Organizations today, increasingly want to expand their business globally owing to liberalization. This raises the issues of training a global work force, which are addressed by eLearning. And in this mode, Translation of eLearning courses plays a vital role, because a course meant for the American employees, may not be appropriate for their workforce that is located in China or Malaysia.
According to a survey conducted by Commlab India, regarding the importance of eLearning translations with 200 organizations with their customers and prospects across 33 countries, it was found that:
- 59 % of the organizations indicated that Multilanguage eLearning was important for their organization.
- 85% of the respondents in the research, translated their E-learning courses into nearly 10 different languages.
- Apart from these significant findings, it is also worthy to note that:
- English, Spanish and French were popular languages, into which eLearning courses were translated.
- About 34% of respondents indicated that their primary e-learning course was in a language other than English.
Through these findings, we can clearly see how indispensible the eLearning translations are for the organizations. Now don’t you think we need a powerful tool for making the translations easy?
Adobe Captivate is one such tool, which serves our purpose. Let’s see how.
- Once an eLearning course is developed in base language in Captivate, this project is exported to XML. Then, all that we need to do is to just pass the XML file to the translators, along with the source published course. This serves as a reference, which can help professional translation agencies that use translation memory tool for the text translation.
- The translators import the XML file, translate it and then give back the XML file.
- Make a copy of a Captivate package and import the translated XML file. All the text in the course will be replaced, so is ready to publish.
Right to left language compatibility
Previously, it was very difficult to develop courses in left to right languages like Arabic and Hebrew. Now Adobe Captivate 7 has right-left language compatibility, which is a great boon to eLearning course developers.
Here is a sample screen shot from a course done by Commlab India on e-mail etiquette, using Captivate 7.