The number of learning organizations who make the decision to expand across language barriers continues to grow. While it is true that it has never been easier to offer digital and knowledge-based products to billions of people, this does not mean servicing customers in a different location is always smooth sailing. For every geographical barrier that is no longer insurmountable, a cultural breach or technological glitch is sure to appear. The solution: an intuitive approach that identifies the user’s location and language to offer a solution that feels just right from the moment they visit the webpage.
As this blog post from Paradiso Solutions details, localization and multilingualism are complementary but different parts of the equation:
A multilingual site is capable of offering its portfolio of learning content across different languages. While the ideal arrangement would offer every course and resource in each of the target languages, companies can focus on the specific needs of each location.
And a localized site takes it a step further and examines the content itself, to make sure the content speaks to a situation that actually takes place in the destination language.
Simple examples of the importance of localization include items such as food or physical destinations that are more common, if not exclusive, to one locality or one language. The post emphasizes the implications in business contexts. A multilingual LMS could be set up as a preliminary step towards the internationalization of a team. Workers would be able to find a common set of rules and language to better interact with mates from other latitudes. They might even find special resources, specific to each locality, that help explain some of the rules, customs, and expressions used by team members that happen to live thousands of miles apart.
Note: Paradiso is a sponsor of MoodleNews.
This Moodle Practice related post is made possible by: eThink Education, a Certified Moodle Partner that provides a fully-managed Moodle experience including implementation, integration, cloud-hosting, and management services. To learn more about eThink, click here.