Voice Tools Student: Troubleshooting Voice Tools Moodle ISU


Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment -- perfect for language learning and creating vocal exercises in any subject.  Voice Boards craft threaded voice discussions which provide a warm vocal component beyond traditional message boards.

Blackboard Collaborate requires Java to be installed on the user’s computer. This guide will explain how to install Java and how to deal with pop-up blockers.

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:

Student guides for Voice Tools:

Download Java (free download)

Click on the Java link to download the latest version to your computer. When installing, uncheck the selection for “Install Ask Toolbar and Google Chrome”.

Enabling Cookies and JavaScript in Firefox

Open or view the menu bar for Firefox.

  1. Click the triple bar icon located in the right hand corner of the page.

  1. Select Options.


  1. Once the Options window is open, Select the Privacy tab.

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  1. From the dropdown menu in the Privacy tab labeled “Firefox will:”, Select Use custom settings for history.

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  1. Check Accept cookies from sites.

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  1. Click OK to accept any changes.

Using the Pop-Up Blocker in Firefox

There are some functions in Moodle ISU that require that the pop-up blocker be turned off.

To open or view the menu bar for Firefox:

  1. Click the triple bar icon located in the right hand corner of the page.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select Content tab and Click “Exceptions”.

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Note: A pop-up screen will appear.

  1. In the Address of website field, Type “*.isu.edu” (without the quotations).
  2. Click the Allow button. The website will now be in the site menu/status area.


  1. Click Close. The pop-up screen will disappear.


  1. Click OK to save and close the Options window.


If you have any additional questions regarding Moodle ISU, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 282-HELP (4357) or your instructor.

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