Cloud Computing and Telecollaboration in Translator Education

Mariusz Marczak, Poland, ID LLCE2016-358;        Modern day translation practices undeniably involve the implementation of computer technology in translation (Bogucki, 2009; Cronin, 2013). Moreover, advancements in technology and the need for the speedy delivery of translation services have spurred translators to utilise not only Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) tools but also telecollaboration and cloud computing technologies. To respond to the trend in professional practices translator education should also incorporate work modes and teaching methods based on telecollaboration and translation technologies so that academic education corresponds to the challenges which student translators are likely to face in the workplace. This paper reports the results of a study which reviewed selected online tools which potentially lend themselves to translator education with regard to the work modes and learning gains which they foster. In addition, it demonstrates students' perceptions of telecollaboration. Finally, it offers implications for course design, including teaching content, Web tools, tasks and assessment modes likely to facilitate contemporary translator education.

Keywords: translator education, telecollaboration, CAT, cloud computing

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