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Lectures and Presentations

A guide to Brandeis technology for online lectures and presentations.


What is Voice Thread?


Voice Thread is a collaborative online tool that integrates visual media, text, video, and voice into a presentation. You can pre-record your narration of images, documents, videos, and power point slides into one thread for students. You can enable video, audio, or text comments for asynchronous discussion with your class.   

There are three types of VoiceThread assignments

  1. Create: Require students to create a full VoiceThread with slides and recorded comments. Creating assignments are best for: 

    • Student presentations 

    • Group work

    • Submitting work to receive asynchronous verbal feedback from peers or the instructor 

  2. Comment: Require students to post comments on a VoiceThread created by the instructor. Commenting assignments are great for:  

    • Discussions about a topic 

    • Quizzes or comprehension checks

    • Speaking practice 

  3.  Watch: Require students to watch a VoiceThread created by the instructor. Watching assignments are helpful for: 

    • Recorded lectures 

    • Reviewing the syllabus 

    • Step-by-step instruction and training

To get started with VoiceThread please visit our guides:

For a general VoiceThread guide for faculty: VoiceThread Faculty Guide
For a detailed guide on how to set up an assignment in VoiceThread: VoiceThread Assignment Guide 
For a general guide for students: VoiceThread Student Guide 

If you have questions about how to set up VoiceThread in your course or would like to speak with someone on our team please reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning at or call us at 781-736-8322. 

Media Types

VoiceThread allows for multiple types of media to be uploaded as slides. There is a 3GB size limit for each file. You can include: 

  • Presentations (PPT, PPTX, OPD, and PDF) 
  • Documents (DOC, DOCX, PDF, ODT, XLS, XLSX, and ODS formats) 
  • Images (JPEG, GIF, PNG, HEIC, and BMP formats)
  • Websites (via link) 
  • Videos (most formats) 
  • Audio files (MP3 or WAV formats) 

VoiceThread also allows importing media from other services. You can share from the following sources: 

  • Other VoiceThreads 
  • Flickr 
  • Google Drive 
  • New York Public Library 

External Resources

Note: LATTE is a Moodle-based learning management system