The very nature of an online Learning Management System (LMS) is that you can deploy training across the globe. So, it’s hardly surprising that multilingual support can be a serious consideration.
LMSs are easily accessible from any connected platform and therefore your entire organisation can login to learn, regardless of whether a learner is in China or Indonesia. Given such a diverse geographic and cultural range, your LMS language support will impact both the learners and your L&D team. Your learners will expect their experience to appear in their native language and feel natural and fluid. If your management team are remotely spread remotely then language support will facilitate geographic and cross cultural collaboration to develop, deploy, and track ongoing training.
So, if translation is required, how easy is that to achieve? How much control will you have and will the languages available increase with your own needs?
At Cortexa we believe everything should be both simple and flexible. So, our LMS offering already provides support for 35 languages and these are being continually expanded.
LMS Current Supported Languages
||Chinese – Simplified
|English – United States
||Chinese – Traditional
The translations are provided by individual language packs which can be deployed where required. Multi-language packs can be used across the same country and their use can be activated by various methods. The packs translate every piece of text right down to the smallest detail. That includes captions, navigation icons, and contact forms, as well as online training simulations, branching scenarios, and assessments.
Site administrators set language defaults across the site but then the other installed language packs will become active, depended upon the rule system selected from the options below.
Language autodetect: Select whether your LMS detects and switches language based on your existing browser settings. If this option is disabled, the site default language is used.
Default language: Choose a default language for the whole site. Users can then override this setting using the language menu or the setting in their personal profile. The dropdown menu will display all installed language packs.
Display language menu: Choose whether or not you want to display the general-purpose language menu on the home page, login page, etc. This does not affect the user’s ability to set the preferred language in their own Preferences.
Languages on the language menu: Leave this blank to allow users to choose from any language you have in this installation.
Lastly – Language customisation
To further tailor the experience for any of the various language users, the LMS provides individual targeted customisation. Therefore, at an administration level the selected language can be tweaked, to allow you to change items such as navigation headings, response statements or even button titles. You could be doing this to better reflect a user’s language dialect or because the default terms appear too formal or complex. However, the possibilities are wide ranging and changes can be made to every language set in use.
So to see our multilingual LMS in action why not call Cortexa now on 01933 227226 or use our contact form to get in touch.
Original Article by Cortexa