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Using Language Packs

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 system level, your school defines one language pack as the system default. This is the language pack that appears when no other language pack is specified at the course level or at the user level.

At the course level, you can set a language pack and enforce it. Enforcing a language pack means that all users will view the language pack. For example, one possible reason to enforce a language pack's use is for a course teaching that language. 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, unless a language pack choice has been set to be enforced.

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.

To view this site in other languages, select the language in the upper-right corner of the page.

How to Set a Language Pack

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and click Properties.
  2. On the Properties page, 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 you do not choose a language pack 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.

Course Areas Not Impacted by Language Pack Selections

For the most part, the Control Panel appears in the selected language pack of a course. It does not appear in the language pack selected for the user. In a few places within a course, the page will display using the system default or the user’s preferred language pack rather than the course language pack. The following pages will not display in the selected course language pack:

  • Control Panel > Course Information > Edit Item, Copy Item, Add Item, Delete Item
  • Control Panel > Copy Files to Content Collection
  • Control Panel > Discussion Board > Add Forum
  • Control Panel > Announcements > Confirmation receipt

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