VoiceThread: Setting up a VoiceThread after a Course Copy in D2L Brightspace

Article Type: How To


  • How can an instructor set up a VoiceThread in D2L Brightspace following a course copy?


VoiceThread links in D2L Brightspace require special attention after a course copy. Links added via the Existing Activities > External Learning Tools process will reset and need to be set up again. A new copy of the VoiceThread itself (free of student comments) should be created for the new course. If VoiceThread links were added without the integration, e.g. the link was just pasted into D2L, there may be student comments from the last time it was used. It is better to create a new copy free of student comments and to use the integration tool within D2L.

VoiceThread Home and Course View links will also reset but can be easily reestablished just by clicking on them and then clicking either ‘Home’ or ‘Course View’.

If the original VoiceThread was created by you:

Create a Clean Copy of the VoiceThread

There are several ways to copy a VoiceThread described here. It can also be done while setting up the link in D2L (see Add the VoiceThread to D2L below).

Ideally, the instructor will have created a template without student comments. (Note: there is no special ‘template’ type. This merely means making a copy without student comments with ‘template’ in the name.) If this has not been done, it is possible to copy a VoiceThread used in a class with only the instructor comments; however, if the instructor replied to any students, these comments will need to be deleted individually. Furthermore, if the instructor is using a copy of another teacher’s VoiceThread, student comments will have to be deleted one at a time or the VoiceThread will need to be recreated.

Add the VoiceThread to D2L

The following steps require a VoiceThread free of student comments (please see previous section): 

  • In the new course, click on the VoiceThread content topic that needs to be set up.

  • The VoiceThread topic should have reset to the original state, presenting four blue buttons for the four types of VoiceThread link. If an error message is displayed, delete the link and recreate.

  • Set up the link just as in the original course. These linked instructions, beginning at step 2, cover the several types of VoiceThread links.
  • If the link was a VoiceThread Home or Class View type, no further special steps will be needed.
  • If the link was to a specific VoiceThread, select the appropriate one from the panel on the left. If a new VoiceThread specific to the new class has not been created, select a template or other VoiceThread in the left panel and go through the copy steps described above.
  • Click the "Share with class” button.

The VoiceThread link setup is now complete.

Note: The page will not reload on its own. To leave the success message, use the bread crumb or main course navigation (e.g. Materials > Content).

If the original VoiceThread was created by someone else:

You must first create a copy of your colleague’s VoiceThread. If the VoiceThread’s creator has allowed it to be copied, do so, then proceed as above. If the option to copy the VoiceThread is grayed out, the owner must change that setting or create a copy specifically to share. Either way, it is important to contact the VoiceThread owner before the content is needed.

Create a template from the colleague’s VoiceThread and then proceed as above in Add the VoiceThread to D2L.

Where to get help:

Academic Technology Services staff are available to help with any step of this process, email or call 651-793-1240.


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