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Using Text-to-Speech Technology to Improve the Quality of Learning Online

30 minutes
Oral Presentation

A leader in cloud-based text-to-speech technology, ReadSpeaker is now integrated within many LMS to provide users of the learning environment with the ability to listen to text content. This helps all learners expand their comprehension and allows for bimodal learning as well as ease of use with modal access. Have you ever wanted to know why your students may not read the materials you post online? Have you considered that students may need a little extra help with reading and writing as they are progressing through your course content? Who benefits from text-to-speech?
1. Learners with learning disabilities
2. Learners who have literacy difficulties
3. Learners who multitask
4. Learners with visual impairment
5. Learners who access content on mobile devices
6. Learners with different learning styles.

I will demo some of my online courses and show the audience how straightforward it is to integrate ReadSpeaker to create a more open and accessible course in an LMS that engages students!  Questions & Answers at the end.

Topic Area(s): Accessible & Inclusive Technologies


Karen LaPlant is an Information Technology Faculty member at Hennepin Technical College and has been teaching there since 1989. LaPlant has a master's in Instructional Technology from St. Cloud State University. She has been teaching online classes since 2006. Karen is a Certified Quality Matters Reviewer. She enjoys her role as an Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) site evaluator.