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Language barrier continue to be a major challenge in MOOC

In 10 years I don't know if we can get this resolved. As of today, most of the main stream MOOCs are still English-based. Thoughts or comments?

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Submitted by Wen Hao Chuang 1 year ago

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    It has always been interesting to me that one of the claimed benefits of MOOCs are extending elite learning experiences to the developing world, and yet (as you pointed out), MOOCs set an early hurdle by doing them English only.

    I still write some programming code (for an open source project called XBMC), and that includes some user facing preferences. My English strings are submitted to a crowd sourced translation engine called Transifex (http://www.transifex.com). Volunteer translators then translate them into their native language, and I download and add them to the program.

    Obviously the amount of content in a MOOC is many orders of magnitude larger, and the video would have to be handled with subtitles. But it's doable with enough additional effort and resources.

    1 year ago