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VoiceThread for Virtual Practice


This guide provides context and support for using VoiceThread for the presentation & assessment of ‘Virtual Practice'. A great use-case for WIL, as VT enables you to provide in-context feedback specific to points-in time within the VT submission.


VoiceThread allows us to create, share, and comment on images, PPT presentations, videos, audio, and documents using mics, webcam, text, phone, and audio file uploads.  See all of the great features and pedagogical alignments here to learn more about VoiceThread.

What is Virtual Practice VoiceThread (VT)?

A Virtual Practice VT may be for assessment or practice. For example, for students on ‘Clinical Practicums / Placements’, VT submission provides a quick easy way to demonstrate with live patients and/or colleagues in-situ. Instructors can provide immediate or post feedback, or an exemplar demo back using comments.

Check out this example VT used in presenting ‘head to toe’ medical exam training in a virtual environment (Clinical Practice).

Other Virtual WIL Strategies and Use-cases:

  • Check-ins ‘What have we learnt this week’
  • Assessed and non-assessed presentations (eg. work safety)
  • Assessed and non-assessed demos (skills and capabilities)
  • Tours of Workplaces, augmented with Comments
  • PebblePad - VTs can be easily embedded for reflection or assessment



New Voicethread Assignments enhancements were released 23rd Nov, 2020.  To see these enhancements visit the VoiceThread 'New Assignments' guide.


VT does not integrate with Academic Integrity Systems or RubricsWorkaround in placeSome Academics are doing rubric work using other cloud-based applications such as Microsoft excel/word etc. and providing a link to that students rubric as part of a ‘text comment’ in VoiceThread

Enabling Technology

Equipment & Browser compatibility

Video Cam (Your device/computer, USB Cam/Mic)

VoiceThread is supported fully by the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome. Learn more about VoiceThread browser requirements.


IMPORTANT- Always have your students access your VoiceThread links via Learning@Griffith to avoid user-account conflict.

Setting up for a Virtual Practice Use-cases

Basic set-up and guides can be found on ExLNT (Explore Learning and Teaching)

Type of VT / Virtual Practice Use-case

If you would like to present something on VT and have your Students comment or mark it up
> In this use-case, you are asking students to submit a 'submit a comment' Assignment.

If you want your students to create a VT, video and /or narrate practice for submission to you for comment against
> in this use-case, you are asking students to submit a 'create a Voicethread' Assignment

Your Responses to, or assessment of Video

If you have used video as your main VT content, students can still pause, doodle and comment just as they would on individual slides. If this is the type of assignment you have set, include this link as video support for your students.

Video Doodling (Commenting/Marking up)



Griffith Graduate Attributes

The use of VoiceThread may assist the attainment of the following Griffith Graduate Attributes:

  • Effecitve communicators and collaborators
  • Innovative, created and entrepreneurial


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The Griffith material on this web page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence does not extend to any underlying software, nor any non-Griffith images used under permission or commercial licence (as indicated). Materials linked to from this web page are subject to separate copyright conditions.

Conditions of Use

VoiceThread is an enterprise-level tool and free to use.

Preferred Citation

Learning Futures (2020). VoiceThread for Virtual Practice. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/7269/view