Adding VoiceThread to your Canvas course

There are two ways to add VoiceThread to your Canvas course. The first, and what we usually recommend, is to add the VoiceThread links via adding an External Tool.  The second is adding an individual VoiceThread via a Share link (e.g., in a Page or a Discussions post). To add VoiceThread to your course, please follow the steps below.

Non-graded activities — Course View, VT Home, Individual VT

  1. Navigate to the Modules area of your course.
  2. Find the module to which you’d like to add VoiceThread, and select the + (plus sign) button.
  3. Select External Tool from the menu.
  4. Select VoiceThread from the list of tools.
  5. Give your link a title.
  6. Select Add Item.
  7. Select the link you just created to complete the setup process in VoiceThread.
  8. Choose either Course View, VT Home or Individual VT (See Fig. 1). Additional information about those options can be found here.
    3 voicthread options: individual, course view, vt home
    Figure 1: VoiceThread Setup
  9. If you chose Course View or VT Home, the task is complete. If you chose Individual VT, then you will select the VoiceThread from the list of options (See Fig. 2).
    image of two voicethreads

    Figure 2: Selecting an individual VoiceThread
  10. Once the VoiceThread is selected, select Continue
  11. You now have the option to Add Media or to select Continue.
  12. The VoiceThread will open so that you may add any additional comments.
  13. When you're ready, select Publish (See Fig. 3).
    image of a voicethread and a publish button
    Figure 3: Publishing the VoiceThread


  1. Go to to the VoiceThread that you want to link to and get the Share Link. (See )
  2. Navigate to the Page or Discussions post where you would like to link your VoiceThread.
  3. Paste in the Share link.
    NOTE: Using Share links may result in authentication and viewing issues for you and your students so we do not recommend this method.
    See more information about the types of VoiceThread links here.

Graded activities

  1. Navigate to the Assignments area of your course.
  2. Create a new assignment.
  3. Name the assignment, the points possible, and write a description if you choose.
  4. Under Submission Type, select External Tool.
  5. Select the text field below the External Tool URL.
  6. Select VoiceThread from the list.
  7. Select Save.
  8. Select the link you just created to complete the setup process in VoiceThread (See, Fig. 4).
    Assignment builder link
    Figure 4: VoiceThread Assignment set up
    See more information about creating Assignments here.

Modified on: Tue, Jan 31, 2023 at 9:01 AM

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