Language Packs are here for Blackboard 9.1!

Dear USD faculty: several new language packs have been installed for Blackboard 9.1 for an even more personalized experience. All languages taught at the University can now be selected in Blackboard 9.1.

The following language packs have been installed:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Taiwanese

The system default language is English.

Blackboard says that:

“Language Packs present Blackboard Learn using language and cultural norms matched to different audiences. Language Pack preferences are defined at the system level, the Course or Organization level, and finally at the user level.

At the Course level, the Instructor can set a language pack and enforce it. Enforcing a language pack means that all users will view the language pack. If the language pack is not enforced, and a user has a preferred language pack associated with their account, the user’s language pack will override the Course language pack.

At the user level, individuals may select their preferred language pack.

Note:   The default names in the system are translated and appear differently in each language pack. Customized names, such as changing the name of a tool, are not changed with the language pack. These values stay the same through all language packs.”

Blackboard then lists directions on selecting language packs:

How to Set a Language Pack

  1. On the Control Panel, click Customization and then click Properties.
  2. Select a language pack from the Language Pack drop-down list.
  3. Click Enforce Language Pack to always display this Course in the selected language pack.
  4. Click Submit.

If a language pack is not chosen for a Course, the Course will display in the user’s preferred language pack or, if the user has not set a preferred language pack, the system default language pack.

You can read more here: Language Packs

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