You don't need to have any translation skill. Jon has taught numerous students in these courses who we monolinguals, were in charge of managing translators and had no interest in translating or were considering translation as a possible career and wanted an understanding of how they use technology in the job. Really anyone can sign up as long as they have an interest in the subject matter.
Certain concepts are simply not able to be grasped in-depth via an online format. The mantra of Professor Ritzdorf is to "make the complex simple and fun"...for some skills (particularly those requiring technical acumen) this goal can only be realized in a traditional classroom environment. (many make a small vacation out of it!).
If you are an avid Mac user and do not have a PC, be advised that the large majority of translation technology software out there is still only available for Windows. That said, if you use Boot Camp on your Mac (which will allow you to boot your Mac with the Windows operating system) or if you are already a strong user of Parallels Desktop, you should be OK.
You don't need a super-fast, completely up-to-date computer. However, we would recommend a system that isn't more than 3 years old. Since we will have on-line meetings with live demonstrations over your internet feed, it is more essential that your computer have a high-speed internet connection. If you have concerns about your computer or home setup, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the tools and applications we are going to be using in the course are either a) preinstalled b) on a standard Windows operating system or c) can be downloaded for free off the web (some as time-limited trials).
You must be a strong user of Microsoft Windows. At the minimum you need to already know:
You don't have to be a master of computing, but if you are not comfortable with basic computing skills, you will struggle. Basic computer skills for Windows are outlined at http://www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/win/index.html
No. All courses are taught without any bias towards a particular language. We have had students with language backgrounds from Arabic to Swahili with all languages in between.
In order to really get the most out any course Jon Ritzdorf leads, you should plan to spend about 2-4 hours on homework per session.
Obviously, your actual time spent can vary depending on your current level of computer skill, familiarity with the subject and how far you personally want to take a particular assignment. For all classes, you should be committed to putting in the extra time needed to practice outside of class in order to get the most out of your learning investment.
The maximum number allowed for this course is 20. Note that classes can fill up quickly and you should register as soon as possible because space is limited. If in the unfortunate event that a class does not run due to low attendance, you will be granted a full refund of any deposit or registration fees.
A refund schedule will be provided with the registration form.
Onsite: Course will be in a computer lab on the campus of the Institute. Students must be able to attend the classes in Monterey as well as the online portions. The full-service computer lab with an instructor terminal, LCD overhead projector and all required software preloaded onto the machines will be provided, so students do not need to bring their laptops, but are welcome to do so.
Online: Course uses the same collaborative technology that most major companies and academic institutions use today for online meetings and “virtual” classrooms. You will meet the instructor and all your classmates in an online forum via this technology. Before each class you will be emailed attendance information which will enable audio and video feeds for class. Students can attend from anywhere in the world if they have ready access to a high-speed internet connection.