ReadSpeaker provides quick and easy integration of text-to-speech learning tools into the Blackboard environment for enhanced accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. Students and teachers have easy access to audio for all content within the learning environment.
Integrate Universal Design for Learning into Blackboard courseworkSupport a diverse student populationImprove accessibility and meet accommodations requirementsRead any content out loud, on any device
Accessibility for Blackboard is all about making sure ALL students can access and learn from content within the Blackboard learning environment. While not a traditional screen reader, ReadSpeaker’s suite of speech-enhanced learning tools with keyboard shortcuts and accessible navigation are valuable support for learners of all types, not just those with visual impairments.
In today’s learning landscape, providing equal access to learning content within the Blackboard environment is essential for educational institutions to succeed in providing inclusive education for all students. ReadSpeaker text to speech is a key element in every institution’s accessibility strategy.
ReadSpeaker text to speech is easy to implement within the Blackboard learning environment. It is pre-installed and administrators need to simply contact the ReadSpeaker team to turn it on.
ReadSpeaker’s text to speech tools can be used to speech-enable assignments, quizzes and other assessments directly within the Blackboard environment. This supports administrators and teachers as they provide ADA accommodations.
Blackboard Ally and ReadSpeaker tools work in tandem to make content accessible. Educators use Blackboard Ally to prepare and produce files in an accessible format. These documents are then perfectly adapted to the ReadSpeaker Suite of Learning Tools, which provides speech-enabled reading, writing and studying.
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)
The simple and quick implementation along with easy to access support speak for themselves.
– Sandra Stevenson-Revill, University of Derby