Anyone know how the microsoft immersive reader works with Canvas?
Saw this press release posted on twitter
After enabling the feature, you will see the Immersive Reader button on the upper right on Canvas pages. Students can click the button and it will open a new page. Students can click a play button and hear the content being read while each word is highlighted as it is being read. There are a few settings available to customize the experience.
It's available now .... in production as of the weekend gone if you get your canvas rep to switch it on for you.
However, I haven't seen any help guides to assist students or staff yet.
I presume it can only read the written word and alt text too - it doesn't seem to recognise web links?
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
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?