Break language barriers: Automatic content translation in seconds

With our new feature, complete channels can be automatically translated into nearly 30 target languages. Since individual countries often have special requirements, the content can still be manually post-processed or even converted into standalone channels. You can find more details in this article.

Easy internationalization through automatic translation of content

Our customers employ people from and in a wide range of countries. Therefore, it is important that learning content in chunkx can be provided quickly and without much effort in the appropriate languages. To simplify this process, customers can now have entire channels automatically translated in chunkx creator via DeepL interface.

This is how simple translations work in chunkx

Each channel can be translated into currently about 30 languages. A translation takes about 10-30 seconds, depending on the volume of content.

Then the channel appears as a translation below the main channel and can be reviewed, further edited and put online.

Internationalization and regionalization

Customers have different requirements for translations, which can vary depending on the subject and target group. Often a 1:1 translation is sufficient, this is called internationalization. However, sometimes the learning content needs to be adapted to regional requirements. In this case, we speak of regionalization.
In chunkx, both are easily possible. A translated channel can be further edited so that central terms, product names or, if necessary, entire paragraphs can be changed according to regional requirements. It is also possible to add or delete content. Authors retain control over whether the channel should still be a “translation” after the changes or whether it has moved so far from the original that it should be converted to a regular channel.

Optimized selection for learners

In chunkx, learners can not only set their main language, but specify other languages they speak. According to this information, channels are selected in our micro-learning app optimized for learners. And if it is not the right language, the selection can be easily changed.

Why DeepL?

Let’s get back to the technical side: We looked at different ways to translate content. From Google Transl ate to DeepL to translations with OpenAI GPT models. DeepL has convinced us on the one hand regarding the quality and on the other hand as a German company regarding data protection. We also found translations with language models like OpenAI’s GPT-4 very exciting, as contexts can be better taken into account, but the quality was not yet reliable enough. However, we will keep a very close eye on developments here!

When do you start with chunkx?

With chunkx, we’ve created the solution to turn your one-time learning activities into continuous learning experiences. We address language barriers and regional requirements with our automated translation and the ability to customize individual translations. Talk to us about your company’s learning culture, your challenges, and how we can help you with chunkx.

New integration: HTML Widgets

Our famous feature to subscribe to learning content can now be easily integrated as HTML widget directly on your website, intranet page and learning portal. Just copy and paste code from our chunkx creator and go! In this article we explain the details and show you an example.

What is the point of subscribing to learning content?

There are usually already an insane number of learning opportunities in companies: Learning platforms, specially created courses, trainings, webinars, etc. They take place as one-off measures and learners then receive a maximum of PDFs that they will probably never look at again. What is learned is quickly forgotten and the impact for the company and the learners is manageable – especially when you consider how much time and money goes into such measures. With chunkx, we turn one-time learning moments into continuous learning experiences and make it easy to subscribe to learning content from important training. You can find out more about chunkx and subscribing to content here.

To integrate subscribing even more into our customers’ systems now, we have developed our new HTML widgets.

What are HTML widgets?

That’s what we call our small HTML code snippets that make it easy to integrate the function of subscribing to channels and learning content into other HTML pages as a so-called iframe. Such a code may look like this, for example:

					<div class="isf-container">
    <iframe src="" allowtransparency = "true" style="border:0;" title="Subscription form">
    .isf-container{position:relative;height:600px;overflow:hidden;width:100%;}.isf-container iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;}

Previously, customers could already easily link their pages to subscribe to the channels. E.g. like this one:

But often learners are not supposed to leave the portal, intranet site, or website. Then you can use our HTML widget.

HTML Widget in Action

And this is what the whole thing looks like when you not only display the code above, but integrate it. Feel free to try it out and subscribe to this showcase channel from us. Don’t worry, there are no hidden costs either.

When course content is presented on a public or semi-public website, as above, the question naturally arises as to how the content can be protected. We have implemented various functions for this purpose:

  1. Domain Protection
    The admins of our customers can define in chunkx creator which email domains are allowed to subscribe to their channels. For example, for the Showcase channel, we could set that only users with an email ending in should have access. Our robust verification system ensures that only genuine owners of the registered email can access the content.
  2. Access restricted channels
    After we have already made the first restriction via the domain, in the next step we can also define which users should have access at all. For this, we can either define rules, such as that all users in my organization with the role “Data Scientist” should have access. In addition, I can also activate individual users for the channel in a targeted manner. Then, each time you try to subscribe to the channel, the authorization is checked based on the email address.
  3. One-Time Passwords
    To make sure that it really is the owner of the particular email address, we send one-time passwords that can be quickly and easily entered to authenticate yourself.
  4. Single sign-on
    If you would like to avoid public pages despite our security measures, we can also implement single sign-on based on the systems and authentication methods you already use. For learning management systems, for example, LTI 1.3 is a good choice. Just talk to us about it and we will find a solution.

When do you start with chunkx?

With chunkx, we’ve created the solution to turn your one-off learning activities into continuous learning experiences, including through our HTML widgets. Talk to us about your company’s learning culture, your challenges, and how we can help you with chunkx.

New feature: personalized summaries in chunkx

Sustainable learning requires time and reflection. That’s why with chunkx we make it easy to subscribe to the content of existing trainings & courses to support learning transfer in small units and on-the-job. A great new feature for this is the personalized summaries that are now sent out as part of our weekly learning review. They show learners the key messages of their individually worked learning units from the respective week and make it easy to reflect and anchor learned material again.

Limitations of LMS and LXP

Traditional learning management systems (LMS) or learning experience platforms (LXP) do not directly access the content that learners are working on. Courses are linked via SCORM or other standards and may also be opened directly by the system, but exactly what content is in them is not known to the system. It usually only knows the metadata, such as the title and a short description. In some, and by no means all, cases, the system also knows what the learner’s progress is, such as being on page 5 of 20. However, the system does not know what was explained in terms of content on these first 5 pages and whether any gaps in the person’s knowledge were identified.

Learning content analysis in chunkx

With chunkx, things are different: In chunkx, microlearning units can be created, managed and played out directly. Innovative AI functions also make it possible to transform the learning content of existing trainings and courses into microlearning units and continuously play them out to learners. In other words: Subscribe to the learning content. chunkx thus has direct access to the content and can evaluate which content has been worked on by a learner in a week. For each learning unit, the key message is identified and presented in the user’s language. If more than five core messages are generated in a week, data on the current state of knowledge in chunkx can be used to make the selection even more appropriate and, if possible, support where the most learning is needed.

Seamless learning

Reflecting on what you have already learned is one thing, learning something new is another. Each communication event in chunkx, such as the weekly learning review or new recommendations, is also used to calculate which microlearning unit should be selected next for the user. In this way, communication and information occasions are optimally used to provide a low-threshold opportunity for seamless further learning. The microlearning units themselves are presented as completely as possible in terms of content. So users are not only made aware, but learning can happen immediately. The channels used are email or MS Teams, also for the personalized summaries.

chunkx personalized summaries

More AI features in chunkx

In chunkx, artificial intelligence and smart algorithms are used in a variety of ways:

  1. In content creation, to relieve authors and to efficiently transform existing learning content into microlearning units including learning tasks.
  2. In keywording, to be able to efficiently analyze and relate content.
  3. This is especially important for our adaptive learning algorithms. Here, we keep on using rule-based calculations, but we also experiment a lot in the areas of machine learning and AI.
  4. In skill analysis and referencing skill ontologies such as ESCO to relate content to standardized or company-defined skills.
  5. For recommendations for further learning. Again, the content is analyzed mathematically and related to other content, such as exciting articles, courses, or other learning units. Particularly exciting for companies and organizations with large product databases and knowledge bases: These can also potentially be used by us to provide learners with optimal recommendations.
  6. In personalizing learning content, such as the custom-created summaries shown here, which we will gradually incorporate at other places in our Learning Experience.

With chunkx, we’ve created the solution to turn your one-off learning activities into continuous learning experiences, such as personalized summaries. Talk to us about your learning culture and the changes in your organization and how chunkx can best support you.

Learning objectives in chunkx

We have released a new update of chunkx. We would like to briefly introduce one function from the update: Learning Objectives. From now on, our authors can add learning objectives to their channels in chunkx creator. This allows learners to be given a performance target and the results to be stored for documentation purposes.

What do "learning objectives" mean exactly?

Learning objectives complement your channels in chunkx and give learners specific targets. E.g. that 10 microlearning units must be worked on in 6 months and the tasks for this must be answered correctly. While authors cannot access the evaluations of individual users, they can see who has already completed it in the learning objectives. The purpose behind this is that learning objectives are often used for topics where completion must be demonstrated and documented.

What settings are possible?

Authors can define whether tasks of the microlearning units have to be edited only or solved correctly. You can select how many microlearning units need to be processed and you can define the time period. It is possible to define optionally and to the day a time period for the respective learning goal.

The learning target can be repeated automatically. For example:

  • yearly,
  • weekly,
  • monthly and
  • quarterly.

In this way, learners get the appropriate support they need. This is how easy it is to promote continuous and sustainable learning, tailored to your own prior knowledge, with chunkx.

What is the difference to certificates in the LMS?

In typical eLearnings, a distinction is made between participation and passing the final test; in chunkx, learning objectives are instead controlled based on the micro-learning units. The learning objectives in chunkx can thus be set up in a smaller way and repeated more frequently. Instead of going through a 30-minute web-based training 1x a year, learning objectives can be set so that, for example, 1x a quarter up to 5 microlearning units have to be completed.

The effect is immediately apparent: learners benefit from more frequent repetition and moments of reflection. What is learned is not simply forgotten and is available when needed. The selection of microlearning content is adaptive and always adjusts to the individual.

More information and contact

You can find more on our page about learning objectives in chunkx and in the chunkx creator.

Is the topic relevant to you? Contact us to schedule a personal presentation appointment. We’ll then look together at how you and your organization can best benefit from the new features and how we can interface with your other learning systems as needed.