https://www.duolingo.com/harlandski

Manually select level for class activities

I wonder if, instead of taking an average of the student levels, it would be possible to select which skill(s) should be included in a class activity manually?

I have only recently started using Duolingo in parallel to my face-to-face English lessons, but at present the class activity feature is basically useless as in each class I have one or two really keen students who have gone so far ahead that even the average level is too difficult for the majority of students.

I tried taking the strong students out of the class (putting them in a separate class) but curiously this did not seem to solve the problem.

October 23, 2015

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! You cannot manually select the power practice activity's level. However, maybe it would work to try a specific skill by clicking on the Course Content link (on the left menu) of that class and previewing a lesson from the selected skill. Have you tried that?

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/harlandski

Hi and thank you for your feedback. I hadn't found the lesson preview option in Course Content, so thank you for pointing me in that direction. That will come in handy!

I do think it would be even more useful to be able select multiple lessons from which to make a combined class activity, irrespective of the average level of the students; or to be able to select a "lowest, average, highest" option when creating class activities. I'm also looking forward to the more classroom-friendly content when it comes out of development.

October 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

I'm glad it worked. Thank you for your ideas, and keep them coming! =]

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rwb1985

This is the reason I don't use Duolingo more than I do. Duolingo's order of introducing content doesn't align with mine, and I'd like the kids to have access to some of the later skills early on, when we study them at the beginning of the year.

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rwb1985

If I could put some activities in different orders I could assign them, and the kids would have to do specific skills by the end of the week.

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Hi! Custom orders are something teachers have been asking for. Right now it is tricky because a) words and sentences are introduced in based on previously taught words, and b) the tree is structured in a way that has shown us excellent results in studies (we sometimes alter it further if we find that teaching one skill before the other proves better for learning). At the beginning of the year, we recommend students take a placement test. They will then be able to unlock the lessons that are within their zone, and also be able to access those unlocked lessons at any time.

I am not saying this feature is not happening, but trying to explain why it is tricky, and hope that is now more clear. :]

October 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rwb1985

I completely understand that. What is a challenge for me is that Duolingo and I have very different approaches to what we teach first. Words like "man" and "woman" don't factor into my class, but topics like colours and sizes are among the first things I teach. I think that having access to activities like colours would allow them the context and confidence to learn some of the other vocabulary, where as for many kids, they get frustrated having other things that they don't see as being as useful first, without the freedom to try something they see as more applicable. I think Duolingo is great for what it is, but I think if you are going to have the teacher option, flexibility adds to the experience exponentially.

November 9, 2015
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