E-learning Localization: Storyline can help optimize your efforts

August 6, 2014

Businessman pressing modern social type of iconsE-learning localization becomes increasingly important as globalization pushes companies into uncharted territories and workers must be trained across linguistic and cultural barriers.

The success or failure of an e-learning localization project hinges on the program chosen to get the job done. Articulate Storyline is the top e-learning program on the market.

To help explain why Storyline is the program preferred by industry leaders such as Translation Source, take a look at 7 ways Storyline can help optimize your e-learning localization effort.

1. Intuitive Interface.

Storyline’s intuitive interface makes it a breeze to use. Even basic users can learn to navigate the program immediately with no training required. Storyline offers free downloadable templates which have common e-learning features already built in and can be customized to meet your specific needs. E-learning localization projects created in Articulate Studio or Power Point can be easily imported into Storyline.

2. Designed with Translation in Mind.

Translation is an essential component of most e-learning localization projects and Storyline was designed with this in mind. All text can be exported in either Microsoft Word or XML format so that content can be readily translated into as many languages as needed. Formatting is not altered when your translated text is reloaded into the program.  Storyline is prepared to handle right to left languages and double byte characters for translation into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

3. Built-in Characters.

The use of characters, usually through stock photos or illustrations, has proven to be the best way to connect to e-learners. Storyline comes equipped with 47,500 combinations of characters, expressions and poses. This eliminates the tedious and costly process of searching for clipart and paying for photos. Character pack add-ons are also available for a customized e-learning course.

4. Flexible Evaluations.

Storyline offers more dynamic assessment options than any other e-learning program on the market. Even basic users can easily create many different question types. Advanced users can work to integrate sophisticated assessment tools that allow for evaluations at regular intervals throughout the course.

5. Compatibility.

Storyline is designed to be compatible with your learning management system and courses can be published online or to multiple platforms such as iPads and computers. With a simple click of the mouse all your e-learners can access your course in their preferred format, no matter where they are.

6. Interactivity.

Storyline makes it easy to import video in almost any format including videos created with Articulate Replay. Adding interactivity to your e-learning course is simple thanks to Storyline’s setup which uses slide layers. Overlays and triggers can be integrated without creating multiple slides. Content feels more dynamic and alive as the course reacts based on the user’s activity.

7. Community.

The Storyline Community hub includes tutorials, tips, free downloads, forums on best practices, shortcuts, and more.  Download templates from fellow Storyline community member or upload your own template so that other members of your e-learning localization project can use it to streamline your course worldwide.

If you would like additional information on this topic or have questions on planning and executing your next translation or multilingual initiative, contact us today for a free 30-minute consultation or call us at (800) 413-7838.

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