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Use Voice Tools

Voice Board tool

If you are creating a Voice Presentation, follow these steps. The Voice Presentation tool will open next to your content, and you can record your message.

  1. Select the link in a voice board tool.
  2. The voice board opens. The messages are listed in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. By default, voice board content is organized in single, collapsed message threads.

  3. Optionally, select from the following options:
    • Select Play on Click to play the voice components of messages automatically when you select the message.
    • Select Continuous Play to listen to the entire content of a voice board, without needing to play each message individually. When Continuous Play is enabled, messages play from top to bottom, starting with the first message selected. Only visible, non-collapsed, audio messages will play. To listen to all messages in threads, select Expand All.
    • Select Expand All to expand all message threads. This feature is especially useful in conjunction with the Continuous Play feature.
    • Select Collapse All to restore the voice board to its original, collapsed state.
    • Select Refresh to load new messages into the voice board. Refresh the voice board periodically to review any updates made since you first opened the board.
  4. Do any of the following:
    • Select a message to read its text. If it is active, select the play button to listen to the voice message.
    • Select Reply to respond to a message in the Compose window. Your message is added to a thread under the original message.
    • Select New to contribute a new message in the Compose window. Your message starts a new thread.

Compose a message

  1. Type a title for your message in the Subject field. This field is required.
  2. Use the recording applet to record your voice message.
  3. If you'd like, type something to accompany your voice message in the text area at the bottom of the Compose window.
  4. Select Post.

Send Voice Email

  1. Select the link in a voice email tool.
  2. In the voice email form, the From field is automatically populated with your email address. The To field is automatically populated with the recipients selected by the instructor who created the tool.
  3. Enter your Subject, if it is not already pre-defined by the instructor.
  4. Use the recording applet to record your voice message.
  5. Enter the text you want to accompany your voice message, if any.
  6. Select Send.

When you receive a voice email, the message looks like any other email, with the following additions:

The message will not contain any attachments, only text and links; all recorded messages reside on the server and are never sent via email.

  • A link to access a web page containing the playback applet, which you use to play the voice message.
  • A text address for the same web page, in case you need to copy it into your browser.
  • Reply links, if enabled within the feature's settings.

Voice Podcaster tool

  1. Select the link in a voice podcaster tool.
  2. The voice podcaster window opens. The episodes are ordered from most recent at the top to oldest at the bottom.

    Your instructor controls whether you are permitted to contribute content to podcasts. If you see a button called New, you can add content.

  3. Select from the following options:
    • Select Play on Click to play the podcast episodes automatically when you select an episode.
    • Select Continuous Play to listen to the entire podcast, without needing to play each episode individually. Episodes play from top to bottom, starting with the first episode selected.
  4. Subscribe to the podcast by doing one of the following:
    • Select Subscribe to subscribe to this podcast in your default podcast reader application.
    • To use a different podcast reader, such as iTunes or Juice, drag the Subscribe button into the podcast reader application.
    • Select the RSS Feed button. A new window opens. Copy the URL that appears in the address bar and paste it into your preferred podcast reader application.

After you subscribe, your podcast application automatically downloads new messages created within the voice podcaster tool.

Subscriptions apply only to a single instance of the voice podcaster. If your course has more than one voice podcast, you need to subscribe to each individually.