iNACOL Blended Blended and Online Learning Symposium logo At the 2013 iNACOL Blended Blended and Online Learning Symposium, the two hottest topics of discussion were enhancing the learning experience and mLearning. The world of content consumption is changing rapidly, and those changes are being reflected in the blended and online learning options offered by educational institutions. For many years, most students would learn from lectures in the typical 90-minute class block, then study by reading static textbooks containing information that was, at best, almost up to date. With the changing nature of information availability, the old way simply isn’t practical any longer. Students of all ages and learning styles now expect on-demand learning options, available across multiple devices. ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech services are proving key in enhancing the learning experience by adapting the classic format of education to fit the lifestyle and expectations of the modern student. It all starts with making text content more accessible. More than ever, classes are comprised of a mix of adult learners, commuting students, and on-campus students. Many of these students have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that put a strain on available study time. Text to speech allows these students to listen to content at their own convenience, outside of regular classroom or study time. This is where mLearning – the availability of educational content on mobile devices – enters the conversation. Educational administrators at iNACOL were particularly enthused by the option to turn text content into mp3 or other audio files, which students can then listen to on any mobile device. This means that students can consume important information while on public transportation, driving to class, working out, or completing errands. Busy students are often faced with a choice between completing all of their studies in a given day, and attending to their other responsibilities. The text-to-speech option saves these students considerable time by removing the necessity of sitting down with a textbook to learn course-related information, and removing the barrier between school and other responsibilities. Naturally, text to speech was first looked at as a way for students with learning disabilities or other accessibility challenges to have the same learning opportunities as every other student. It is clear now that enhancing the learning experience applies to all students, as the dialogue at iNACOL shows how education is changed by technology, to the benefit of students and educators alike.