The Approach and Research of Localization for Student Response System

The Approach and Research of Localization for Student Response System

Gehao Lu (University of Huddersfield, UK and Yunnan University, China), Lan Wang (University of Huddersfield, UK), Joan Lu (University of Huddersfield, UK), Wei Guo (Yunnan University, China) and Jinyan Li (Yunnan University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0936-5.ch008
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Abstract

This paper introduces a multilingual Student Response System (SRS) that is designed to handle anonymously on-the-fly questions for local and distance lectures between teachers and students and is deemed necessary to be utilized in Europe after being tested in classroom for over two years. SRS consists of two friendly and interactive interfaces: a control interface (SRS-CI) on the teacher side and a response interface (SRS-RI) on the student side. The technologies in Flex builder and JavaServer Pages (JSP) are applied to develop multilingual support for SRS-CI and SRS-RI, respectively, based on the method of resource bundles. The localization design and implementation of SRS are carried out in this research as a case study to illustrate and investigate the Flex and JSP-based localization issues for response system. This paper performs linguistic testing against the functionalities provided in SRS, discusses the generated test results and highlights the problems in localization and cross-culture design. Finally, multilingual SRS could make an additional contribution to pedagogical communities to engage trainers and learners whose native languages are other European languages.
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Current Student Response System (SRS) (Lu, Pein, Hansen, Nielsen, & Stav, 2010) is initially derived from the EduMecca project to handle anonymously on-the-fly questions for local and distance lectures between teachers and students. The previous system provides a single language based voting services to allow students to submit anonymous responses. Two friendly and interactive interfaces, a control interface (SRS-CI) (Pein, Scanlon, Lu, Thorseth, Stav, & Moldovan, 2010) on the teacher side and a response interface (SRS-RI) on the student side, are designed in SRS. A teacher needs to enter a “username” and “password” in order to log into the control system, whilst a student only needs to enter a session code generated by the voting service from the teacher side to join into an open session and make voting. The SRS-CI (Pein, Scanlon, Lu, Thorseth, Stav, & Moldovan, 2010) is developed using Flex Builder 3 as a desktop application to run in Adobe Air runtime. This application can be easily used with multiple operating systems and communicate with web service. The application is made transparent and can be automatically updated (Pein, Scanlon, Lu, Thorseth, Stav, & Moldovan, 2010). On the other hand, the simple, intuitive and responsive web-based SRS-RI is implemented using JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology, which has Java embedded in HTML and enables the web page to show dynamic content.

After being developed and tested in classroom for over two years, SRS has been deemed necessary to be utilized in European countries (European Commission, 2011). To integrate multilingual operations into SRS design, it is imperative to carry out internationalization and localization of the system.

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