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Opensource Training Module

The South African localisation firm has been charged to create a self-study training module with “opensource” as its topic. Over the next two months, this module will be planned, developed and written by Samuel Murray.


Designing an opensource training module forms part of the “Training Development and Delivery” (TD&D) subtask of the Pan African Localisation Network's ANLOC project to promote ITC in Africa. Although the parent project is concerned specifically with Africa, the task of designing the opensource module is of a more global nature.

The TD&D subtask of ANLOC concerns creating training modules in the format used by TILP (The Institute for Localisation Professionals). The training modules created by ANLOC will form part of future TILP training courses for CLP (certified localization professional), as electives.

Specifically with Africa in mind, ANLOC will design modules for four or five languages or regions in Africa. The Arabic module (in Arabic) has alread been created by the Egyptian localisation firm Arabize. The development of a Sesotho module (in English) is currently underway in conjunction with Pheledi Mathibela, who was commissioned by the South African localisation firm for the task.

The training modules are licensed under a Creative Commons license. ANLOC, the TD&D and the task of designing the opensource module is funded by the IDRC.

What does a typical CLP module look like?

The Wikipedia article about the CLP is fairly comprehensive and worth a read. The self-study modules are made available via a Moodle portal that allows students to interact and trainers to monitor the activity of students. The self-study modules all follow roughly the format, which will also be used for the opensource module.

The CLP modules were developed by many different people and every module is slightly different. For example, some modules regard the reading list as something students should read beforehand, whereas others clearly regard the reading list as a resource for further reading. Some of the reading lists contain virtually no online references (who knows what students are to do if they have no access to a large university's library).

Each module consists of a reading list and three to four PowerPoint presentations with additional notes inline. It is typically assumed that the trainer (who will visit the students once a year for an intensive 4-5 day coaching session) will be familiar with the module content, and therefore the PowerPoint presentations need not be extremely comprehensive.

Design process of the opensource module

The opensource module will be designed and written in March/April 2009. A broad schematic already exists and now the details just have to be filled in.

Continue to page 2… broad schematic of the opensource module.