ReadSpeaker is a presentation tool designed to enhance student learning by reading text from pages within D2L. This technology also offers students the ability to download a version of the document as an audio file for use on all devices. This text-to-speech service helps all learners with comprehension as well as ease of use.

Using ReadSpeaker

  1. Wherever ReadSpeaker is available to read the text for students, such as a file in Content, a quiz, discussion thread, or instructions in an assignment, a [Listen] button displays. The ReadSpeaker icon is visible when viewing assignment instructions, evaluating assignments, taking or previewing a quiz, evaluating quizzes, and viewing discussion threads & posts.

    Shows Listen button for ReadSpeaker application
  2. After you press [Listen], you will toggle the ReadSpeaker toolbar:

    Identifies ReadSpeaker playback options.
    These options allow users to:
    • Shows Readspeaker Play buttonPause/Play/Restart audio
    • Shows Readspeaker Pause IconStop audio
    • Shows Readspeaker Skip forwards and backwardsSkip backwards or forwards five seconds at a time
    • Shows Readspeaker Volume iconAdjust player volume
    • Shows the button for Adjust reading speedAdjust reading speed
    • Shows an Close the player

  3. The [webReader Menu] can be found by clicking the bar icon at the left-end of the toolbar. This menu will allow for a variety of customizable options to enhance reader experience and accessibility.

    Indicates ReadSpeaker toolbar icon.

    For more information, please refer to YouTube playlist by ReadSpeaker, or the ReadSpeaker website.

ReadSpeaker in Discussion

Starting in December 2022, ReadSpeaker is available to use in D2L Discussions, allowing students to listen to the posts made by themselves and their fellow classmates. Click on [Listen] to toggle the ReadSpeaker toolbar.
Identifies the Listen button

Using ReadSpeaker with DocReader

ReadSpeaker can also read documents that were uploaded into D2L. In the case of uploaded documents, you will use the DocReader tool.

  1. From the Content page, select the module that contains the document you would like to open with DocReader, then click the link to the document to open the document viewer.

  2. After the document opens, click [Open with docReader] below the document viewer.

    Indicates Open with docReader option below document viewer of an uploaded file
  3. You will see a toolbar across the top of the window that opens. Click on [Expand Toolbar].

  4. This will expand the toolbar to show additional options.

    Indicates docReader More Tools button on the toolbar
    The toolbar enables you to browse, read, and listen to the document. When you click on [Listen], the full page will be read section by section. You can explicitly select a section of text to be read. You can mouse over each icon to verify their function.