Duolingo: reinventing language learning on an epic scale

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Elearning on a truly epic scale: used by more than 70 million users it aims to feel more like a game than a language class.





Why we like it

  • You can set yourself daily goals to achieve.
  • Content is delivered inshort learning chunks.
  • Clear roadmap and progress markers for your learning path.
  • Integrated support feature.
  • Timed practices.
  • Progress quizzes.
  • Placement tests to put you start you at the right level.
  • Discussion streams linked to the language you are learning.
  • Spaced repetition – neat use of algorithms to determine when you should practice words to get them into your long-term memory.
  • Gamified design unpins the whole experience, with key gamification features:
  • Currency (lingot) which you can earn through a variety of activities
  • points, leaderboards, and currency rewards.
  • At the end of each successfully completed round, a trumpet fanfare and a sense of accomplishment
  • each stage becomes live when you complete the level before.
  • Invite friends through FB and collaborate or compete
  • Users can vote on the best translation submitted by other users .

How to improve this eLearning

Duolingo has the app route, we of course would design an entirely responsive web based tool that looks great on any device. Duolingo is essentially a tool based on the instructional principle of language drilling. We know there’s a lot more to learning a second language and we’d deploy a constructivist pedagogy to build learning materials which would complement the drills.

Elearning Superstars rating

  • Usability - 9/10
  • Content - 8/10
  • Learning - 9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10

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