Is there a feature that would allow quizzes/text to be read aloud to my students?
LINDSEY, I've shared your question with the Accessibility group, whose users have come up with creative solutions for making activities accessible in Canvas. I've also edited it to change it to a discussion, because I doubt there will be only one "correct answer"--and, I've also edited the post by shortening the title, which you've also included in the body of the discussion. This will make it more readily searchable and will enhance its visibility in the Community.
We work with our Accommodations office and have set up a Canvas course for students who need the "Tests Read" accommodation. We have it set up so that each student and their instructor are in their own section so they can only see their tests (to guard privacy). The student can then use the Natural Reader program to have their tests read to them and they can answer the test questions. If it happens to be a very complex test (such as Math or Science equations), we can save the test document as a PDF, and use it in a "Text (no question)" type of quiz question by putting a link to the PDF in the question. The student begins the test, clicks on the PDF link, and then the Natural Reader program will read the test document to them and they can answer the questions (on a paper copy).
We have had some very good success with this process.
Elizabeth (Online Learning) Jackson Can the Natural Reader program be applied to a quiz created in Canvas? If so how do you link them together so that the quiz will be read aloud?
Natural Reader is a standalone program we have loaded onto the computers in our Testing Center. When a student requires having a test read, that is what we use instead of an actual person reading the test to them. If the instructor does not already have the quiz in their Canvas course, we have a special course we use to load the quiz into for the student.
When the student comes to the Testing Center to take the quiz, they go to a computer and start the Natural Reader program/. They then log into Canvas and access the quiz (normally our test proctor will type in the password for them). The student then highlights the question in the quiz, and the Natural Reader program reads it to them. They can then answer the question and go on to the next one, repeating the process of highlighting the question so the Reader program can read it to them.
We have used this process for a couple of years now and it has worked out really well for us. Instructors seem to like it because they don't have to worry their student with accommodations having a problem taking the quiz, and our Accommodations office likes it because they don't have to try to schedule a test reader and trying to get that person's schedule and the student's schedule to mesh.
I hope this information helps you! Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Thank you! It makes much more sense now. Unfortunately, Natural Reader is not compatible with Chromebooks, which is what our students use. I am hoping to find something similar. Again, thank you for your response! I will be sharing this with teachers in the building using Windows.
Hi Josie. We have Chromebooks also and we use the Chrome Speak app (Chrome Speak - Chrome Web Store )
It is free and super easy for students to use. Hope this is helpful.
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