1. How do I access Penn State VoiceThread?

To create VoiceThreads on voicethread.psu.edu, you must have a Penn State Access Account.

  1. Go to http://psu.voicethread.com (link will open in a new window).
  2. Click Sign-in.
  3. When prompted for a user name and password, enter your Penn State ID and password. If you have a VoiceThread.com account, you will be prompted to enter your VoiceThread.com password to upgrade your account and merge any threads you created on the .com site to the Penn State site.
  4. Your account has now been created. Click the Browse tab to view VoiceThread tutorials and VoiceThreads that other Penn State VoiceThread members have opened for other members to view.

2. How do I create course groups using VoiceThread and ANGEL?

Creating a group is one of the first things you will want to do. Only faculty and staff can create groups; students cannot. It will simplify sharing as well as organize the work that is being shared within a group. You can create as many groups as you like, but you should create at least one per course.

See Using Groups at http://voicethread.psu.edu/best-practice-using-groups/

Also see VoiceThread Help on Groups and Contacts at https://docs.voicethread.com/category/web-application/groups-and-contacts/?dialog

3. How do I export a VoiceThread?

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

Note: Currently, to Export a VoiceThread you will be returned to the older version before an export can take place.

For PSU accounts all users have unlimited export credits in the system.  Credits will be released to each user in increments of 5, however, each time the 5 credits have been used, another set of 5 credits will be released.

See VoiceThread Help at http://docs.voicethread.com/category/web-application/exports/

4. 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 Penn State user. You can share your thread with the Penn State VoiceThread community, too.

See VoiceThread Help at http://docs.voicethread.com/web-application/browse/publishing-your-own-voicethread/

5. Can I embed or link to a Penn State VoiceThread on another website so that anyone who visits that site can view the VoiceThread?

You cannot embed a Penn State VoiceThread so that it is 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 taken to a web page.

On this page, he or she will select whether or not he or she has a Penn State account. If no Penn State account is selected, he or she will be prompted to create a free VoiceThread.com account. If I have a PSU account is selected, he or she will create a Penn State VoiceThread account.
 Penn State VoiceThread accounts permit unlimited commenting. Free VoiceThread.com accounts permit up to 15 comments.

6. How do Import media from other services?

Media can be imported directly from Flickr, the Khan Academy, and the New York Public Library. You can also import directly from other VoiceThreads you’ve created or that have been shared with you. Images and videos from external services are Creative Commons licensed and can be used by any VoiceThread member. To access these libraries:

  1. Create or edit a VoiceThread.
  2. Click on the “Add Media” button.
  3. Select “Media Sources” from the menu.
  4. Click on the source from which you’d like to import media.
  5. Browse through or search these libraries to find the media you’d like to import.

7. Can you add a YouTube video into a VT? I get an error message if I try to add the URL as a slide.

No – The URL option cannot be used to import files from media-sharing links like YouTube.  These sites provide share links that do not point directly to the video file, so that media cannot be imported directly into a VoiceThread.

8. Is there a limit to phone-in comments for a thread?

There is no limit on phone commenting minutes. Just keep in mind that each phone comment is limited to 10 minutes total.

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