VoiceThread offers a natural online interaction that lends itself to students presenting & defending their work before experts and peers.— Educause Learning Initiative
One of the things I felt was missing from our curriculum was the real seminar like we had back in college where you read some heavy material and then sit around the table and dig into it together as a class. ... Because the seminar-style course [I was] desigining would be delivered completely online with no face-to-face component, [I] needed a way to recreate the seminar table virtually...— Adena Schutzberg, Penn State University
Over 40 of the top 100 universities already have a VoiceThread enterprise license.— As ranked by US News and World Report
Those in multi-sensory environments always do better than those in unisensory environments. They have more recall with better resolution that lasts longer, evident even 20 years later.— John Medina, author Brain Rules
Over the last decade a great deal of research has been conducted on the impact of multi-sensory interaction on learning in general, and VoiceThread in particular. Below are abstracts and links to some of this research, and a more complete listing can be found here.
in JNCOLCTL Volume 21 Spring 2016, Oraib Mango, World Languages and Literatures California State University, San Bernardino.
The current study investigated the effects of the use of VoiceThread (VT) on the listening comprehension and attitudes of college students of Arabic as a foreign language. Thirty-five students in two 10-week classes of beginning Arabic participated in this study. The instruction in both classes was the same except that, for one group, the instruction was supplemented by the use of VT to enhance listening and speaking skills during the 10 weeks. Upon completion of the class, students using VT showed superior listening skills. Moreover, an Attitude and Engagement survey showed that the students enjoyed using VT and viewed it as a valuable tool that enhanced their language learning.
Retrieved from: http://www.ncolctl.org/files/Jncolctl-vol-21/The%20Effects%20of%20using%20VoiceThread%20on%20Students%E2%80%99%20Listening%20Comprehension%20and%20Attitudes%20Toward%20using%20VoiceThread.pdf
in TechTrends, Association for Educational Communications & Technology 2017. Peggy M. Delmas
University of South Alabama.
A sense of belonging to a learning community has been identified as one of the factors contributing to greater student satisfaction and persistence in online education pro-grams. Using the community of inquiry framework as a theoretical guide, the purpose of this study was to explore the role of VoiceThread, a web-based platform that facilitates cloud communication, in creating a sense of community for U.S. adult learners in the online environment. This study surveyed 39 students in a College of Education fully online master’s program and in a blended doctoral program regarding their experiences using VoiceThread in their courses. Results indicate that students perceive VoiceThread positively in the creation of online community. Students reported feeling more connected their classmates due to the tool’s ability to add voice to online activities. Students also felt more connected to their instructor due to VoiceThread’s ability to humanize, or make the instructor seem real.
Retrieved from: https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s11528-017-0195-z?author_access_token=Z71KTyGGiSPWNkxYo9gHg_e4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY50d_OhHi1YMt9FaaMg45LC8LAnVhPDWG4gY-ed4vag_QiO7r8KZa28Q81v-SeLddHG6Zd7prKon_M-9tvWriuBsTscAVjQBlRN1EWOOYPm7A==
in VATESOL (Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2016), and the WATESOL (Winter 2017 Edition) Newsletters
This article describes a VoiceThread /FTC project carried out with advanced ESL students at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in the National Capital Region. This project is the culminating activity of a series of tasks created with the “backward design” approach in mind. Backward design is a method of designing educational curriculum by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment (Wiggins & McTighe). In this unit, the overarching goal is an oral presentation on Art, which will be recorded by the students using VoiceThread.
in Dr Mairead Seery, Department of Social Science & Design,
Faculty of Science & Health, Athlone Institute of Technology
This case study presents how VoiceThread, an online application used to create multimedia presentations and conversations, was used to enable first year students to give and receive feedback. In the process, the presentation skills of the student are enhanced.
in Journal of Professional Nursing January–February, 2017, Volume 33, Issue 1, Pages 20–26. Ola H. Fox, DNS, CNL, Spring Hill College.
The movement to advance the clinical nurse leader (CNL) as an innovative new role for meeting higher health care quality standards continues with CNL programs offered on-line at colleges and universities nationwide. Collaborative learning activities offer the opportunity for CNL students to gain experience in working together in small groups to negotiate and solve care process problems. The challenge for nurse educators is to provide collaborative learning activities in an asynchronous learning environment that can be considered isolating by default. This article reports on the experiences of 17 CNL students who used VoiceThread, a cloud-based tool that allowed them to communicate asynchronously with one another through voice comments for collaboration and sharing knowledge. Participants identified benefits and drawbacks to using VoiceThread for collaboration as compared to text-based discussion boards. Students reported that the ability to hear the voice of their peers and the instructor helped them feel like they were in a classroom communicating with “real” instructor and peers. Students indicated a preference for on-line classes that used VoiceThread discussions to on-line classes that used only text-based discussion boards.
in Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2014, Aimee deNoyelles, Janet Mannheimer Zydney, Baiyun Chen.
Asynchronous discussions are often utilized in online courses to provide a venue for students to openly communicate and build shared understanding, and for instructors to skillfully facilitate the process. While discussions can be invaluable toward creating and sustaining an online community of inquiry (CoI), they are not effective if not optimally designed. It is the authors’ position that it is helpful to identify research-proven online discussion strategies and conceptualize them into the CoI framework, which has been extensively studied and validated. This framework posits that there are three interrelated presences – social, cognitive, and teaching – that must be perceived by members in order to facilitate a successful educational experience. Classifying strategies within this framework may guide instructors to purposefully select and employ methods that encourage productive, efficient, and meaningful discussions. Strategies, such as providing prompt but modest feedback, peer facilitation, protocol discussion prompts, and providing audio feedback, were found to support multiple presences in a review of the literature. Based on these findings, it is argued that educators need to employ discussion strategies that integrate all three presences in order to support an effective online CoI.
Retrieved from: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no1/denoyelles_0314.pdf
in THE JOURNAL OF TEACHER ACTION RESEARCH, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2016, Beatriz G. Glick
Pennsylvania State University-Hazelton
The purpose of this action research was to assess the pedagogical value of the software program VoiceThread (VT) as compared to classroom discussions in developing and enhancing student production of the Present Subjunctive at the Intermediate level of Spanish language courses.