Two ideas: adding notes to lessons, and scheduling lessons
So, two ideas for Duolingo just popped in my head, and I thought they might be interesting - of course that's for you to judge, anyways, here they are:
Idea 1: add notes to lessons
Sometimes, while doing lessons, you have something you want to write down that relates to that lesson, for example:
- a list of vocabulary that you need to restudy
- a list of other resources that explain things in the lesson
- vocabulary of your own that is relevant to the topic of the lesson but is not included
- your own rating of how well you know each lesson (so you know which ones you need to repeat)
- your own practice texts written using vocabulary taught in that lesson
- et cetera
Of course you can do that in a program like Evernote, Onenote or just simply in a text editor, but I just had the idea that it would be nice to just click "add note to lesson", so that you don't have to leave duo to check your notes. I think this may encourage people to take more notes, which I think is a useful practice when learning a language.
Idea 2: schedule lessons
Setting smaller specific goals helps me to make progress in my big goals. So I think it would be nice if you can schedule lessons. This scheduling can be done with a calendar, but doesn't have to be done with calendar dates, I think it would also work if you can just click "schedule lesson to be done in x days". This could be a new lesson that you want to do. But it's also useful for lessons you have already completed: you know when you passed a lesson, but you are aware that you need to repeat the lesson in order to remember the vocabulary. It would be nice to schedule that lesson. I think it would be nice if we can schedule lessons for a specific date, so that when you login on that date you are reminded of your goal and redirected to that lesson.
Anyways, I think it's nice to keep things simple, I am not arguing for Duolingo to become a complete calendar and note taking application ;). I am curious what you think of these ideas!
Personally, I think they would have limited uses. The important thing in my view is that you understand the material and move it into your long term memory. Having a schedule does not really give me confidence that it would help with that aim. In fact it could have a detrimental affect by urging to rush through the material in order to keep your schedule. Note taking can be very helpful, but there are plenty of other resources that will perform that function as you mention and on most modern computers and tablets, they are only a click away, which means Duo would have to expend valuable development resources for so a few users have an integrated package.
I think that these are both really good ideas, I find it really hard to juggle revision schedules as it is, so to have a set time would be really useful! I always try to make notes to, but end up writing down basically everything (I'm sure people could relate) so to have specific @instructions@ on whats important would be great:)-good idea:)
I'd really like the option to tell Duo 'I'm weak with this word'. Some mechanic where I can mark a word as one I struggle with and would like to practice more, and more frequently too.
By the same token, but less needed I'd like a feature where I can tell due I have mastered this word, let's not practice it again for a while. but that's far less needed.