete a submission)
  5. Check the box next to Students Must Complete A Prior Assignment Before Starting This One to require a prerequisite (if applicable).
  6. Enter a Start Date.
  7. Enter a Due Date.
  8. Enter a Close Date.
  9. Check this box to Allow Students to Resubmit Assignment.
  10. Check this box to Allow Students to View Assignment After Submitting.
  11. Select the grading type for this assignment by choosing Percentage, Complete/Incomplete, or Points.
  12. Select Publish to apply Assignment information.

Set up a Comment assignment.

Comment assignment

Select the Comment option.

Select Continue.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Continue.

Select a VoiceThread to copy or create a new VoiceThread for the assignment.

The VoiceThreads that you can edit will appear in a view for you to copy and use for the Comment assignment. Alternatively, you can create a new VoiceThread to use for the assignment.

Select copy comment options.

If an existing VoiceThread is selected, specify which comments you will copy from the VoiceThread for the Comment assignment.  

  • All comments means any comment made on the existing VoiceThread will be copied over onto the comment assignment.
  • Only my comments means the only comments authored by you will be copied over onto the comment assignment.
  • No comments means no comments will be copied over onto the comment assignment.

Select Continue.

Scroll down and select Continue.

Edit slides as desired.

The following view will display all of the slides within the VoiceThread. Any undesired slide can be edited or deleted from the VoiceThread.

Select Continue to preview the edited VoiceThread.

Select Continue.

After previewing the VoiceThread, select options to configure VoiceThread assignment.

Assignment setup
Assignment Setup
  1. Type in an Assignment name.
  2. Type in Assignment instructions.
  3. (Optional) Include an Example URL of an existing VoiceThread for reference.
  4. Type in a submission message to the student (this appears after they complete a submission)
  5. Check the box next to Students Must Complete A Prior Assignment Before Starting This One to require a prerequisite (if applicable).
  6. Enter a Start Date.
  7. Enter a Due Date.
  8. Enter a Close Date.
  9. Check this box to Allow Students to Resubmit Assignment.
  10. Check this box to Allow Students to View Assignment After Submitting.
  11. Select the grading type for this assignment by choosing Percentage, Complete/Incomplete, or Points.
  12. Select Publish to apply Assignment information.

Set up a Watch assignment.

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Select the Watch option.

Select Continue.

Scroll down and select Continue.

Select VoiceThread for Watch assignment.

From the gallery of VoiceThreads you can edit, select a VoiceThread for Watch assignment.

Select options for Watch VoiceThread.

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Check boxes to configure options for the Watch assignment.

Select Continue.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Continue.

Reconnect Previous Assignment

Reconnect Previous Assignment

Select the Reconnect Previous Assignment option to connect a prior assignment created with VoiceThread Assignment Builder (if applicable).

Select the Assignment to Reconnect

Select Assignment

Choose the  previous assignment to connect.

Warning: If you are already using this assignment for another link in your course, that link will no longer work. Any grades you may have entered will need to be re-entered in this new gradebook column.

Select Publish

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Publish.

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