I already wrote about how I use Duolingo in my Spanish courses at the university level in this blog. I also completed some formal research about it, wrote and article and it has just been published by REID, Revista Iberoamericana de Educación a Distancia. It is called The case for using DUOLINGO as part of the classroom language experience (pdf. link). In the article, I explained how Duolingo can be incorporated in two different level courses, Beginners and Intermediate or more advanced. For the Beginners, the goal is to have them engaged in the language, even if it is for little bouts of time, for as many days as possible. For the more advanced students, the aim is to have them review on their own, as they tend to come to those courses with many different levels. According to this study, the use of Duolingo was better enjoyed by students in the Beginners group, so I am changing how I use it this year in the Intermediate group. I will write up how that goes after this semester.
When I conducted the research for the article I had to follow the students in DUOLINGO to be able to see that they had completed the assigned tasks. But since last January we have a dashboard for teachers created by Duo, where you can create courses, invite students and track their progress. You can find it at Schools.Duolingo.com. Here are a couple screenshots so you see what it looks like.
This is the main are where you can see all the courses you have created. When you click on a class, you get a button to invite students, either through a link or an email, or you can do it directly in Google Classroom if your school uses Google for Education.
Once you are inside one of your classrooms, you have access to information about each student, like how many lessons they have completed, their progress in the course or the XP points they have. You can also specify for which dates you want that information and download it as a spreadsheet. There is also now an assignment feature and students get this assignment via email. I have not used this yet. For this semester, for my Beginner course, they are still doing 5 lessons per week (which I think next year I may bump up to either 75XP or 100XP. A lesson is about 10 XPs), and for my Intermediate, they are working at their own pace to complete the whole tree.
For those wanting to try Duolingo in their classes, I recommend using the app yourself first with a language you either do not know or that you want to review. Then, I would also start reading and participating in the Discussion area for educators. If you have any question about it, someone will sure answer there or offer suggestions. Duolingo is also putting together some webinars and workshops for interested teachers. Here’s information about upcoming ones. I will be hosting one in CT, weather permitting, this Saturday.
Here’s is a very helpful and detailed guide on how to use the new dashboard.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I highly recommend adding Duolingo to any language course as a complement. Thanks for reading!