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ReadSpeaker provides a building block for quick and easy integration of speech-enabled learning tools into the Blackboard Learn environment. Students and teachers have easy access to audio for all content within the learning environment.


  • ReadSpeaker’s Text-to-Speech Building Block is now PREINSTALLED in the Blackboard Learn Saas environment. Simply ask us how to turn it on.
  • For those with different schools, many courses within one Blackboard Learn environment, or wishing to add text to speech to some but not all courses, the administrator can activate for all courses or on a per course basis.
  • Premium quality voices ensure high usage.
  • Assessment and accommodations support directly within the Blackboard environment.


  • Fully Server-Based – No installation or hosting necessary
  • LMS plugin for the Blackboard learning environment
  • Step-by-step instructions and a readily-available support team if you should need any help
  • Customer-specific pronunciation dictionary
  • Just one click to listen and follow along with the highlighted text
  • Floating Listen button, player, and toolbar stay visible when scrolling down on a page and can be conveniently repositioned by user
  • Read on hover allows users to scroll over an area of text and have it read aloud automatically
  • Simple view shows the content in an easy-to-read format, using font, size, and colors of your choice
  • Integrated reading and translation tools
  • Audio File – Download an MP3 audio file of the content for offline listening
  • Quick and easy access to all features through expandable player and toolbar

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Blackboard and Text to Speech

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UDL and Blackboard with Dr Trish Trifilo of Wayland Baptist University

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Blackboard Quick Reference Guide

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ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology has been a key tool to improve accessibility of courses at Wayland Baptist University, and is an integral component in aligning our courses with Universal Design for Learning principles.

Student testimonials and assessment results confirm that courses designed using UDL benefit all students, not just those with accessibility challenges. Giving students multiple ways of consuming content has proven very effective. ReadSpeaker TTS tools allow students to listen to content, or choose bi-modal learning where they see and hear content simultaneously.

ReadSpeaker TTS is a great cost-effective accessibility tool!

-Patricia M. Ritschel-Trifilo, Ph.D, director of Wayland Baptist University online (Virtual Campus)

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The simple and quick implementation along with easy to access support speak from themselves.”

– Sandra Stevenson-Revill, University of Derby

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