New Assignments Update (improvements)
Happy February! We hope you have been enjoying the new Assignments feature. So far it has been a great success and we have received tons of feedback telling us what people like and what people would like.
This week, you will notice some goodies... Ready? Here goes:
You could already pick a due date… but now you can also select a due time for your assignments. We know you all have different class times and that midnight deadlines do not work for everyone.
Your students will now get automatic email notifications if you change the due date or delete an assignment.
You asked for it: there's now a way to assign a skill from the curriculum overview page.
You can view detailed activity information for a student/assignment.
You can archive assignments to avoid clutter.
So, what do you think? Thanks for all your input, we really appreciate it! We are of course working as hard as we can on even more improvements suggested by you, so there is more to come. So stay tuned and thank you for your patience.
In other news: We fixed a bug that was displaying mature vocabulary to some of those who had it disabled. Should be working fine now, but if it happens again, please submit a screenshot. We are also testing a fix to the offline “cheating” issue, and will keep you posted!
We hope you’ll keep us posted too. :]
Other posts of interest:
I have had to add in new students after I posted an assignment. I still want them to do it. How can I add the assignment to them? I can still see their progress through other ways, but it would be nice if the assignment just covered everybody in the class rather than just the people who were in the class at that moment in time.
I LOVE these new improvements! One thing that could make this better is if the kids had a way to see the assignments (and their progress) within the program itself, instead of me having to open up my teacher page to check it for them when they ask. I also keep asking for an easy way to see each student's level....which seems to have been largely ignored (which, I know, has nothing to do with assignments). KUDOS, though, on the improvements to the assignments feature!!! I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you moved the classroom dashboard to the top of the page! It's sometimes the little things that make me the happiest!
I think maybe she was halfway through her work and then I added the assignment. I can see she has partial points - I think the display was delayed.
However, I'm not sure how students can see an assignment. Do they have to log into a Duolingo school account to see assignments? Many made a profile and then shared it with me. Can they see the assignments on the app?
Also, how can they see the XP points? I think if they go to their profile they can see them, but I wish it was at the top of the screen. They aren't sure when to stop working and actually went past the number of points I assigned.
I'm so glad that they're working outside of class that I'm giving them extra credit for going past the points I assign. If you're interested, I'd be glad to share how I'm trying to manage this (it's a work in progress since this whole assignment page is new). It's all outside of Duolingo with good old pen and paper, but I think it's worth it. I now have some Spanish 1 students who are working on the same lessons as some of my Spanish 2 students! I think that's terrific! :)
I just read how many people are having the same issue. Many of my students are having difficulty keeping track of how many xp they have completed in an assignment. Where should they be able to see that? They don't have email addresses due to school policy. Has this been updated yet?
Hello vivisaurus! I'm really excited about DL in general and especially about the classroom features. :) It would be nice if I could make specific assignments for some specific students, who joined later a classroom or who have less knowledge of the corresponding language. For now, I can only manage the assignments for the entire classroom, not individually for a specific student. Maybe, in some future release, DL can take this idea into account. Thanks and keep up the good job you are already doing!
It would be great if pupils could gain access to just one topic on the tree without having to complete all prior topics. For example, my Year 9 class are currently learning countries in French, but in order to access the content on Duolingo they must complete all previous lessons.
I inquired about this a few years ago with Duolingo, and they said that because their progression is research-based, there is no way to override this, and therefore students must progress through the lower-level items before they can access other items. I don't know if this has changed since then, though, but it doesn't seem to have on my end. :-/
How can students track their individual progress toward a goal? Every time I assign my students an XP goal, they have to ask me how many points they need until they reach their goal because it doesn't seem to be clearly displayed on their dashboard. This becomes incredibly difficult for me to manage, as students must come to me to ask their progress toward a goal sometimes multiple times a day. Is there a way for them to access this information on their own? Thanks!