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How do I translate my course/catalog entry?

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By default, your course/catalog entry (both the interface and the content) is set up to be easily localized.

Change the interface language

Click the globe (language) icon in the toolbar and select the desired language for the site interface.


  • If you do not see the globe icon, additional Application languages have not been added to your site in the Site management > Website card
  • The list of available Default and Application languages is more limited than the list of languages supported for catalog entry translation.

Create multiple language versions of your course

Dawn allows you to create and enable multiple language versions (including Custom languages) of any course/catalog entry in your site and set different default languages for different learners.

  1. Create a course in original language
  2. Choose new language and translate content
  3. Learners choose from Available languages

1. Create a course in original language

Build your course as you would any other in the language you are most comfortable authoring in then:

  1. In the Available languages dropdown, select all of the languages you want available.
  2. In the Default language dropdown, select the language you want the course to be defaulted to.
    • Note: All administrator content and reports use Default language.
  3. When multiple languages are enabled for a course, a language chooser appears in the toolbar. While building the original course, choose the language that you're most comfortable authoring in.

2. Choose new language and translate content

Once your course is created in the original language, you can start translating for different languages:

  1. In the language chooser in the course toolbar, select the language you want to translate to. Choosing a new language from the toolbar allows you to edit translatable fields (titles, descriptions, videos, resources, etc) to that language without overwriting the content in the original language.
    • Note: Changes to the Catalog, Coaches, Mastery settings; the Published toggle; and the course structure (adding, removing, or reordering sections and activities) in any language is always applied to the entire course, so all language versions must always have the same structure and mastery criteria.
  2. Translate:
  3. Repeat for each desired language.

Translate content

For each language, translate:

Any content that is not translated continues to appear in the Default language.

Translate video transcripts

If you translate your video's audio for each language, you can upload the translated video and generate the transcript in the new language. If you are keeping the audio in the original language and translating the transcript for subtitles, follow the instructions below.

In the course editor:

  1. Make sure you have the correct language selected in the Language chooser.
  2. Select an uploaded video in the table of contents (not a YouTube and Vimeo video).
  3. Click Edit transcript, interactions and overlays button in the Video card.

Note: If you don't see a transcript, you may need to create the transcript. Do this in your Template and recreate your translation course.

  1. Open the More menu under the Transcript and select Translate transcript.
  1. Select the desired language.
  2. Click Translate.

The transcript for this video is automatically translated. Repeat for all videos.

You can also provide transcripts in multiple languages in any course in this way, allowing your users to select the language they want to see it in.

Translate course interactions and content

You all can translate the remaining course content, including section titles, interactions, and directions using Dawn's Auto translate tool.

To do so:

  1. Make sure you have the correct language selected in the Language chooser.
  2. Click the Auto translate button next to the Language chooser.
  3. Dawn automatically offers to translate the content into the language you've chosen.
  4. If you've already translated some of the content and want to overwrite it, check the Overwrite existing translations box. If you want to keep those translations, leave it unchecked.
  5. Click Translate.

Note: Auto translate does not work for Custom languages. They will still have to be translated manually.

All translatable fields are translated into the selected language. You still need to translate media and video transcripts manually.

3. Learners choose from Available languages

When learners enroll, they can choose any of the Available languages. The Catalog automatically selects the language the learner has specified for their site interface (if the course supports that language).

Once in the course, they can still select any of the Available languages.

When administrators enroll learners, they are also able to select the Default language for the enrollments. Learners can always change their language after enrollment.


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