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Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring

Give yourself and your students a voice with the Blackboard Collaborate™ voice authoring building block. Create an engaging and effective asynchronous environment by adding voice authoring components to your courses to facilitate vocal instruction, collaboration, personalized coaching, and assessment.

Features built for education

Increase student engagement, reduce barriers to adoption, and minimize the learning curve of any online course with the Blackboard Collaborate voice authoring capabilities:

  • Voice Authoring Mashups: Include audio recordings in your course content through voice authoring mashups.
  • Voice Board: Add a voice-based, threaded online discussion to your course to actively engage students in the course and facilitate student conversations to promote active learning. Automatically add voice board evaluations to the Grade Center, saving time and providing timely feedback to students.
  • Voice Email: The tone of text-based emails can easily be misconstrued. Add a voice email tool to your course so other instructors or your students can send emails containing voice messages to others in the course. Voice email adds the emotion and candor, mood, expression and inflection of the human voice to electronic, asynchronous correspondence.
  • Voice Presentation: Create interactive learning tools that blend voice, text and web pages in a single presentation.
  • Voice Podcaster: Build engaging and reusable course content and deliver as podcasts to which your students can subscribe and play on their mobile devices or computers.


Support different learning styles

Students don’t all learn the same way, and not every topic lends itself to the same teaching method. While traditional online technologies are limited to text and images, multi-modal learning that includes voice enables instructors to provide personalized and timely content that meets individual needs and learning preferences.

Energize online discussions

Learning is at its best when students can practice new concepts, analyze alternative viewpoints, and explain their conclusions. By adding a vocal element to online discussions, students are more actively engaged with course content and, through conversation with their peers, can negotiate the meaning of that content.

Enhance your presence

Adding voice to text-only content enhances instructor presence and improves instruction by helping teachers explain complex material and create engaging course content. Teachers can even grade voice discussion boards and add voice board evaluations to their Grade Center.

Enable language learning

Go beyond the traditional language laboratory environment by giving students multiple methods of speaking, writing, and listening to foreign languages—all online. Facilitate language study by teaching pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and emphasis, while students can simultaneously speak and read a new language. Students can easily generate practice recordings, get feedback on written exercises, and hear customized audio clips.

Record a message

Use the recording applet to create voice messages.

  1. For the best quality recording, adjust your microphone before you begin.
    1. In the option menu, located in the upper-right corner of the applet, select Audio Input, followed by the device of your choice.
    2. Select Audio Filters. Auto Gain Control normalizes your voice and Noise Reduction minimizes background noise. By default, the two filters are enabled, but you can disable them if you'd like.
  2. Use the record, pause, and stop controls to record your message.
    • You can rewind or fast-forward to a particular point in the message during playback or while a message is paused.
  3. Select play to review your message. If you want to re-record it, select record.

The way others listen to a voice messages in your content depends on which tool the message is in. For most tools, users will listen through the playback applet. For mashups, users can select the Play button to listen to the message.

Listen to a message

Use the playback applet to listen to voice messages.

  1. Select your audio output device.
    • Select the option menu, located in the upper-right corner of the applet, and select Audio Output, followed by the device of your choice.
  2. Use the play, pause, and stop controls in the playback applet to listen to voice messages.
  3. You can rewind or fast-forward to a particular point in the message during playback or while a message is paused. Press and hold the tracker shuttle and drag it to a new position.

Add a Voice Authoring mashup to a content area

You can provide a simple voice message to your class by creating a voice authoring mashup in a content area.

  1. From the course menu, select the content area to which you want to add a voice authoring message.
  2. Confirm that Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select the Build Content menu. Under Mashups, select Voice Authoring. The Voice Authoring page opens in a new browser window.
  4. Type a title for your voice authoring mashup.
  5. Use the recording applet to record your message:
  6. Set your options.
  7. Select Submit.
  8. To listen to the voice message in your content, others simply select the Play button that appears in your mashup.

More on creating content in a course area