Canvas (myCourses): Microsoft Immersive Reader

Task: Microsoft Immersive Reader creates a reading experience that adds accessibility and comprehension for learners of all ages and abilities.  As an instructor or student, you can use the Microsoft Immersive Reader on a page, an assignment, and on the syllabus in Canvas (myCourses). You cannot use it in quizzes, or discussions.


Microsoft Immersive Reader works in pages, assignments, and the syllabus in Canvas (myCourses). You cannot use it in quizzes or discussions (at this time - the technology is capable, but the community is reviewing the implications of grading integrity.) After launching the Immersive Reader, the page’s content will open in a new window, stripping out all media (pictures, audio and videos and hyperlinks), leaving just the text. The Immersive Reader allows you to listen to single words being read, or the entire page. You can also easily listen to the content in a different language.

The user can change the voice from male to female and increase/decrease the speed of the reading. Text size and background color can also be changed. You can also select how many lines of text you wish to have highlighted at a time. To help with grammar, there is an option to highlight nouns, verbs, adverbs.

Note: Immersive Reader will work when viewing a page with a mobile browser, but it does not work when viewing a page in the Canvas app.

To learn more about using in Canvas, visit: How to use the Microsoft Immersive Reader on a Page.

For more information about the reader, visit the Microsoft Immersive Reader website.


Understand how to use Microsoft immersive reader on page, an assignment and on the syllabus but you can not use it for quizzes or discussions

Further reading:

How to use the Microsoft Immersive Reader on a Page.

Microsoft Immersive Reader website.

Need additional help?

Please use this link to the ET&S Help Desk team to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request. 


Article ID: 3249
Wed 2/17/21 2:28 PM
Tue 4/19/22 8:17 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)