Learn@UW - Preparing Students for Course Sites in another Language
UW instructors tested the Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, and Spanish language packs. (UW System purchased the other packs as part of a package deal.)
Instructors can demonstrate course site use and provide helpful information for language course students whose course sites are in another language.
When testing these language packs, some instructors suggested that they could envision the packs used in intermediate and advanced language, literature, and culture courses. Others thought that they could be used in beginning courses as well (implementation for beginning courses would likely be based on the pedagogical approach of the instructor / department).
If you choose to implement a language pack, please prepare your students. Some suggestions:
- Inform students that their course site will be in the target language.
- Equip them with key vocabulary to help them navigate the site.
- Demonstrate (in class or by screencast video) how to use the specific areas of the course site that your students will need.
98% of UW students have used Learn@UW in at least one course, so many of them are familiar with the basic set up of course sites. However, Desire2Learn (the system that drives Learn@UW) performs occasional interface upgrades and some instructors customize their sites considerably. A changed interface may prove tricky in a different language even for returning users (to say nothing of incoming freshmen). Please prepare your students if you do decide to use a language pack.
Learn@UW - Changing Language Settings (Instructors and Students)