Moodle: Convert documents using Sensus Access

The Sensus Access Document Converter activity enables Moodle course participants to convert course files to formats that meet their accessibility needs.

Before you start, you may need:

  • To be enrolled in a Moodle course that contains a Sensus Access Document Converter link like the one pictured above.
  • If you do not see this link you can: 
  1. Click on the  Sensus Access Document Converter activity.
    How Sensus Access Document Converter icon and link look
  2. Click File Selection and choose a file from the list.
Note: The File Selection menu should list every course document that Sensus Access can convert, including those attached to forum posts or assignments. If a file is missing, you may be able download it and upload it it to Sensus Access outside of Moodle instead. 
  1. Under Requested Conversion, click your desired format (not all will be available for every type of file):
    • Accessibility conversion — converts image files or image-only PDFs into files with screen-readable text
    • MP3 — uses text-to-speech software to create an audio file of text in a document
    • E-book — reflowable-text (with or without synchronized audio) formats used by e-book reader devices and software, e.g., Kindle, Nook, Apple Books, Kobo, Bluefire, etc.
    • DAISY — creates a Daisy talking book file; note that fewer languages are supported than for other conversions
    • Braille
  2. Depending on the format you chose, you may be prompted to set Conversion Parameters:
    • Accessibility conversion parameters
      • Target format: Select a file format for the converted file. If you are uncertain, choose a TXT file if you do not need to preserve any visual formatting and a PDF, RTF, or DOC if you do.
    • MP3 parameters
      • Language: Select the language the file is written in. For some languages, you may also have a choice of recording voices.
      • Speed: Choose the speed at which you would like the text read.
    • E-book parameters
      • Format: Choose MOBI if you will read the e-book on a Kindle or Kindle app; otherwise choose EPUB3 with media overlay (for a e-book with a synchronized text-to-speech audio recording), EPUB3 (no audio) or EPUB (for very old devices)
      • Base font size: Set a default font size
    • Braille parameters — see the Producing Braille with SensusAccess guide for information.
  3. Under Delivery method, choose Campus email (recommended) or Download. 
Important: We STRONGLY recommend having files delivered to your campus email! The conversion and download process can take a while, especially for long documents and/or more complex conversions. If a download hangs or never completes, try repeating the steps above using the campus email option instead.


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
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