Online education: no longer lost In translation

Amidst live-streamed commencement ceremonies and webcasted graduation speeches, the debate over online education comes up more often than usual, Forbes reports. Learning remotely through educational resources associated with top universities – Udacity, Coursera, and edX among the leading providers – has become very popular. Some students choose to receive their degrees online. For those who live in various parts of the globe – Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa – online is the only way to access the teachers from top schools. For non-English learners it can be a challenge, but it seems that they will have more options very soon. Coursera, one of the most popular providers for MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has recently partnered with eight countries to translate its lectures for students around the world. The company will translate selected courses into many popular languages such as Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Ukrainian, Kazakh, and Arabic. Each Coursera Global Translation Partner will begin by translating 3-5 select courses, with the majority of translated courses being available by September 2013. This month, Coursera announced its Global Partnership with Victor Pinchuk Foundation for translation of its courses.

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