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Link Directly to a VoiceThread Presentation

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After you create a presentation in VoiceThread, you may be tempted to click the “Share” button and use the “Get a Link” option to obtain a URL to place directly into the Content of your D2L course. This works well, unless you would like your students to comment on slides. For students to comment, they would be prompted to sign in to VoiceThread, making it necessary for them to go to and create an account. Fortunately, there is an easier way that eliminates this step for your students.

After you have created your VoiceThread presentation, go to the Content area of your course and choose the module where you would like to add the link to your specific presentation. In this instance, we’ll put it in the description for a module.

In the spot where you’d like to place the link, position your cursor, then click the “QuickLink” icon in the textbox toolbar. It looks like a chain link:

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In the window that appears, choose External Learning Tools:

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In the next screen, click VoiceThread

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A link to VoiceThread will be created. After the link, you can add a small description

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Next, click UPDATE, and, after it saves, click on the VoiceThread link that was created. You’ll be taken to a black screen in a new window. Click Individual VT

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In the next screen, you’ll see a list on the left showing all VT presentations that you’ve created in your account. Click the one you’d like your students to view, then click Share with Class on the right:

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After you’ve shared, you can close the new window and return to D2L. Click Update once more on your D2L document.

Using this method, whenever your students click on the link you’ve created, they will be taken directly to the VT that you’ve specified, and will be able to comment without the need to sign in or create an account.

This method works anywhere where you have a text box with the “insert quicklink” option. You can also do this by using the Add Existing Activities button inside of a content module and choosing External Learning Tools:

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Written by SRU Ed Tech

July 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm

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