ReadSpeaker is a bimodal content presentation tool designed to enhance student learning by reading text from pages within D2L. This technology also offers students the ability to download an audio version of the document as an .mp3 file for use on all devices. The text-to-speech service helps all learners with comprehension and allows for bimodal learning as well as ease of use with modal access.

Bimodal presentation refers to information presented in both audio and visual formats at the same time. Bimodal reading refers to the act of reading text while hearing the words at the same time. For example, using speech synthesis software and reading the text, hearing the words and having the words (or sentences) highlighted at the same time, or using text-to-speech software with integrated highlighting.

Using ReadSpeaker

  1. In any place ReadSpeaker is available to read the text for students and instructors, such as a file in Content, a quiz, or instructions in an assignment, a Listen button displays. The ReadSpeaker icon is visible when viewing assignment instructions, evaluating assignments, taking or previewing a quiz, and evaluating quizzes.
    Shows Listen button for ReadSpeaker application
  2. After you press Play, you will see several playback options:
    Identifies ReadSpeaker playback options.These options allow users to:
    • Pause/Play/Restart audio
    • Stop audio
    • Skip backwards or forwards five seconds at a time
    • Adjust player volume
    • Adjust player speed
    • Close the player
  3. Reader options can be found by clicking the bar icon at the bottom left of the player.
    Indicates ReadSpeaker toolbar icon.
    • The cog icon allows you to adjust a variety of settings.
      Identifies Readspeaker settings icon.Shows ReadSpeaker settings options.
    • The download icon will download an .mp3 file to your computer.
      Identifies ReadSpeaker download icon. Identifies ReadSpeaker audio download terms of use Agree and Download file button.
    • Additional information about toolbar features can be found by clicking the "?" icon.
      Identifies ReadSpeaker help icon.
      Shows ReadSpeaker help documentation.

For more information, see this playlist by ReadSpeaker, or this ReadSpeaker Documentation.

Using DocReader

ReadSpeaker can also read documents that were uploaded into D2L. In the case of uploaded documents, you will use the DocReader tool.

  1. From the Content page, select the module that contains the document you would like to open with docReader, then click the link to the document to open the document viewer.
  2. After the document opens, click the Open with DocReader button below the document viewer.
    Indicates Open with docReader option below document viewer of an uploaded file
  3. You will see a toolbar across the top of the window that opens.
    Indicates docReader More Tools button on the toolbar The toolbar enables you to browse, read, and listen to the document. When you click the Listen button on the toolbar, the full page will be read section by section in the order defined in the document.Hovering over a section of text enables you to click to listen to that section. You can explicitly select a section of text to be read. Clicking the More Tools link opens up more options, including line by line reading, settings, highlighting, and more.You can also control the layout mode, reading speed, and both text appearance and highlight.

If you'd like more information, there is a series of videos from ReadSpeaker that you can view.

Removing ReadSpeaker from Your Course

  1. In your course, click the Course Management menu in the navbar, then select Course Admin.
  2. Click on the Tools link.
    Identifies Tools link on Course Admin page.
  3. Turn off the ReadSpeaker and ReadSpeaker DocReader Integration tools.
    Identifies ReadSpeaker and DocReader Integration on/off button.

For more information, see this lesson by ReadSpeaker.