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Blackboard Voice Tools for Students


The Recording / Playback Interface        1

Accessing Voice Tools        1

Voice Email        2

Voice Board        3

Voice Announcement        3

Voice Recorder        3

Voice Presentation        3

Troubleshooting        4

 Whenever making audio recordings for class purposes, always test the application to be sure it is functioning as you expect! Record 5 seconds, stop, and play it back BEFORE making your actual recording.


The Recording / Playback Interface


Each Voice Tool uses a similar interface for recording or playing back audio.  Here is what those bars and counters mean:

  1. Ticker: shows progress within the recording.
  2. Running Clock: shows duration of recording at this point in time.
  3. Maximum Recording Time: the most amount of time the recording can potentially be. This time limit will vary depending on the tool in use.
  4. Playback Volume: the control for how loud the recording will play when it is reviewed.
  5. Volume Reception/Production: the sound level of the message. Also, indicates that the microphone is working properly and that sound is being recorded.

        

Content Area Menu

To start, login to the Blackboard site for the course.  Voice Tools fall into two categories:

Voice Email  and Voice Board  are accessed via the Tools button in the Content Area Menu.

All other Voice Tools will be created by your instructor and placed under the appropriate Content Area of the course site. This includes:  Voice Announcement,   Voice Authoring, and Voice Presentation.

Voice Email

  1. Go to the Content Area menu.
  2. Click the Tools button.
  3. Click Voice Email.
  4. Select who the Voice Email will be sent to. You can look up your classmates’ email addresses by clicking Select users to whom you wish to send a Voice Email; also there is an option to send the email to all students, all instructors, or all people enrolled in the course.
  5. Record your message.
  6. Include a Subject and any Text necessary.  
  7. Click Send. The recipient(s) will get an email with a link. The link goes to a website to hear the Voice Email Recording.

Voice Board

  1. Go to the Content Area menu.
  2. Click on the Tools button.
  3. Click Voice Board.

Note: your instructor may have set up the Voice Board under another Content Area button.

Note: The rest of the Voice Tools are accessed using other Content Area buttons depending upon where your instructor has decided to put them.

Voice Announcement

Your instructor can create a Voice Announcement that will appear under the Announcements Content Area button for you to listen to.  This feature is very similar to Voice Email, except that Voice Announcements always appear under the Announcements button.

Voice Authoring

Your instructor may use a voice recorder to create a place for you to record your own voice, or he or she may use this to record a message or instructions for you about an assignment.  Like many of these tools, your instructor can put this message or a blank recorder anywhere in the site.  Your instructor might tell you, for example: “Please listen to the clip called ‘Conversation’ under ‘Assignments’ in our Blackboard site.  Come to class prepared to discuss the conversation.”

Voice Presentation

  1. Click New to start the first slide of your presentation.
  2. Add a Subject. This will be the title of this entry in the outline of the presentation.
  3. Add a URL (a web address) of a picture or video or other website that you want to talk about. This will incorporate whatever is at that address in the large area to the right, while the text below and audio can be played on the left.
  4. Start recording.
  5. Click Send to finalize your recording.
  6. You can edit or delete your recording by clicking “Edit” or “Delete” at the top of the page.

Remember, TEST any application before you attempt a finished product. Be sure it is working as you expect and make a 5 second sample recording. Play it back and make adjustments before creating the real materials!

  1. Ticker: shows progress within the recording.
  2. Running Clock: shows duration of recording at this point in time.
  3. Maximum Recording Time: the most amount of time the recording can potentially be. This time limit will vary depending on the tool in use.
  4. Playback Volume: the control for how loud the recording will play when it is reviewed.
  5. Volume Reception/Production: the sound level of the message. Also, indicates that the microphone is working properly and that sound is being recorded.

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