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 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, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu.

Note: Many mobile devices do not run Java so 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:

Tip: Moodle’s Voice tools are not currently supported by Chrome browser.

Add Voice Presentations

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week /topic where you want to add the presentation.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource.  

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  1. Select Voice Presentation.
  2. Click Add.


  1. In the Activity Name text box, Type the name of the new voice presentation.  
  2. From the Associated Voice Presentation dropdown menu, Select a previously-created Voice Presentation (if you have one) or Select New Voice Presentation.
  1. You will then be prompted to enter a title for the new Voice Presentation.
  2. When finished, Click OK.


Common Module Settings

For more information, see Groups and Groupings.

Restrict Access

For more information, see Conditional Release.

Activity Completion

For more information, see Activity Completion.

To save:

  1. Click Save and return to course to be taken to the course homepage.
  2. Click Save and display to be taken to the activity.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the activity.


Create a New Presentation Slide

  1. Click the Voice Presentation activity that you just created.


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

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  1. 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.

  1. In the Voice Recorder box, Click the Record button to begin recording your message.
  1.  Once you have started recording, the Pause ┃┃ and Stop buttons will illuminate.
  2. Pause ┃┃: Clicking this button will allow you to halt recording temporarily.  
  1. Clicking the Record button will allow you to add onto the existing file.
  1. Stop : Clicking this button will end the recording session.  
  1. You will not be able to add additional audio to the file once the Stop button has been clicked.  
  2. Clicking the Record button will prompt you to override the existing file.
  1. 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.

Add 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:

  1. Click and type in the large white space beneath the Audio section of the Compose window.

Edit Voice Presentation Slides

  1. To edit a slide in your presentation:
  1. Click the Voice Presentation activity on your main course page that you want to edit.
  1. You will be asked to Run the application.
  1. Click the slide you wish to edit.
  2. Click Edit.


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 override the original recording.

  1. To delete a slide from your presentation:
  1. Click the Voice Presentation activity on your main course page that you want to edit.
  1. You will be asked to Run the application.
  1. Click the slide you wish to delete.
  2. Click Delete.


Add 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 the Voice Presentation activity on your main course page to which you want to add a comment.
  1. You will be asked to Run the application.
  1. Click the slide to which you wish to add a comment.
  2. Click Comment.


  1. Record a message by clicking the Record button or type a comment by clicking inside the Comment box.
  1. 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.

For more information, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu.

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