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DuoLingo's main priority should be to fix the hack so students can't cheat by turning the wifi off.

DuoLingo looses it's value if students can cheat on it. Why is there such a delay fixing this?

January 19, 2016



As a teacher who uses Duo regularly with students, I grapple with this. Solutions I have come up with: checking timestamps to ensure lessons aren't being done in 2 minutes, weekly dictations/vocab quizzes/recordings to ensure students are actually doing the work.

But yeah, it'd be great if this wasn't a concern...


I agree. I have created new assessments to help keep students on track and discourage them from cheating. Imagine though, how great it will be when/if DuoLingo fixes the hack?


As it was said when you posted about this a few days ago, this is a situation that they are aware of and are working on. When it comes to bugs like this, things aren't always instantaneous. These things take time and they'll let you know in this forum when the issue has been resolved. No amount of reposting this same topic multiple times is going to hurry the resolution of the bug.


Why can't they just grow up and stop cheating?

Instead of blaming Duolingo.

And not fixing themselves.

By stopping cheating

How about when they cheat,

make them go to the blackboard and write out,

"I will not cheat" 100 times,

every time they cheat.

Oh, I forgot, they use smart boards in school now.

So, does that mean children in 2016 are smarter

than children in 1916 were?


I like the attitude :) I actually don't know how the cheating works but if cheating means not doing any work then cheating is pointless. I work at a university. and my students know that not doing their work will mean that they wont succeed. Duolingo helps them because they know I can check if they did use it. If they are on it they will do the work.

If all or many students cheat then it's obviously not the students fault but the teacher's. How can one create an environment in which cheating has any advantage? To me Duolingo is a tool to help them learning and not a solution to the question "How will I teach this?"

On the other hand, if I caught a student cheating I would have the authority to fail them. I could be lenient the first time and explain why they are using it. But if they did it a second time they would be out of my class if I wanted. And if you teach in a secondary school, use bad grades, let the parents know.

But again, if a learning environment is set up in a way that students profit from cheating then there is something wrong with the learning environment. Do they get points or good grades for completing Duolingo lessons? Why don't you just test in class if they did their homework by testing the vocab or grammar with them?


I appreciate your comment. My students will get assessed through quizzes, tests, and a project based learning. I'm just very disappointed that DuoLingo has not fixed this issue yet.


That would be great Susan. I wish everybody was honest, hard working, and trustworthy. Unfortunately, not everybody is. I speak on behalf of educators everywhere that we need DuoLingo's help to prevent students from cheating. I cannot punish a student for cheating unless I have proof that they have done this. I can monitor what they do in my class, but I cannot monitor what they do outside of my class.

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