docReader by ReadSpeaker

docReader by Readspeaker is a bimodal content presentation tool designed to enhance learning by reading text from pages within D2L. This technology also offers you the ability to download an audio version of the text as an mp3 file for use on portable devices. 

Bimodal presentation refers to information that is 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, such as when using speech synthesis software, or reading the text, hearing the words, and having the words (and/or sentences) highlighted at the same time, such as when using text-to-speech software with integrated highlighting.

Using docReader by ReadSpeaker

  1. In any place that docReader is available to read the text, you will see an Open with docReader button.
    Identifies Open with docReader button
  2. The docReader player opens in a new window or tab.
    Shows docReader player window
  3. The docReader toolbar at the top of the player window offers several functions:

Identifies Show/Hide Sidebar button

  • Show/Hide sidebar. Toggles the visibility of the thumbnail/outline sidebar.

Identifies Page Selector

  • Page navigator. Jump directly to another page in the document.

Identifies Play Pause Stop button

  • Play/Pause/Stop.  Starts, pauses or stops the audio playback. Repeated clicks on the Listen button will restart the audio playback. (Note that the pause button may not be visible in some configurations.)

Identifies Image mode Text mode toggle

  • Toggle between layout mode and text mode. Layout mode preserves the original page design, while in text mode, 
    you can control the appearance of the text, such as typeface, text size and background/foreground colors. 

Identifies Page Mask button

  • Page mask. Dims the screen, except for a highlighted area that follows the mouse pointer, or the finger on touch device
    to make it easier to focus on a small part of the text at once. 

Identifies Reading Ruler button

  • Reading ruler. Displays a ruler that follows the mouse pointer, or the finger on touch devices, to facilitate focusing on one line at a time.

Identifies Settings button

  • Settings. Opens/closes settings panel.

Identifies Save Original Document button

  • Save the original document to your computer.

Identifies Help button

  • Help. Open help documentation in a new window.
     
  • On certain types of course items you may also see a "Listen" button at the top of the file.Identifies Listen button
  • Once you press "Play," the button will expand to offer more options:
    • The volume icon will regulate the volume.
      Identifies Volume button
    • The gear icon will open a window with a variety of settings.
      Identifies Settings buttonShows settings windows
    • The download icon will download an .mp3 file to your computer.
      Identifies Download buttonIdentifies Agree and Download button
    • To close the mini-player click the Close button.Identifies Close button