Applications of VoiceThread© technology in graduate nursing education

Mary K. Donnelly, Karan S. Kverno, Anne E. Belcher, Lindsay R. Ledebur, Linda D. Gerson

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Background: Online graduate courses provide opportunities for faculty to use technology and digital applications to enhance student learning and learning environments. In nursing education, as we become increasingly dependent on technology, it is important to ensure that both faculty and students add digital literacy to their repertoire of knowledge and skills. VoiceThread©, one type of Web-based digital application tool, allows students and faculty to verbally communicate and collaborate asynchronously. Method: This article discusses the use of VoiceThread technology in graduate nursing education and offers four examples of VoiceThread teaching methods: personal introductions, issues discussions, case presentations, and the elevator speech. Results: Student participation in VoiceThread assignments is evaluated using leveled rubrics. A poll of the students in one of the graduate courses showed high overall satisfaction with VoiceThread in the online classroom. Conclusion: Strategies for effective use of VoiceThread technology to enhance student engagement and learning are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-658
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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