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1 Moodle localization Regional cooperation and towards official Serbian language pack(s) Regional cooperation and towards official Serbian language pack(s) Branka Ignjić, Živana Komlenov Department of Mathematics and Informatics Faculty of Science University of Novi Sad

2 Moodle is… * a free e-Learning platform (Course Management System) * designed to help educators create instructionaly sound online courses Introduction Moodle has… * Open Source license * modular design

3 * over registered sites (from 191 countries) * more than users * about teachers Statistics * > 60 sites with more than users * Site with most users is moodle.org: ≈ users and 40+ courses

4 Germany1300 Hungary142 Slovenia121 Romania76 Bulgaria64 Croatia64 Bosnia and Herzegovina27 Serbia and Montenegro26 Albania16 Macedonia9 Country sites Statistics

5 * Usage of Moodle in Serbia is rapidly growing. * Computer illiteracy is note too rare among students (schools, universities), as well as poor English language skills. * System itself is created to make localization simple, still a huge job. * Problems which appear are not technical. * There is a special interface for translating strings and help files. Need for localization

6 * First official version – Dragan Simić, Banja Luka, Bosnia * Partial translation for moodle Miloš Bajčetić, Belgrade * Bosnian language pack (incomplete) * Croatian language pack (incomplete) * Grammar–sensitive language pack – Bojan Milosavljević, Kruševac (experimental) Previous relevant lang packs

7 * Translation of interface for Moodle 1.6 – Živana Komlenov * Accepted as the official UTF-8 Serbian language packs (August 2006): Cyrillic & Latin + Bosnian (Cyrillic, local version - a dialect spoken in Bosnia) Current lang packs

8 * Serbian language packs are regularly updated (basic strings + interesting third-party modules). * Translation of help files has been started last winter. Fine-tuning & updates * During DMI’s elective e-Learning seminar, Nikolina Lacković and Branka Ignjić translated 168 help files for Moodle 1.6 and wrote a localization guide (in Serbian).

9 * Recently formed localization team:  Miloš Bajčetić and his students (School of Medicine, Belgrade)  Bojan Milosavljević, Kruševac  Živana Komlenov, Gordana Rakić, Ivan Omorac and Branka Ignjić (Faculty of Science, Novi Sad) * First localization meeting: Novi Sad, July 17, 2007 => Complete interface + more than 50% of help files * New gatherings are planned * Meanwhile, collaboration is continued online Extending localization team

10 Localization Web site

11 * Živana was invited to participate at first Croatian localization meeting as well (June 30, Zagreb). * This workshop was powered by HrOpen (Croatian Society for Open Systems and Internet) Regional collaboration * Chief organizer was HrOpen’s chairman, Kristijan Zimmer, (employed at Information Support Centre, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing).

12 * The meeting was lead by Jasmin Klindžić, who maintains the biggest Moodle site in Croatia, with more than students and over 200 teachers at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Regional collaboration * Miloš Bajčetić joined Živana at this meeting, together with a dozen Moodlers from several Croatian universities.

13 * Maintenance of Serbian language packs * Solving language tangles (main problems: lack of adequate IT terms in Serbian, grammatical errors) * Joint activities in the region (grammar-sensitivity issues) => Reorganization of language packs to handle cases, genders, etc. properly * Possible hiring of lecturers (funding?) Further work

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