Coursera - Idea for practicing language while learning other things
To explain what it is:
"Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free."
So the philosophy is similar to Duolingo, but it teaches math, science, art and things instead of languages.
There are more and more courses in couple of languages, some basic ones and some advanced (only one in German, but several in French, Spanish and others). It is taught by video lectures and some homework to do afterwards. Subtitles available. I enrolled for German course about IT in economy to practice my German.
Hope someone will find it useful! :) Happy learning!
I've taken Coursera classes and have sometimes wondered if we might eventually see a point where Duolingo could be used to help in translating the course materials to make them more widely available. Maybe someday, anyway. Coursera understandably seems to be mainly focused on building out their range of content at the moment.
Their subtitles are often not great as it is, even when it's a course in English being subtitled in English.
Great idea. I didn't see the link to their site in your post so I took the liberty of Googling it - here it is:
And, this the the link to the courses in Spanish:
Funny you should mention Coursera. I was thinking about Coursera the other day, comparing it to Duolingo. I've tried multiple courses over there, but only finished one (game theory). This was back when there were courses in English only, mind.
The problem with the Coursera courses is, as you said, they mainly use video lectures and homework. Which is more or less the same as traditional classroom teaching, but less useful because of the lack of interactivity between students and teachers.
Compare that to Duolingo, which makes better use of the digital platform and transforms learning into a gamified, fun experience.
Yes, it is definitely different, but maybe it would be hard to do all those courses of physics, math and other stuff in Duolingo way.
Well, even if you won't learn things perfectly, you can brush up some skills from different field and expand your knowledge with quality courses, for free. It is useful and nice, even if it isn't as fun as Duolingo.