Instructional Design Best Practices for Supporting Multiple Languages

February 8, 2023
4 minutes
Mark Sheppard joins #IDIODC.

In today's global economy, instructional designers feel the increasing need to create eLearning solutions that meet the requirements of communicating in different languages. For decades, the answer was simply mandated within large companies requiring all employees, anywhere in the world, to understand English. Problem solved? Not so much.

Thankfully, modern eLearning technology solves the problem of multiple languages. And while we don't have direct links to research, my guess is that most people learn best using their native language. eLearning authoring tools aid instructional designers to create inclusive content and science-based solutions for more effective outcomes. But then the question becomes, how do we do that?

Mark Sheppard joined us, in this episode, to discuss these issues and share his experiences designing and delivering eLearning authoring solutions for audiences requiring multiple languages. We talked about the many challenges and constraints instructional designers may face when encountering a multi-language project. He'll have a few tips and tricks to share as well as insightful truths when it comes to eLearning and translation.

We'd also love to hear from our IDIODC community.

Links shared in chat:

Translation workflows in dominKnow | ONE

twitter: @marklearns
twitter: @2Sphynx

Chris’s Book Recommendation: Babel by R.F. Kuang

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About Mark Sheppard

Whether it’s coming up with new solutions to age-old challenges, or conveying those experiences with conference or podcast audiences, Mark embraces the opportunity to learn and share. Over the course of more than 30 years in the field, he has benefitted from being immersed in a rich milieu of working environments ranging from medical software to military aviation.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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