My department manager, David Nielson, found this article and shared it on Yammer with our ID community this week. I really appreciated seeing that I am not the only one pushing for globalization via RLOs (Reusable Learning Objects)–and especially that I have the support of my managing director (a P.hD. in ID from BYU)
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Globalizing E-learning for International Audiences
First, let’s define “globalization” as the term is used in this article.According to the
“Globalization Industry Primer” published by the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), the term“…refers to all of the business decisions and activities required to make an organization truly international in scope and outlook. Globalization is the transformation of business and processes to support customers around the world, in whatever language, country or culture they require.”Notice the focus on business and process. Therefore, how does globalization apply to the design, development and implementation of e-learning?
To date, to globalize e-learning courses, organizations have treated them as software products that underwent the technical processes of internationalization, localization and translation to prepare them for global distribution. Internationalization ensures that developers engineer the product to accommodate subsequent localization and translation.