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Matt Reider
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Hi there,

I have been working on a free / open source course management tool (php/mysql) for a few months now - it is being used by a few Universities here in the U.S. and I have big plans for it. I know there are a couple of products like this already, but none that did what we needed - pretty simple to use - basic functionality.

Anyhow, I need some help from people who would like to get involved. I am thinking about translating the application into different languages. This wouldn't take place until late October or November. So far I have a professor in the Netherlands who will translate it into French and German. I am looking for Spanish and Italian next. I would send you a word document of all the 'phrases' to be translated directly.

If you are interested in looking at the tool - please visit wordcircle.org. You can download the source code, or set up a test course on my server to see how it works.

Appreciate any feedback / help.

-Matt Reider

mreider at wordcircle.org

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Matt writes:

I know there are a couple of products like this already, but none that did what we needed - pretty simple to use - basic functionality.

The one that is really catching on among language teachers is Moodle (http://moodle.org) probably because of the large number of different languages in which it is available - 47 at the last count. The EUROCALL 2004 conference featured Moodle in one of the pre-conference workshops, and there were a couple of papers on Moodle. See the EUROCALL 2004 website:

http://www.e-lisa.at/eurocall/

You could try writing to the EUROCALL discussion list to see if anyone wants a translation job. By the way, ALWAYS use a native speaker of the target language when employing a translator. This is standard practice in the translating profession. Non-native speakers make more mistakes than they think they do! :) I know - I've worked as a professional translator: from German into English. I would NEVER attempt to produce a publishable translation from English into German without having it checked by a native speaker of German.

Here is the URL of the EUROCALL discussion list:

http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/eurocall-members.html

EUROCALL's main website is at:

http://www.eurocall-languages.org

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks for your response.

I am a Moodle user and I think it is a great product. For what we were doing, Moodle had a steep learning curve. It was hard for me to believe - as I find the product rather intuitive, but most of my users are still getting comfortable with clicking mice.

As for translation, I appreciate what you are saying. I have Dutch gentleman who is helping with French and German. I also have native Chinese and Japanese speakers. Spanish is pretty easy to find around these parts (California).

Do you find Moodle to be overwhelming for new users?

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Matt asks:

Do you find Moodle to be overwhelming for new users?

Personally, I don't use it. I just know people who do. I have a thing about VLEs in general. I don't use any and probably never will.

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