Using VoiceThread for Counseling Role-Playing Sessions

John Oughton (West Virginia University, US)
Melanie Rogers (West Virginia University, US)
Session Information
November 4, 2010 - 1:40pm
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Areas of Special Interest: 
Open Educational Resources
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Session Type: 
Individual Presentation
Bonaire 8
Session Duration: 

This presentation will discuss how the web-based VoiceThread tool was used to have introductory counseling students submit their video-taped role play sessions, to have peers provide comments on students' submissions and to allow for the instructor to provide feedback.

Extended Abstract

VoiceThread ( is a Web 2.0 tool which the developers describe as a "tool for having conversations around media whether its images, video, documents, presentations or any combination of them. A VoiceThread can securely capture and hold an entire group discussion on one simple page." A participant in a VoiceThread can comment by drawing, text, audio or video. During the Summer 2010 session, the instructor, Melanie Rogers, offered a blended, introductory Counseling Theories and Techniques course at West Virginia University. The students enrolled in her course were required to complete three 15-20 minute videos of role play sessions that demonstrated their counseling skills. The specific skills that needed to be exhibited changed across the three video sessions and required that students demonstrate more developed skills. The assignment was designed to help students prepare for the end-of-course technique skills evaluation that took during the on-campus workshop. VoiceThread was implemented to allow students to make their role-play videos public and allow for peers and the instructor to comment on the role play sessions. The presenters will discuss the manner in which VoiceThread was implemented for the assignment, provide a demonstration of various segments of the role play sessions, and discuss feedback from students that includes their reactions to utilizing this tool to meet the requirements of the assignment.

Lead Presenter

Dr. John Oughton assists professors and instructors in the WVU College of Human Resources and Education with the design and support of online courses and the development of multimedia instructional materials. He also teaches courses on instructional design and technology through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He has taught 37 course sections, published 13 articles and conducted 26 conference presentations in the area of Instructional Technology.