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VoiceThread - Laulima Student Engagement Tool

VoiceThread - Laulima Student Engagement Tool

VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using a microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. VoiceThread is a cloud application, so there is no software to install. The only system requirement is an up-to-date version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Safari, Edge, and Explorer are NOT recommended.

VoiceThead is located under the Laulima's external tools options in the lessons menu. If you do not have this option and would like to utilize VoiceThread, contact Cindy Yamaguchi at

Desktop and Mobile Applications

Desktop Application - Cloud - Instructions

Mobile Application Instructions



Please review the software basics provided at the links below:

VoiceThread Webinar - Getting Started

VoiceThread Basics

New Assignment Tool

Using it in Laulima (our branding of the Sakai LMS)

Laulima will automatically enroll all your students into your VoiceThread course, eliminating the need to manually enter your students into two separate systems. Additionally, by utilizing VoiceThread’s quiz option, grades are directly entered into Laulima’s gradebook.

VoiceThread - Laulima Integration (Setup and Gradebook)

Instructor Guides

Student Guides

Lesson Examples

Real course examples:

VoiceThread Higher Education

Best Practices for Student Success

Start with a fun low-stakes activity early in the semester to introduce VoiceThread to your students. Provide studentʻs with VoiceThread ready-made tutorials like these:

  • How to Comment on a VoiceThread.
  • Creating a VoiceThread.
  • Making an Annotation (aka Doodling) on a VoiceThread.
  • Given that VoiceThread is a new tool, provide a description for your students explaining what VoiceThread is and how you will be using it in your course. Below is some generic text you are welcome to adapt:

    “VoiceThread is an online tool that allows us to converse with video, text, and/or voice in response to images, documents, and videos. In this course, we will use VoiceThread to [explain purpose]. You do not need to create personal VoiceThread accounts. When you click on the links in our Laulima course, you will be automatically logged in to a class VoiceThread. Please familiarize yourself with the tool prior to [add date]. You can access tutorials and support materials here: VoiceThread Support for Students. As always, please ask if you have questions.”


Accessibility Features (Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act)- Features

  • VoiceThread Universal (Screen Reader-Friendly Version of Your Site)
  • Automatic Caption Service (Closed Caption)
    • Every audio or video recording you create in VoiceThread will be captioned automatically. You don’t need to do anything at all to initiate the process. The moment you save your recording, the captioning process will begin. Captions should appear in 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the length of your recording.
  • Universal Design for Learning Tools for vision, hearing, ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia.

Download a copy of VoiceThread's Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

Updated 06/07/2022