This video shows an example of the use of a tool called VoiceThread, with which presentations and group conversations are collected and shared in one place. The VoiceThread website says “A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).”
In this example, the instructor created a VoiceThread as an introduction to the week. The VoiceThread was embedded in his course website in Illinois Compass, where students viewed it. From there, they logged into their VoiceThread accounts and left comments using the method of their choice. The students in this course were studying abroad and taking this course online. Using audio and video to leave comments in VoiceThread adds a sense of instructor and student presence that is not always captured with text based discussions.
VoiceThread has also been used in other College of Business online courses – in two courses the instructors used it to create an “Introduce Yourself” exercise as an orientation to the course, the and students used it to present their group projects at the end of the course.