Penn State faculty, students, and staff can now use an online communication and presentation tool called VoiceThread free of charge, thanks to a University-wide license obtained by Information Technology Services.

VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows users to create a shared presentation of images, documents, and videos that visitors can comment on in the form of text, voice, audio file, or video/web cam recording. Commenters can also use a drawing tool to draw on top of the media. The resulting group conversation can then be shared for playback. The application is designed to be user-friendly and require minimum technical ability.

VoiceThread can facilitate communication among individuals at different geographic locations. It allows instructors to tap into the trend toward collaboration, group interaction, and teamwork that is becoming the norm in education and the modern workplace. Classroom uses of the application could include introducing course content, demonstrating processes, creating team projects that can be peer reviewed, discussion, analysis, and reflection.

For more information on VoiceThread and to sign in with your Penn State Access Account to use the application, visit On January 3 at 2:00 p.m., a free “VoiceThread: Overview” workshop will be offered in 116 Wagner Building, University Park, and online via an Adobe Connect videoconference. Beginning December 6, visit for a workshop description and to register.

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