In Search of Localization Criteria for Learning Solutions: Examining the localization needs of Finnish learning solutions in the United Arab Emirates
Tiina Mäkelä, Marja Kankaanranta, University of Jyväskylä, Finland ; Bradley Young, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates ; Qasim Alshannag, the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Despite the acknowledged necessity for localizing learning solutions developed in one cultural context to satisfy the requirements of another, the question of how to achieve this in practice has remained elusive. Although some answers have been provided to illuminate technical localization processes, only in recent years more attention has been given to important educational and socio-cultural factors. In this paper, we will describe on-going research efforts related to creating a localization framework for defining country specific localization criteria. The preliminary framework was developed from a literature review and subsequently refined through international research collaboration. In addition to presenting the initial framework to be tested by examining learning solutions through expert evaluations, this paper discusses initial findings along with highlighting the potential localization needs identified when localizing Finnish learning solutions in the United Arab Emirates.
Mäkelä, T., Kankaanranta, M., Young, B. & Alshannag, Q. (2014). In Search of Localization Criteria for Learning Solutions: Examining the localization needs of Finnish learning solutions in the United Arab Emirates. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2596-2603). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 24, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/147847/.
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