Voice Tools: Voice Boards 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 Boards are threaded voice-based discussion boards which can be used to provide a warm vocal component beyond traditional message boards.

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 the Voice Board Activity

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the Week/Topic block in which you wish to add the Voice Board and Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link.  Choose Voice Board and Click Add.

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  1. Type the activity name in the Activity Name text box.

  1. In the Associated Voice Board dropdown menu, Choose a previously-created Voice Board (if you have one) or New Voice Board...  You will then be prompted to enter a title for the new Voice Board.

  1. Click OK.
  2. 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 the Save and Display button.

Recording a Voice Board Message

  1. Navigate within your course to locate the Voice Board activity you wish to add an audio recording to. Click on the Voice Board activity.
  2. The Voice Tools applet window will open in a pop-up window. 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.

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  1. Click New.


  1.  Type a subject into the Subject box.
  2. When you are ready to start recording, Click the Record button in the Audio section of the window.  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.


  1. Click Play  to playback the recording.


  1. When you are ready to post the audio recording, click on the Post button.post.jpg

Adding Text to a Message

Typing a message 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.

Replying to a Message

  1. To reply to a message, click on the Message from the top half of the Voice Board, followed by the Reply button in the upper left-hand corner.reply.jpg
  2. A new window will open. The process for creating a reply is identical to that of a new thread; the only difference is that any text associated with the message to which you are replying appears inline in the large text field at the bottom of the message. You can leave this text for a reference, delete it, or overwrite it. For step-by-step instructions, refer to Recording a Voice Board Message above.
  3. Once the reply has been posted, it will be threaded under the original post.

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