VoiceThread is a tool which allows an online discussion around a specific piece of content. The content could be a PowerPoint presentation, audio/video clip, or an image. The instructors and students can make discussion points around the content using any combination of text, audio or video. The comments can be made with a microphone, telephone, web cam, or an uploaded file.

Students may have specific needs which may require accommodation. We've listed some ways below in VoiceThread can be more accessible.

Screen Reader

The primary version of VoiceThread is not accessible via screen reader at this time. VoiceThread does offer version which is designed for use with a screen reader. This version is called "Voice Thread Universal" and can be accessed from the main screen of VoiceThread or going directly to: VoiceThread Universal after logging in.

Captioning for Deaf or Hearing Impaired Students

VoiceThread video can be captioned or exported and then captioned. If your class includes Deaf or hearing impaired students, you might also consider requiring your students to use text comments only, or put their comments in as an image instead.

ALT Text on Slides

Instructors should consider adding ALT Text to their slides. Here is a support page detailing how to accomplish this.



If further accommodation is needed, please contact the University of Missouri office of Disability Services.


Office of Disability Services

S5 Memorial Union
Columbia, MO 65211
Main: (573) 882-4696
VP: (573) 234-6662
Fax: (573) 884-5002
E-mail: disabilityservices@missouri.edu
Web: disabilityservices.missouri.edu

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday