VoiceThread has greatly improved their assignments feature to make it easier for student submissions and to minimize the issues with students forgetting to share their VoiceThread with their instructor.

The Timeline

According to the VoiceThread Transition Plan for New Assignments:

  • October 19, 2020: Instructors can enable new assignments for their courses individually, and institutions can enable new assignments for all courses at once. No one will be forced to update.
  • October 2020 – June 2021: Transition period! Adopt new assignments when the timing is right for your course and institution.
  • June 30, 2021: All courses and institutions that have not yet adopted new assignments will be upgraded automatically.

The video below details the new features for Assignments 2020.

VoiceThread Assignments 2020

Getting Started


Allison Gregory is already using the new VoiceThread assignments in her Blackboard course this semester and loves the new grading features.

When testing the new features on Canvas, we found that if your Chrome browser hangs when publishing, you will need to do the following:

In Chrome, type chrome://flags in your Chrome address bar.

You will then see a page that looks like this:

At the top in search flags, type in samesite. Choose disabled from the dropdown menu to the right.

After you do that, things work beautifully!

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