Translate a course

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This feature requires the Globalization Solution. Contact your Account Manager to learn more.

Authors can make their courses available in other languages through the translation feature. SCORM courses cannot be translated.

The full workflow for making a course available in a new language is:

  1. Declare a new language
  2. Translate the course in the new language
  3. Make the course available to Learners in the new language

You may optionally assign Translators, who will be in charge of translating the contents (but cannot change the structure of the course, or the original content).

Declare a new language

This allows you to translate your course, without making it public.

  1. In the left sidebar, click Dashboard
  2. In the left sidebar, click COURSES
  3. On the right of the name of the course, click Edit (pen icon)
  4. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  5. Below Translators, click +
  6. On the bottom left, click Add a language
  7. In the dropdown menu, select a language
  8. On the bottom right, click SAVE
  9. On the bottom right, click CLOSE
    • Arabic
    • Bulgarian
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • English
    • Finnish
    • French
    • German
    • Greek
    • Hungarian
    • Indian
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Norwegian
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Romanian
    • Russian
    • Serbian
    • Slovenian
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Vietnamese

Assign a Translator to a language

The Translator role allows a user to translate the contents of all the activities of a course, through a dedicated interface. Any user may be added as a Translator.

The Translator cannot edit the original contents of the course (unless they are also the Author or a Co-author of the course).

  1. In the left sidebar, click Dashboard
  2. In the left sidebar, click COURSES
  3. On the right of the name of the course, click Edit (pen icon)
  4. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  5. Below Translators, click +
  6. On the right of the column Available, click Add new translator
  7. Select users
  8. On the bottom right, click CONFIRM
  9. On the bottom right, click CLOSE

Translators then receive an email inviting them to translate the course, with a button to open the translation interface directly. This email is the only way for Translators to access the course; make sure their email notifications are enabled. If needed, you can send reminder emails.

To remove a Translator from a language, follow the steps above and unselect the user on step 7.

Send a reminder email to the Translators of a language

You can send a reminder to users who have a Translator role on a language. This will instantly send the same email as the one that was sent when they were first added as Translators.

  1. In the left sidebar, click Dashboard
  2. In the left sidebar, click COURSES
  3. On the right of the name of the course, click Edit (pen icon)
  4. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  5. Below Translators, click +
  6. On the right of the column Available, click Send notification email to translators (icon of a letter)

Translate the contents of a course

As the course’s main Author, Co-author or Translator of a course, you can translate the contents of a course.

Translate manually

If you’ve been added as a Translator, click the button TRANSLATE THIS COURSE in the notification email you received.

If you’re the course’s main Author or a Co-author:

  1. Open the course in edition mode
  2. In the top banner, click Translate

You are now in the translation interface. You can see the Source content (in gray, which cannot be edited) at the bottom, and the Translated content (which you can edit) at the top.

  1. In the left sidebar, click GENERAL SETTINGS and translate the course Title and Summary
  2. Then, browse through the various activities, and start translating the contents

All changes are instantly saved when you click outside the text field.

Translate using a XLIFF file

As the course’s main Author or Co-author, you can use an XLIFF file to automatically translate a course.

This can be useful if you’re working with a translation agency; they can work on the XLIFF file without requiring access to your platform.

First, generate the XLIFF file:

  1. Open the course in edition mode
  2. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  3. Below Translators, click +
  4. On the right of the column Available, click Generate XLIFF file (icon of a downward arrow)

Then, translate the contents in the XLIFF file.

Finally, import the translated XLIFF file on the platform:

  1. Open the course in edition mode
  2. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  3. Below Translators, click +
  4. On the right of the column Available, click Import XLIFF file (icon of an upward arrow)

You can translate the title of documents (uploaded files, videos or embedded documents from external sources) with the XLIFF export, but not the document itself. We therefore suggest manually updating the translated version document in the translation interface, after having imported the translated XLIFF file.

Make a language available to Learners

Once your course is translated, you can make that language available to Learners.

  1. In the left sidebar, click Dashboard
  2. In the left sidebar, click COURSES
  3. On the right of the name of the course, click Edit (pen icon)
  4. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  5. Below Translators, click +
  6. In the column Available, check the box

Learners will now be able to select the new language in the top bar, from the course homepage, or when they are playing the course. The translated version of the course will also be available in the Catalog (if the course is shared there) and will appear in search results.

If the course is available in the Learner’s profile language, it will be displayed in that language. Otherwise, the course will be displayed in the course language (as defined in the course’s general settings).

You can remove the language from the list of available languages by following the steps above, and unchecking the box at step 6.

Delete a language in a course

This will also delete all the translation content for the course.

  1. In the left sidebar, click Dashboard
  2. In the left sidebar, click COURSES
  3. On the right of the name of the course, click Edit (pen icon)
  4. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  5. Below Translators, click +
  6. On the right of the column Available, click Delete (trash icon)

Bonus trick: change the language of a translation

You can use XLIFF files to change the language of a translation (for instance, if a Slovakian translation was incorrectly labeled as Ukrainian).

  1. Open the course in edition mode
  2. In the left sidebar, at the top, click GENERAL SETTINGS
  3. Below Translators, click +
  4. On the right of the column Available, click Generate XLIFF file (icon of a downward arrow)
  5. Edit the XLIFF file, and replace the value of target-language
    • In the example above: target-language="uk"target-language="sk"
  6. On the right of the column Available, click Import XLIFF file (icon of an upward arrow)
  7. Remove the original language
    • In the example above: Ukrainian

 

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