Voice Tools: Voice Presentations Moodle ISU


Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools facilitate and promote vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment -- perfect for language learning, and creating vocal exercises in any subject.  

Voice Presentations combine vocal and text-based commentary alongside a website or any other web-based content. This provides a resource to create a vocal slide-show, web tour, or review of any curricula across disciplines--including web pages, images, and internet-based media. Only instructors can create Voice Presentations, but students have the ability to add audio and text comments to a slide. Comments posted by a student are only seen by that student and the instructor.

Note: The files created using Voice tools are considered User Data and therefore CANNOT be backed up and restored into a new course.  If you would like to create a file that can be used in multiple courses/semesters, please contact ITRC.

Note: Many mobile devices do not run Java and therefore the Voice Tools applications will not be accessible on those devices. If you are unsure if your device will run Java you may need to check with the device manufacturer.

This guide will help you to:

Guides for the other Voice Tools:

Student Guides for Voice Tools:

Adding a Voice Presentation

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see the Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week /topic where you want to add the presentation.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link.  A box will appear showing you all activities and resources.
  4. Choose Voice Presentation and Click Add.

  1. In the Activity Name text box, Type the name of the new voice presentation.  
  2. In the Associated Voice Presentation dropdown menu, Choose a previously-created Voice Presentation (if you have one) or New Voice Presentation...  You will then be prompted to enter a title for the new Voice Presentation
  3. Add a calendar event: This feature is not currently enabled within Moodle.
  4. Common module settings: This section allows you to make the recording visible to students. By default, the item is visible to students once you save it and return to the course. If you wish to hide this item from students, from the drop-down menu choose Hide.
  5. Restrict Access: This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.
  1. When you have completed the necessary fields, Click either the Save and Return to Course button or the Save and Display button.

Creating a New Presentation Slide

  1. Click on the Voice Presentation Activity that you just created.

  1. A pop-up window will appear. Click Run to allow Collaborate to open. If this window does not appear you may need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. For instructions, please see Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers.
  2. In the top left corner of the Voice Presentation pop-up window, Click New.

  1. In the Subject text box, Type the name of this new slide.
  2. In the URL text box, Type or Paste the desired web address.
  3. Click Post to load the web page into the display window.

  1. Click Edit to reopen the Voice Recorder box.
  2. In the Voice Recorder box, Click on the Record button to begin recording your message.  Once you have started recording, the Pause ┃┃ and Stop buttons will illuminate.
  1. Pause ┃┃: Clicking this button will allow you to halt recording temporarily.  Clicking the Record button will allow you to add onto the existing file.
  2. Stop : Clicking this button will end the recording session.  You will not be able to add additional audio to the file once the Stop button has been clicked.  Clicking the Record button will prompt you to override the existing file.
  3. Click Play  to play back the recording.
  1. When you have finished recording your message for this particular slide, Click Post.
  2. Your new slide will appear in the top left corner.  The associated webpage will appear in the main portion of the screen.  
  1. Repeat steps 2-7 until you have created all of your slides.

Adding Text to a Message

Adding text is optional, but may provide helpful information (such as instructions or an assessment question for students) and will provide accommodation for those with hearing disabilities. To enter text to accompany your recording, click and type in the large text box at the bottom of the Compose window.

Editing Voice Presentation Slides

  1. To Edit a slide in your presentation:
  1. Click on the Voice Presentation Activity on your main course page that you want to edit. You will be asked to ‘Run’ the application.
  2. Click on the slide you wish to edit to select it.
  3. Click the Edit button. Note: you will be able to edit any text you have added to the slide. However, if you wish to edit the audio, you will need to override the original recording.
  1. To Delete a slide from your presentation:
  1. Click on the Voice Presentation Activity on your main course page that you want to edit. You will be asked to ‘Run’ the application.
  2. Click on the slide you wish to delete to select it.
  3. Click the Delete button.

Adding Comments to a Slide

Instructors and students can add comments to a slide. This allows students to give feedback on a slide or ask questions.

  1. Click on the Voice Presentation Activity on your main course page that you want to add a comment to. You will be asked to ‘Run’ the application.
  2. Click on the slide you wish to add a comment to in order to select it.
  3. Click the Comment button.

  1. Record a message by clicking the Record button or type a comment by clicking inside the Comment Box. (For step-by-step instructions on creating an audio recording, see Creating a New Presentation Slide above).

  1. Click Post. The comment will be threaded under the slide with the name of the person who made the comment. Note: Only the instructor and the student who posted the comment will see it - it does not become visible to all students.

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