Voicethread is Now Accessible to More Users!

This post was written by my colleague, Mendi Benigni, on our work blog: blogs.cofc.edu/tlt  I wanted to share it because it’s exciting news for those who use VoiceThread with their students but worry about it being accessible to those with sight impairments.  Read on!

VoiceThread is an easy way to create everything from student presentations to course lectures…and now it can be accessible to more users!

Universal View

This view is readable by computerized screen readers used by those with sight impairments. This view is also navigable using only the keyboard (no mouse needed) so it’s more accessible to those with physical issues. The Universal View is also perfect for faculty who want to capture a snapshot of all the text comments for a slide in VoiceThread. Click here for more information, including tutorials, for VoiceThread Universal.

Voicethread Accessibility


VoiceThread now also allows for captions of not only the videos you upload but your audio and video comments as well.  As with all media players that allow captioning, VoiceThread can DISPLAY a closed captioned file but it cannot CREATE a closed captioned file.  That has to be done using a third party app such as Movie Captioner or YouTube.

Captioning Comments in VoiceThread:

You can caption both audio and video (webcam) comments.

Step 1:  Create the caption file and save it to your computer as one of the following: .DFXP, .SRT, .SAMI, .SCC, .SBV

Step 2:  Start playing the comment.

Step 3:  Click on the CC button at the bottom of the comment, next to the trash icon.

Step 4:  Select the caption file you created earlier.

Step 5:  Click OK.

Captioning Video in VoiceThread:

You can also caption video that you’ve uploaded or recorded into the main VoiceThread content window.

Step 1:  Create the caption file and save it to your computer as one of the following: .DFXP, .SRT, .SAMI, .SCC, .SBV

Step 2:  Navigate to the slide that contains the video.

Step 3:  Hover your mouse over the video icon on the left side of the page.

Step 4:  Click on the CC button in the top-right corner of the VoiceThread window.

Step 5:  Click Add Captions.

Step 6:  Select your caption file.

Step 7:  Click OK.

VoiceThread is continuing in their efforts toward universal accessibility; however, the roadblock remains the creation of the caption file.  Check back in the next few weeks as we hope to have a tutorial on the easiest way to create captions for VoiceThread comments and content.

— Blog by Mendi Benigni @benignim

UPDATE 8/6/15: Please check out my post about Youtube’s transcribe feature.  It makes creating closed captions and subtitles less time-consuming.  The .SRT file can be downloaded and then uploaded into Voicethread.


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  1. Pingback: Universal Design and an Easier Way to Create Closed Captions | Past Prof

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