Value of Voice: Using VoiceThread for Teaching and Learning

Do you sometimes feel that your written feedback is not as effective as the verbal feedback you give to your students? Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors (Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010). Sometimes written feedback can become white noise to students who often admit they don't read it. Students are able to detect nuance more effectively, understand content more thoroughly, and engage with the instructor at a more personal level through audio feedback than through written feedback. Audio feedback is an option that saves time, cuts through the ‘noise,’ and is preferred by students (Ice, Curtis, Phillips, and Wells, 2007). This is not to say that written feedback is not valued, but voice is particularly impactful in our text-based world.

Additonally, how often do you get to hear students talking to each other outside of class or in an online course? Giving students multiple modes for expressing themselves can increase the students' voice, interaction and engagement within the course.

VoiceThread is a web tool that allows you to humanize interactions in an online environment. VoiceThread transforms stale, text-based discussions and feedback by infusing your content and conversations with human presence, just as if the instructor and students were all sitting in the classroom together, but without scheduling a specific time to meet. VoiceThread adds a more personal element to the experience when utilizing the features of commenting via voice. By hearing and seeing the instructor and classmates during a VoiceThread, a familiarity develops that feeds deeper participation. Utilizing VoiceThreads can give you and your students a "voice."

Attend this workshop to find out how to create a more engaging and effective learning environment with the addition of VoiceThreads. Dr. Cary Caro (Business) uses VoiceThread and will share how he uses it in his courses.

VoiceThread Workshop Resources:

Workshop Recording

Workshop Slides

Sample VoiceThreads

Formative Assessments

Free eBook

  • Led by: Ms. Janice Florent (CAT+FD) and Dr. Cary Caro (Business)
  • Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
  • Time: 12:15 - 1:05 PM
  • Location: CAT+FD Teaching Lab, Library room 532A
  • Sponsor: CAT+FD
  • More info:

Note: This workshop is being presented in a "flipped" format. Please watch the Value of Voice: Using VoiceThread for Teaching and Learning video [7:13] before attending the workshop. Use this survey link for questions.

To register: RSVP to Lunch will be served.

Tags: VoiceThread, voice, flipped, inverted, eLearning
Format: hands-on
Event ID: 01467

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