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Desire2Learn and ReadSpeaker Announce Service Partnership

To advance clients' eLearning program requirements, Desire2Learn partners with ReadSpeaker to further enhance usability and accessibility

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced a partnership with ReadSpeaker�, the leading provider of online text to speech. ReadSpeaker joins the Desire2Learn Partner Network as a Select ISV Partner in providing added value to clients.

ReadSpeaker connects learners to digital content by reading aloud online content. ReadSpeaker provides synchronous highlighting of the text being read to provide an auditory and visual experience that helps to increase learning outcomes for all learners including those struggling to handle online reading. ReadSpeaker services can read all types of online content including HTML, PDF, Word, ODT and Flash. The ability to read dynamic content and the text to speech implementation makes ReadSpeaker a barrier- free, cost effective tool to meet the needs of today’s learners.

“We are delighted to be part of the Desire2Learn Partner Network. ReadSpeaker’s online text to speech solutions help Desire2Learn clients provide a simple and efficient tool that enhances learning outcomes for all students and notably those with reading difficulties,” says Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker Co-Founder and responsible for ReadSpeaker’s business operations outside of Europe. “The ability to have educational material read aloud and highlighted at the same time increases student performance, and that is a key benefit for Desire2Learn clients.”

The ReadSpeaker� Enterprise� solution for the Desire2Learn platforms is an online text to speech application that speech-enables online educational content for the benefit of teachers and learners who now have the ability to listen as well as read online. ReadSpeaker Enterprise makes the online content of Desire2Learn clients more accessible to individuals with cognitive issues, learning disabilities, and vision problems, as well as individuals who do not speak or read English as their first language. Additionally, it provides multi-tasking opportunities for learners and portability of content to other devices such as SmartPhones and iPads.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with ReadSpeaker and extending the accessibility capabilities of our platforms for learners globally,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn Incorporated. “The innovative approaches of ReadSpeaker are an excellent complement to our own beliefs that learning technologies should extend learning opportunities for all.”

ReadSpeaker enables learners to listen to content at the click of a button, without downloading or installing software or plugins. The reading also comes with synchronized highlighting of the text to reinforce understanding of the content being read aloud. Independent research proves that dual mode learning (highlighting of the text being read out loud) increases the comprehension for all students, thereby increasing learner performance. ReadSpeaker works for all browsers.

About ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker� is a leader in online text to speech. In 1999, ReadSpeaker pioneered the first-ever speech-enabling application for websites. Today, the company’s web-based text-to-speech services are used by thousands of websites/mobile apps and millions of users worldwide every month. ReadSpeaker speech-enables online content on the fly in 35 languages and 90 voices. The company provides a portfolio of web-based text-to-speech solutions for websites, mobile sites, mobile apps, RSS feeds, online documents and forms, as well as online campaigns. More than 5000 corporate, media, government, and nonprofit customers around the world use ReadSpeaker online text-to-speech solutions. For more information, visit: www.readspeaker.com

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
519.772.0325
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn