ReadSpeaker announces text-to-speech partnership with Blackboard

Partnership brings ReadSpeaker’s leading text-to-speech solution to the next level for educational institutions

ReadSpeaker has announced a new Signature Partnership with Blackboard, which will provide both educators and learners with new tools to excel in the classroom.

ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology allows students to experience content on their terms, with natural voices in a broad range of widely used languages. Speech-enabled content improves accessibility, increases engagement, and provides students with a low-stress, tech-friendly study tool.

For educators, ReadSpeaker’s Signature Partnership with Blackboard provides another important tool to promote Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Every student learns in their own way, through a combination of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. The primary goal of UDL is to make learning more adaptable and accessible for all students.

Text to speech is an important pillar of UDL, as one of the most straightforward ways for auditory learners to consume content. Rather than reading through a long, challenging document, auditory learners can simply listen to content on-demand.

In addition to benefiting those who prefer to learn by listening, text to speech improves accessibility for students with literacy challenges, second-language learners, students with visual impairments, and students with certain learning disabilities.

By partnering with Blackboard, ReadSpeaker brings its text-to-speech services to one of the premier platforms for online and classroom learning. Students will enjoy the flexibility and performance benefits of learning in their preferred format, while educators will have another powerful tool to bring UDL into their classrooms.

“Blackboard is committed to improving accessibility for our learners,” said Katie Blot, SVP of Corporate Strategy & Industry Relations for Blackboard. “This powerful partnership is one more way we are helping make learning more adaptable and accessible for educators and learners. We look forward to continuing to work with ReadSpeaker to bring text to speech to courses around the world.”

Steve Moore, ReadSpeaker General Manager, North America, expects great things from the continued partnership: “We’re pleased to expand our successful partnership with Blackboard, already starting with our sponsorship of Blackboard’s Teaching & Learning Conference in the Netherlands in April, and look forward to bringing streamlined, accessible speech-enabled text to more classrooms worldwide.”

Laura Ascione

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