Desire2Learn, often referred to as D2L, provides the Learning Management System Brightspace. Brightspace is an integrated learning platform used by higher education institutions and K-12 schools, as well as for corporate and government eLearning.
ReadSpeaker is a Select Partner of D2L, and thus D2L has integrated ReadSpeaker’s technology into the Brightspace learning platform. ReadSpeaker offers three different functionalities for Brightspace integration: webReader, docReader, and TextAid LTI. All of these can be found on the Brightspace App Finder.
Adding the ReadSpeaker functionality has never been so simple: administrators simply need to request that ReadSpeaker be added to their Brightspace platform via their D2L account manager.
In Brightspace, the ReadSpeaker listen functionality can be activated on a course-by-course basis. Learners can listen to both HTML content (with ReadSpeaker webReader) and documents. Documents can be viewed with ReadSpeaker docReader, seamlessly integrated into the Brightspace platform. With the ReadSpeaker TextAid LTI for Brightspace, learners receive access to the TextAid tool within Brightspace.
Ensuring that our courses are both multimedia rich and suitable for all learners is something that is central to our mission. ReadSpeaker was a natural fit because it gives all of our students an audio option. ReadSpeaker’s integration with the D2L Learning Environment made it easy for VHS to implement the browser-based solution. Within seconds, the organization enabled it on a course level and within all lesson documents, so VHS students can have all course web pages and documents read to them with one click of a button. Since implementing the technology, we’ve been encouraged by how popular it’s been.
Storie Walsh, Director of Instructional Technology, Virtual High School