How COVID-19 Quarantine Strongly Enhances Elearning Localization Opportunities

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"Elearning Localization Opportunities"

Nowadays, there are many elearning platforms offering online courses either paid or for free. These courses may be provided by well-known universities or by people who are experts in a topic. For students, they need professional curriculums if they’re going to study from home.

As a public health emergency, COVID-19 forces people to quarantine themselves to stay safe. Schools and universities are shutting down and shifting to online learning. This pandemic may trigger a boom in online education and study from home.

Whether it’s video streaming, virtual classes, online courses or any other form of elearning solutions, the world is now shifting to online education.
Such a pandemic may have benefits on elearning industry, which in result will benefit the elearing localization industry as well.

In this article, you will read
 1- Online Education Case Study - China 
 2- Working From Home and Training opportunity 
 3- Most Important Elearning Trends in 2020
 4- 17 Best Online Free Elearning Platforms
 5- Elearning as an Ultimate Solution for the MENA Region's Educational Gap
 6- Elearning Localization Services 

 

Online Education Case Study - China

180 million Chinese students of primary, secondary and tertiary schools are staying home. The spring semester in China was scheduled to begin on February 17, but due to the pandemic, it has been postponed. Thus, Chinese schools and universities are switching to online education on a massive scale.
A great number of Chinese higher education students are registered in Australian universities, but in response to the pandemic, the Australian government has restricted travels from China.
As a result, Australian higher education institutions are working on enhancing their online capacity to deliver courses to their students properly. And while all universities are using online learning management systems (LMS) and virtual classes’ technology, there are no specific standards for online education.
This could somehow cause an issue since some students are not familiar with online or blended learning. Thus, students should online and get some tips and instructions on how could they benefit the most.

During the SARS pandemic, China had to find out some replacing forms of distance education. This made students more deeply familiar with online tools, at least temporarily.
The current situation of global online education suggests COVID-19 may result in more exposure in regions with enough resources, connectivity, and infrastructure. However, it is also more likely to result in chronic deficiencies in less prepared countries.

  

Working From Home and Training Opportunities

Although the education market is very large, these emerging opportunities for elearning are not exclusive to this exact market. Corporates too are shifting their systems to work from home, which means that meetings and training will be held via online tools.
The training and courses that any corporate has to offer to their employees or clients would now be shifted to elearning materials accessible for whoever needs it on the spot.

 

Most Important Elearning Trends in 2020

  1. Gamification
  2. Personalization of Learning
  3. Social Learning
  4. Mobile Learning
  5. Microlearning
  6. Focus on Soft Skills
  7. Digitization of Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  8. Data-Driven Practices
  9. Videos

17 Best Online Free Elearning Platforms

There are many elearning platforms that provide online free materials as an initiative to help the world pass the pandemic, such as Coursera, which is providing free access to over 3,800 courses and 400 specializations from leading universities and companies. Udemy also provided some free courses but was limited for 24 hours.
Best online free elearning platforms include:
  1. Coursera
  2. Khan Academy
  3. Open Culture Online Courses
  4. Udemy
  5. Academic Earth
  6. edX
  7. Alison
  8. iTunesU Free Courses
  9. Stanford Online
  10. Harvard Extension
  11. Open Yale Courses
  12. UC Berkeley Class Central
  13. MIT OpenCourseWare
  14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
  15. Codecademy
  16. University of London Podcasts
  17. University of Oxford Podcasts

 

ELearning as an Ultimate Solution for the MENA Region’s Educational Gap: 

Across the MENA region, face-to-face learning is more valued within the educational culture. But recently, according to the rise in blended learning, online learning is becoming more acceptable. With technological availability and internet accessibility, it’s likely to witness a great and continued shift towards online learning. Briefly, online learning may be more accepted in the MENA region when it’s localized and done in the blended approaches context that balances face-to-face and online learning.
 
Some women face social barriers and are restricted in their use of public space and institutions, who for sure would want access to online learning to get the chance to gain equal access to quality education. In addition, an increasing youthful refugee population is frustrated by a lack of learning opportunities. Online learning could be a savior for both women and youthful refugees, as they can connect through mobile or desktop and learn online.
 
The lifelong learning mindset is expected to grow in the MENA region in the next 10 years, with people needing to stay updated with skills and knowledge to cope with the job market needs. The demand for open and blended degree programs, certificates and diplomas are already rising, especially if presented in the learner’s native language.
 
The languages used across the  MENA region are several, including the bi-directional languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, HassaniyaYiddishSwahili, and other African languages.


Elearning Localization Services

Our eLearning localization process consists of:

- CONTENT ADAPTATION

​We recreate and adapt the content to match different market needs, cultural aspects, and context to provide learners with a localized experience by using native subject matter experts. We take culturally appropriate colors, symbols, and clothing into consideration.

- TRANSLATION

​Content is adaptively translated by our subject matter experts.  It’s our well-balanced equation that will get the work done efficiently!

- QUALITY

Right after the translation process, the translated material gets proof-read, prepared and tested. Our Quality Assurance process includes checking for any linguistic or functional mistakes and testing it using our in-house created tools.

- MULTIMEDIA

Whether you’re aiming at using voice-over or subtitling, Saudisoft is able to portray your messages clearly. Professional native voice over artists is carefully chosen to match your preferences.
If you prefer adding subtitles to the narration of your course, we have expert subtitling engineers who are able to convert all your content into subtitles considering time-coding and closed captions for hard-hearing audiences.

 
- ENGINEERING & LAYOUT

Our engineers integrate your translated content, audio voice over and video into the course and ensure that it functions seamlessly. We offer Desktop Publishing services for images and documents such as quizzes. Before your content goes live, our testing phase ensures that it’s error-free and ready for publishing. We work with the latest authoring tools, such as Lectora Inspire & Articulate Storyline, and support eLearning formats such as HTML 5, Scorm, xAPI, HTML5, AICC, and cmi5, in order to publish your course directly to your Learning Management System (LMS) in just a few clicks. We can also integrate your flash course into HTML 5. Whether you are teaching people soft skills, technical skills or educational content, Saudisoft has helped many international clients translate and localize their Computer Based Training or eLearning materials into different languages. We have served clients in many sectors including Automotive, Oil and Gas, Government, Education, Finance, Healthcare and IT.
 

Why go Global with Saudisoft?

With more than 30 years in the localization industry, Saudisoft has been offering translation and localization services for the Learning industry in multiple languages, and now with the evolution of learning to become an Elearning process saudisoft is one of the best localization companies that you can deal with. 

Our core strength lies in our expertise with bi-directional languages, such as Arabic & Farsi and other Middle Eastern languages such as Urdu and African languages. We support many other languages and have helped translate millions of words into over 30 languages.  

We have helped clients in different industries (Education, IT, Oil & Gas, financial & business, automotive, medical and manufacturing industries), translate their eLearning content with the highest level of linguistic quality and technical accuracy.
 
Seeing such growth in the Learning market in the Middle East should make you consider localizing your eLearning content and share your knowledge in new markets. Saudisoft could be your best guide and assistant through this localization journey! 



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