Learning Technology Index

Immersive Reader*


What is it?

Immersive Reader is a free OneNote Accessibility tool that can be used to improve reading skills for all age groups.


What is its purpose?

It is an aid for instructors to support their learners with different abilities and encourage independent reading through increasing fluency for English language learners or readers of other languages.  It offers text-decoding solutions for students with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.


How do I use it?

It is a free Microsoft 365 Office tool which can be used with the Microsoft Office apps such as Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Outlook, Word, Office Lens for iPhone and iPad (IOS), Microsoft Edge Browser.

To start using Immersive Reader, go to one of your Word documents and click View. You will access  Immersive Reader embedded in your Word document. 

Note: Please update your Microsoft Office to the latest version to use Immersive Reader.


Why would I use it?

Immersive Reader has a variety of features, such as enhanced dictation that improves authoring text and focus mode that helps sustain attention and improves the reading speed. You can also adjust the font spacing and shorten the lines to avoid “visual crowding” for learners with special needs. You can highlight parts of speech in different colours and use the syllabification feature to improve word recognition.


Usage considerations

The latest version of Microsoft Office is required to use Immersive Reader.

Quick Facts
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Rating Level 
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Immersive Reader*
Last Modified
28 November 2022
05 October 2022
License Available 
Security Concerns
Technical Support 
OneNote, Microsoft Edge Browser, Word, Outlook, Microsoft Teams

Ratings Information

CITL Rating

Select any category below for details about the criteria for each rating.

Functionality: ★★☆
Not Applicable.
Ease of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Instructors):★★☆
Minor Concerns.
Tech Support/Help Availability (for Students):★★☆
Minor Concerns.
Hypermediality :
Not Applicable.
Accessibility: ★★★
Accessibility Standards:
Not Applicable.
User-focused participation:★★★
Works Well.
Required Equipment:★★★
Works Well.
Technical: ★★★
Integration/Embedding within a Learning Management System (LMS) :
Not Applicable.
Operating Systems:★★★
Works Well.
Web Browser:
Not Applicable.
Additional Technical Requirements:★★★
Works Well.
Mobile Design: ★★★
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Offline Access:★★★
Works Well.
Usage and Account Set Up: ★★★
Sign Up/Sign In:★★★
Works Well.
Cost of Use:★★★
Works Well.
Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data :
Not Applicable.
Data Privacy and Ownership:
Not Applicable.
Social Presence: ★★★
Collaboration :
Not Applicable.
User Accountability:
Not Applicable.
Works Well.
Teaching Presence:
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Learning Analytics:
Not Applicable.
Cognitive Presence: ★★★
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s):★★★
Works Well.
Higher Order Thinking:
Not Applicable.
Feedback on Learning:
Not Applicable.

Security and Privacy

This service is not offered by Memorial University and has not been reviewed by Information Management and Protection

Support Information

Immersive Reader tutorials are available on the Microsoft Support page

Youtube tutorials:

What is the Immersive Reader?

How to Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Teams



Note: Instructional Support is available through CITL. Please connect with Learning Technology Coaches for assistance ltc_citl@mun.ca or visit the Teaching and Learning Exchange in ED 1001, St. John’s Campus.