With the increasing number of benefits that online courses impart to organizations, digital learning will not remain only as an efficient content delivery platform for workforce training, but will grow exponentially in the coming few years. With e-learning spread across a wide network of learners and facilitators, it has become essential to design custom courses in multiple languages for better learner understanding. The use of cutting-edge technology enables localization of e-learning content into multiple languages, making it more effective and engaging for learners.
Exploring the Components to Facilitate Localization
Organizations adopt varied e-learning strategies to design custom e-courses. There are different e-learning components that are localized to align with varied learning needs. Some of them are discussed as follows:
- Content translation
Training courses include on-screen text which needs to be translated. For instance, text is interpreted into another language such as French, Spanish and German, which needs to be reformatted in the original English language on the screen. Audios and narrations are also incorporated with online courses to enhance learners’ understanding of multilingual courses.
- Mouse cursor movement
Due to the instructional design of online courses, it is important to include cursor movements that point to information that the narrator is describing. This cursor movement is reflected in the localization of e-learning components also.
Graphics incorporated with e-courses should also be translated for better understanding. When text is added in the graphics, it needs to be exported in an external file and translated. Then, the original graphic can be localized.
Quizzes, assessments and feedbacks are some of the valuable components in an e-learning course. These include questions as true/false, fill in the blanks, multiple choice or matching items with pictures. The language used for these components should also be localized per learners’preferences, enabling them access courses and then evaluate their performances.
The ability to access courses via online learning platforms is a highly effective approach to achieve organizational targets. Organizations spend huge amounts of money in designing, developing and testing learning programs to update clients with latest products and services. By creating courses in a single language, it is not possible to fulfil training need of every individual. Therefore, localizing training curricula in multiple languages is crucial for serving the ever-evolving demands of learners from diverse industry domains. In addition, it also improves employee retention level, boosts learners’ interest and motivates them to enroll in different training programs for an engaging learning experience.