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VoiceThread FAQ

VoiceThread FAQ

For more help documentation visit: https://unc.voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/

How do I give someone without an Onyen access to a VoiceThread?

Individuals without Onyen accounts can be given access threads on UNC Voicethread, but you must "invite" them to each thread that you want them to access. When the invitee clicks link to the thread included in the email invitation, he or she will be taken to a page with two buttons for signing into VoiceThread: one for those with Onyens and one for those without. Clicking the No button will prompt the person to sign in with or register for a free VoiceThread.com account.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   3. Click the Share button.
   4. Under My Contacts, click the Add+ button.
   5. Enter the individual's email address and name, and then click add. An entry for him or her will now appear in your list of contacts. Mouse over the entry.
   6. If you'd like for him or her to be able to

      — add comments, click the comment icon comment icon
      — only view, click the eye icon view icon
      — edit, click the pencil icon edit icon

   7. Click Send Invite, and VoiceThread will send an email message with a link to the thread.

If you have created a VoiceThread (or have permission to edit it), you can also access the menu (gear) menu icon --> Edit options while viewing the VoiceThread. They are available at the top left corner of the VoiceThread player.

How do I view and comment on a VoiceThread?

View tutorial: http://unc.voicethread.com/share/409 (link will open in a new window).

I've uploaded a PowerPoint or Word file, but the formatting and layout in VoiceThread doesn't match the original.

VoiceThread is converting the fonts you used to other ones; however, VoiceThread doesn't do this for PDFs and image files. Save your PowerPoint or Word file as a PDF, and upload that file.

How do I draw on a VoiceThread?

While viewing or editing a VoiceThread, click the comment button, and choose either the microphone or webcam option. Move the cursor onto the slide. It changes from an arrow to a pen. White ink that gradually disappears after you've finished drawing or writing is the default setting. Select a different color using the color wheel on the lower right. Click the center button in the color wheel to keep the ink from disappearing.

Note: you can't draw when leaving a text comment.

How do I edit a VoiceThread?

At any point after you've created a VoiceThread, you can edit it. You can delete or replace files, add other files, reorder slides, or edit the title and description.

You cannot edit an existing comment; however, you can delete it and create a new one.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   3. Click the Edit button, which opens the Create tab for that VoiceThread.

Note that if you have created a VoiceThread (or have permission to edit it), you can also access the menu (gear) menu icon --> Edit options while viewing the VoiceThread. They are available at the top left corner of the VoiceThread player.

How do I turn on comment moderation?

By default, comment moderation is off: any comments made to a thread are posted immediately, and anyone who can access the VoiceThread will also be able to access the comments. Turning on comment moderation allows you to preview comments before deciding whether or not to make them viewable to others.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   3. Click the Share button.
   4. Click the Publishing Options button at the bottom of the page.    5. Click the checkbox next to Moderate Comments?, and click Save.    6. You'll notice that as a comment is playing, a curtain icon appears next to the commenter's thumbnail photo/avatar. Click the curtain to make that comment viewable to others. The chronological order in which comments are made visible determines the sequence in which they appear in the VoiceThread.

Note that if you have created a VoiceThread (or have permission to edit it), you can also access the menu (gear) menu icon --> Edit options while viewing the VoiceThread. They are available at the top left corner of the VoiceThread player.

How do I delete a VoiceThread?

Only the creator of a VoiceThread can delete it. If you delete a thread, you delete all materials in it, including comments. Once deleted, a thread cannot be recovered.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to edit.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   4. Click Delete, and then confirm that you want to delete the thread.

How do I export a VoiceThread?

If you are the creator or editor of a VoiceThread, you can export it to a movie file.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread to export.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   3. Click the Share button.
   4. Click the Export button at the bottom of the screen. A prompt displays, letting you know how many remaining export credits you have left. The University's license with VoiceThread has paid for up to 30 export credits for each user. Click Export to confirm.
   5.  As the next prompt indicates, you will receive an email message when the exported files are available, with a link to the download page. The thread is exported into two formats: "Full" (.mov) and "iPod" (.mp4).

How can I make my VoiceThread appear on the public Browse page?

When you log into VoiceThread, the threads that appear on the Browse page are those that have been made available to any UNC user. You can share your thread with the UNC VoiceThread community, too.

   1. Click the MyVoice tab and locate the thread you'd like to share.
   2. Click the menu (gear) icon menu icon
   3. Click the Share button.
   4. Click the Publishing Options button at the bottom of the screen.
   5. Check Allow Anyone to View and Show on Browse Page.
   6. Click Save.

Can I embed or link to a UNC Voicethread on another website so that anyone who visits that site can view the VoiceThread?

You can't embed a UNC VoiceThread so that it's publicly available. However, you can post a link that will allow members of the public to join a group that has access to a particular VoiceThread:

   1. Follow the instructions for creating a group.
   2. Add the group's link to your website.
   3. When a person clicks on that link, he or she will be prompted to select whether he or she has an Onyen account. If "no Onyen" is selected, he or she will be prompted to create a free VoiceThread.com account. If Onyen is selected, he or she will log in with (or first create) a UNC VoiceThread account.