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ATD RESEARCH: Localization of e-Learning

Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Rocki Basel, Director, Research, ATD and Lorne Novolker, VP, Calian

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Localization of training goes beyond just translating a course; it includes adapting the information to be appropriate for other regions, countries, and cultures. In 2024, ATD research will introduce new research that focuses on localization adoption, effectiveness of localizing trainings, and its impact on accessibility.

Key findings from the report include: 

  • Translating language and phrases was a common way that organizations localized their training. 
  • There are benefits to localizing e-learning. Training was more effective, learners retained more information, training could be completed faster, and satisfaction with training increased. 
  • The top three reasons organizations struggled with localizing content were a lack of time, staff, and funding. 

Primary Capability Covered: Business Insight

Participation in this event, either live or recorded, can be reported for one (1) professional development point toward initial certification eligibility or recertification of the APTD and CPTD credentials. 



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Rocki Basel
Rocki Basel

Director, Research, ATD

Rocki Basel, Ph.D. joined the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in 2022 as the associate director of research. Before joining ATD, she was a researcher for other national membership organizations. Her research interests include workplace culture, employee engagement, mental health, and organizational communication. She has a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University.

Lorne Novolker
Lorne Novolker

VP, Calian

Lorne is a successful entrepreneur, executive, learning and performance improvement expert, passionate about digital transformation and the future of work. Lorne is Vice President, Digital Learning Solutions at Calian Ltd. He co-founded Prospero Learning Solutions Inc. in 1998 and held the roles of President and CEO. When Prospero was acquired by GP Strategies in 2013, Lorne became Vice President of GP Canada running the Canadian operation for GP Strategies and was also part of the GP Strategies global leadership team for the Digital Learning Services and Solutions business.

Lorne has managed projects and relationships with some of the world’s leading organizations across many industries and vertical markets. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Government Departments, Crown Corporations, Post-Secondary Institutions, and not-for-profits.

Lorne, who earned his M.A. in Educational Technology from Concordia University, was a Quebec finalist in 2012 for the Ernst & Yong Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, won a PROMIE Entrepreneur award in 2010, a Leadership Award from The Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Prospero was one of the 2013 PROFIT 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Lorne who also has a lot of experience as a board member for not-for-profit organizations has also won Training industry awards from ISPI, E-learning Guild, CSTD (I4PL), and Brandon-Hall Awards for Excellence.


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