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Interview with ReadSpeaker

Can you introduce your company and the specific solution you offer to your clients?

[ReadSpeaker]: ReadSpeaker provides text-to-speech solutions and learning tools that create inclusive, accessible and engaging learning experiences. The ReadSpeaker for Moodle plugin is a simple to implement certified Moodle integration and gives students UDL-enhanced content and accessibility tools at their fingertips, directly within the Moodle environment. With 25 years’ experience and more than 12,000 customers, ReadSpeaker tools improve comprehension, retention, and overall academic performance for thousands of learners worldwide. We are proud to work with Moodle. Read more about the ReadSpeaker and Moodle partnership.

If you have attended a MoodleMoot before, could you share your impressions of previous events?

[ReadSpeaker]: We have been attending MoodleMoots around the world for years and greatly appreciate the stimulating exchange with Moodle community members. These events provide invaluable opportunities to share insights, learn from each other, and stay updated on the latest developments in Moodle and education in general.

What are you most looking forward to at MoodleMoot Global 2024?

[ReadSpeaker]: We are looking forward to networking with the diverse group of Moodle users, developers, educators, and decision-makers that this event brings together. As well as fostering new partnerships and collaborations. Attending MoodleMoot Global also allows ReadSpeaker to connect directly with our existing clients. This face-to-face interaction can be invaluable for gathering feedback, understanding client needs, and strengthening relationships. The collaborative environment fosters innovation and enhances our understanding of educational technology, helping us contribute more effectively to the community and improve our offerings.

Why would you recommend that your clients attend MoodleMoot Global?

[ReadSpeaker]: As a ReadSpeaker client, participating in MoodleMoot Global allows them to see firsthand how ReadSpeaker integrates with Moodle. They can attend our presentation or visit our booth where the ReadSpeaker team will demonstrate the functionality and benefits of our text-to-speech solutions within the Moodle LMS. This can provide attendees with new ideas on how to maximise the use of ReadSpeaker in their own educational settings.

In addition, MoodleMoot Global is a hub for the latest trends and developments in e-learning. Attending the event keeps ReadSpeaker clients informed about emerging technologies, new Moodle plugins, and advancements in digital education. This knowledge can help clients stay ahead of the curve and continuously improve their e-learning offerings.

How long has your company been working with Moodle?

[ReadSpeaker]: We’ve been happily working with Moodle for over a decade now!

Could you share a standout example of how Moodle has enhanced a client’s experience or outcomes?

[ReadSpeaker]: A standout example of how Moodle has enhanced a client’s experience and outcomes is evident in the case of the Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD) in Colombia. UNAD has effectively leveraged Moodle’s capabilities to create a robust and accessible online learning environment through its ACCeSIT platform. UNAD have created an accessibility strategy that has specifically integrated ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech technology and speech-enabled learning tools. This integration ensures that all students, including those with disabilities, can access and engage with educational content, improving student satisfaction. The ability to listen to course materials has been particularly beneficial for students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, or those who prefer auditory learning, leading to improved comprehension and retention. It has also been particularly helpful for the University’s non-native Spanish Speakers as ReadSpeaker’s multilingual capabilities help these students understand course content better by providing audio support in multiple languages, facilitating a more inclusive learning environment. 

In summary, UNAD’s use of Moodle to integrate text-to-speech technology, uphold rigorous quality standards, and foster continuous collaboration has greatly enhanced the educational experience and outcomes for its students. This case exemplifies how Moodle’s flexible platform can support innovative and inclusive educational strategies, leading to significant improvements in accessibility and learning quality.

Is there any recent work or project from your company that you would like to highlight?

[ReadSpeaker]: We are proud to have worked with many organisations to enhance elearning and we’d like to highlight our recent work with the STEM Olympiads.

STEM subjects can be complex and challenging. ReadSpeaker’s technology helps students better understand difficult concepts by providing audio support, which can aid in comprehension and retention of information. By working together, ReadSpeaker and the STEM Olympiads are advancing the goal of making STEM education more accessible, engaging, and inclusive, helping to nurture the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. Check out our blog post on the STEM Olympiads to read more about our partnership.

Are there any additional insights or upcoming trends in e-learning that you would like to discuss?

[ReadSpeaker]: Inclusive and Accessible Learning: There is an increasing emphasis on inclusivity and making learning accessible to all students, including those with disabilities, neurodivergent learners and multilingual students. The beauty here though, is that accessible design is just good design. So while we focus on making learning more accessible for all, we are really just making it better for everyone. 

Well-Being and Mental Health: The focus on student well-being and mental health in e-learning environments is growing. ReadSpeaker’s tools reduce cognitive load, support diverse learning styles, and contribute to a more balanced and supportive learning experience.

How can people contact you for more information if they would like to know more about your company and services? 

[ReadSpeaker]: Visit our exhibition booth in Mexico! Our team will be happy to answer your questions. Alternatively, you can find out more about text-to-speech for education on our website or email us at [email protected]

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