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Sharing a VoiceThread

When a VoiceThread is created, it is automatically shared with the users in that course. To use a previously-created VoiceThread in a new course section, instructors can share an individual VoiceThread within Content or share a VoiceThread with a new group in VoiceThread course view.

Share an Individual VoiceThread from a Previous Section

If a new course site will use a previously-created VoiceThread, that VoiceThread will not copy over if a course copy is completed. In order to share the old VoiceThread, it will need to be shared again within the course Content of the new class.

  1. Select the VoiceThread link.
  2. Select Individual VT.
  3. Select Create a new VoiceThread.
  4. A list of media options will appear. Select Copy from VoiceThread [A].
    menu to choose media for voicethread
  5. Locate the VoiceThread to be copied. Use the search bar or filters as needed.
  6. Select the VoiceThread.
  7. If the original VoiceThread had no comments, proceed to step 8. If the original VoiceThread did have comments, select Copy: No Comments and choose which comments to copy.

    Note: The option to include "All Comments” is not recommended as this will transfer over all comments from the previous class.

  8. Choose the slides to copy over by selecting Select all or selecting each slide individually.
  9. Select to Import the items.
  10. Enter a title for the VoiceThread [A].
  11. (Optional) Add more media [B].
  12. Select Continue [C].
    menu to customize voicethread
  13. (Optional) Add audio, video, or another kind of comment to the VoiceThread [A].
  14. When finished, select Publish [B].
    menu to add comments to voicethread

Share a VoiceThread in Course View

If a VoiceThread has been added to a course via Course View, then steps need to be taken share previously-created VoiceThreads with the course. 

  1. Hover over the VoiceThread presentation that should be shared with the class. 
  2. When options appear, select Share [A].
    VoiceThread Share Button
  3. The sharing settings options for the presentation will open. Select the Secure tab [A].
  4. Select Groups [B]. 
  5.  Select the class from the list of groups [C]. 
  6. Voicethread Share with Class Options Highlighted
  7. Select View, Comment, and Edit to customize the ways that users can interact with the VoiceThread [A]. 
  8. Select Share [B].
    VoiceThread Customize Share Settings
  9. A success message will appear.

Note: Although VoiceThread also provides links and embed codes for sharing presentations, it is recommended to share them with the class group instead. Users will not be logged in to their VoiceThread accounts automatically if they access a VoiceThread through a pasted link or when it is embedded in a page.


If a VoiceThread is part of a graded assignment, it cannot be associated with a grade item in D2L. Instead scores will need to be manually entered Grades. View Entering Grades for more information.