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What are 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.

Three Levels of Language Packs

At the system level

Your institution 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

As the instructor, you can set a language pack that is different from the default to make all users in a course view the same language pack. For example, if you are teaching a Spanish language class, you may want to select Spanish for the course-level language.

At the user level

Individuals may choose their preferred language packs, unless a language pack choice has been set to be enforced.

Customized names for content areas and tools are not changed with the language pack. These values stay the same for all language packs. The default names in the system are translated and appear differently in each language pack.

How to set a language pack

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and select Properties.
  2. On the Properties page, make a selection from the Language Pack list.
  3. Select Enforce Language Pack to always display this course in the selected language pack.
  4. Select 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 by 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

Related Tutorials    video  Changing the Course Language Pack (YouTube video | 1m 40s)

ULTRA: How do I change the language pack?

At this time, the Ultra experience is not available in languages other than US English. We expect additional languages to be supported in 2017.