Last updated on May 3rd, 2021 at 02:36 pm
After the e-learning course has been internationalized, the localization process begins. Localization is the adaptation of e-learning course material into multiple languages.
The goal of localization is to make the course appropriate and useful to each target audience. A translation of the course is not enough. Adaptation is key and there are three levels of adaptions involved in the localization process.
Forms of Adaptation
1) Substantive adaptation
2) Cultural adaptation
3) Linguistic adaptation
In this phase, we do as much as possible to make the course suitable and appropriate for audiences in different locales. Actions involved, including changing the course material or its “substance” to make it understandable to specific audiences from different locales. Examples of “substance” that needs to be changed include:
This process involves making the course content understandable and acceptable to a specific culture. This requires a thorough understanding of the target culture, regarding but not limited to – the following elements:
Linguistic adaptation is the translation process. Besides translating course material, this phase also requires a technical understanding of how the course program works, and the techniques to use for its testing. Elements that may be affected by the linguistic adaptation include:
And with localization, we’ve made our e-learning course suitable for each target culture to use. Our analogical “house” has been well furnished and decorated, and ready for the person/group to move into.