VoiceThread – Blog and Webinars

Learning Out Loud: Is it the Missing Link in Online Classes?

In 2008, Michelle’s online teaching studies showed evidence that VoiceThread, a web-based tool that gives users the choice to comment in voice or text, increases online community and enhances the instructor-to-student relationship. But over the years, only 25% of her students regularly selected to comment in voice when given a choice.

In this webinar, Michelle will demonstrate a change she made in her online teaching approach in 2012 which resulted in an increase from 25% to 75% of her students choosing voice comments to participate in class discussions.  Michelle will show samples of the VoiceThread activities and present the students’ feedback about how this rich, humanized, online classroom affected student-to-student relations and comprehension of course material, as well as resulted in students agreeing that their verbal skills improved and their confidence with 21st century communication tools increased

VoiceThread Book Chat with Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Join a book chat with Michelle Pacansky-Brock. For nearly a year, Michelle Pacansky-Brock has partnered with VoiceThread as our Higher Ed Learning Consultant. This month, we are excited to share that Michelle has published a new book, Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, and she has invited you to converse with her on some of the key topics from her book in a VoiceThread Book Chat.

Diversifying Instruction in Large Lecture Classes with VoiceThread

This webinar, hosted by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, will feature the teaching innovations of Ginger Shultz, Lecturer of Chemistry at the University of Michigan.

Many instructors struggle to understand how to use collaborative technologies to support large, lecture-based classes.  In this webinar, you will learn how Ginger Shultz employs Voicethread in an organic chemistry laboratory course that enrolls 350-850 students.  Ginger will discuss how her use of VoiceThread has enabled her to foster greater community in her face-to-face classroom, as well as unveil the unique learner perspectives that often get lost in large classes.  These outcomes allow Ginger to understand the flow of her students’ learning and make shifts in her instruction, as needed.

Watch Learning Bloom: Understanding, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating with VoiceThread

This webinar, hosted by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, will feature the teaching innovations of Vicki Phillips, General Education Coordinator and English Faculty at Rasmussen College.   Vicki will share her own holistic VoiceThread teaching integration plan that scaffolds the use of VoiceThread to support all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy of the cognitive learning domain.

Specifically, Vicki will demonstrate how she uses VoiceThread in her literature and developmental English classes to:

  • Transform students from information consumers into content creators. Vicki’s students create a research-based VoiceThread with a written script in lieu of writing a paper.
  • Develop concise, just-in-time grammar modules to support her own developmental English learners. Links to these resources are shared to support all students across the region.
  • Foster online discussions that lead to strengthened relationships between students in F2F classes and provide opportunities for enhanced reflection.

Visual Thinking: An Experiment in Student-Led Learning

Join me, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, as I share an overview of a teaching experiment from my online History of Photography class in which students were delegated with the challenge to create a learning module about the work of mid 20th century photographers.  In week two, the students re-engaged with the module, learning from what each other had contributed and responding to the critical discussion prompts they had planted throughout the presentation.

What did students learn from this activity?  How did this personalized approach to curating content present new challenges and new opportunities for relevant and personalized learning?  Were there unexpected challenges that presented new opportunities?  And what were my reflections, as the instructor, on the sideline watching all of this play out? Will I do it again? Join me for an hour of candid sharing and discussing!

New Literacies: VoiceThread’s Role in Refreshing Pre-Service Teacher Training

We know that VoiceThread is hugely popular in K-12 classrooms. How does this relevance translate to teacher preparation? This webinar will look at alternate models for using VoiceThread in higher ed pre-service teacher preparation for collaboration, formative assessment, reflection, and building digital products.

This webinar will showcase the teaching innovations of Kathleen Gradel, Professor at SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY).  Kathleen will share concrete examples from her own pre-service teacher training courses that demonstrate how VoiceThread allows her to effectively model the role of a 21st century teacher-facilitator while simultaneously fostering a student-centered learning environment.

Reframing Visual Arts Instruction with VoiceThread

Have you pondered the possibilities of using VoiceThread to demonstrate art techniques in video, explain complex studio projects, and create secure group critiques?  Have you wondered what new curricular opportunities exist when you teach with a technology that empowers students to visually document, share, and discuss their reflections from anywhere?

Join Michelle Pacansky-Brock for a dynamic hour of learning and reflection with:

Heidi Upton - Assistant Professor, Core Studies, Discover New York , St. John’s University
Heidi will share how she uses Voicethread with students in Discover New York, a freshman transition course that uses New York City as a text for the building of aesthetic literacy skills and social awareness.

Tammy Lockett - 
Lead Faculty, Foundations, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Online Division

Tammy will share how she incorporates VoiceThread into eCollege assignment threads for fundamental art courses to provide group critiques, asynchronous, lectures and video demonstrations.

Excerpts from class VoiceThreads will be shown, links to sample VoiceThreads will be shared, and your questions will be answered.

Reinventing Language Learning with VoiceThread

Are you curious about how to use VoiceThread in your foreign language or ESL classes?  Or are you looking for some new ideas?  Get together with your colleagues and join us for an hour of sharing on April 20th!

This webinar will feature the teaching innovations of:

David Thompson
Associate Professor of Spanish, Luther College
David will show you how he uses VoiceThread for a digital storytelling exercise in which students narrate a photo story with the imperfect and preterit tenses in Spanish.

Vicki Curtis
Associate Professor of ESL, Ohlone College
Vicki will demonstrate how she uses VoiceThread to conduct a virtual writing conference with her beginning writing ESL students and explain how VoiceThread has played a key role in the development of her online reading and writing upper intermediate ESL class — a feat that many said was “impossible!”

Supporting All Learners with VoiceThread

VoiceThread provides a unique environment where students engage with course content and their peers in a way that is more rewarding and effective than traditional text-based learning systems. The affordance of multi-sensory interaction has become a critical component of 21st century teaching and learning.

In this webinar Michelle Pacansky-Brock, an award winning community college educator, will engage you in a thoughtful discussion about why VoiceThread is crucial to 21st century educators and students. Topics will include designing VoiceThreads with a priority on accessibility, supporting the needs of students who rely on screen readers and empowering students with cognitive disorders. We’ll also explore strategies for accommodating deaf students and offer a glimpse into new dimensions of learning made possible through the VoiceThread mobile app.

Integrating VoiceThread Into Your Campus-Wide Teaching Toolkit

Join Michelle Pacansky-Brock for a conversation with Matt Meyer, Sr. Instructional Designer at Penn State University, to learn about how and why Penn State adopted a sitewide VoiceThread license for all faculty, students and staff. Matt will share the collaborative approach Penn State used to implement and adopt VoiceThread as well as the resulting resources they developed to support faculty.

Tips for Supporting Student Success with VoiceThread

Michelle Pacansky-Brock, an award winning community college instructor, will share tips and strategies for using VoiceThread in your class. This includes strategies for managing student privacy, developing a technology profile of your students, fostering a community, and scaffolding your students’ use of VoiceThread so their focus stays on “learning” rather than “technology.” Participants will receive a collection of web-based resources to support your own professional development.

Making Sense of Assessment with VoiceThread

Join Michelle Pacansky-Brock, an award winning community college instructor, to learn how to use VoiceThread to assess student learning through an online, multisensory experience that simultaneously increases student-student interaction and builds community. You will discover the secret to making assessment fun, relevant, and inclusive. Whether you teach online or offline, Michelle will share tips to help you develop clear expectations, save time, deliver rich feedback to students and unleash a few creative VoiceThread tricks.

How and Why to “Flip Your Classroom” with VoiceThread

In this webinar, community college instructor, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, will demonstrate how she used VoiceThread to flip her lecture-based art history class. The foundation of the “flipped classroom” model is a series of mobile lectures paired with formative assessments that students complete prior to coming to class. VoiceThread is a single, easy to use tool that masterfully delivers mobile content with voice, visuals, and video and invites students to participate in engaging assessment activities.

This model empowers an instructor use class time on the topics that matter to students. With passive listening taking place outside of class, students become active participants and engage in discussion, debate, and critique to foster higher order thinking skills. The mobile lectures provide the flexibility to pause, rewind, and learn in a way that meets individual needs. You’ll be surprised to learn how the students responded and the effects of the experiment on student satisfaction, success and attrition rates.