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mbuonato
Community Contributor

Microsoft immersive reader installation

Anyone know how the microsoft immersive reader works with Canvas?

Saw this press release posted on twitter

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-microsoft-immersive-reader-comes-to-instructure-canvas-...

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kkirk
Community Member

Is this available for the free accounts? I don't see how to enable it as an app nor in the settings. 

dave_barber
Community Participant

Agreed, it does not recognise urls or links to documents etc, This limits the utility of the tool I feel. It does not make any linked or embedded content more accessible and it does not assist if the page contains navigation. In fact, because of the way text is rendered and chunked it can break up links but maybe I am missing the purpose of the tool. We have a wider set of concerns about the accessibility of canvas pages, particularly those containing tables so perhaps I am hoping for too much

lbarratt1
Community Participant

I really like the Immersive Reader.

Is there going to be an additional charge for it? Or, will it be included in an update?

mbuonato
Community Contributor

It sounded like just part of an update. 

leavoj
Community Member

I really hope this gets integrated into with assignments and quizzes!  I would love for students to be able to get this option in other assignments.  

 @acapstick ‌ I am currently looking into getting this turned on for our account.  Does the #microsoft immersive reader‌ read the entire page or can you select specific text to read?

acapstick
Community Participant

Yes it reads the entire page but only the text - doesn't recognise links, images or video it seems. It basically treats a page like it is microsoft word doc. It also doesn't appear on the front page of sites - only content pages. 

To my mind it it is a reading aid - it isn't a total screen reader solution which is what I was hoping it would be given the browser unpredictability of screen readers and how they work with Canvas.

It will aid accessibility but it won't solve all for everyone.

Thanks  @acapstick ‌!  Interesting are the idiosyncrasies. (Channeling my inner Yoda there.)  We are 1 to 1 Chromebooks with our students.  The Chromebook operating system has an accessibility feature called Select to Speak, which as it sounds allows selected text to be spoken.  It has worked really well, except that it does not currently work with our lockdown browser.  Can't wait to find one thing that works with everything.  A guy can dream, right?

I do not see this option on the home page, the most important page for it. Help?

dcerrato
Community Member

How did you enable this feature in canvas?  I don't see it anywhere when I create a new assignment.