Enhancing Access to Online Education: Quality Machine Translation of MOOC Content

Valia Kordoni, Antal van den Bosch, Katia Lida Kermanidis, Vilelmini Sosoni, Kostadin Cholakov, Iris Hendrickx, Matthias Huck, Andy Way

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The present work is an overview of the TraMOOC (Translation for Massive Open Online Courses) research and innovation project, a machine translation approach for online educational content. More specifically, videolectures, assignments, and MOOC forum text is automatically translated from English into eleven European and BRIC languages. Unlike previous approaches to machine translation, the output quality in TraMOOC relies on a multimodal evaluation schema that involves crowdsourcing, error type markup, an error taxonomy for translation model comparison, and implicit evaluation via text mining, i.e. entity recognition and its performance comparison between the source and the translated text, and sentiment analysis on the students' forum posts. Finally, the evaluation output will result in more and better quality in-domain parallel data that will be fed back to the translation engine for higher quality output. The translation service will be incorporated into the Iversity MOOC platform and into the VideoLectures.net digital library portal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)
EditorsNicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair), Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-2-9517408-9-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Event10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference - Portorož , Slovenia
Duration: 23 May 201628 May 2016


Conference10th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Abbreviated titleLREC 2016
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