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Duolingo university questionnaire

Hello there duo-lingers!

I am currently doing a university project on Duolingo. (my final year dissertation) where I'm exploring the benefits of duolingo and peoples attitudes towards it.

For me duolingo is a fascinating company and its made for very interesting research!

Part of the research is a questionnaire which i've designed and I'd be extremely grateful if you, the duolingo community could help with my research by answering a few questions contained in a survey on my blog :)

http://dsmmcm1314digitalpeople.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/duolingo-questionnaire/

  • Any opinions are welcome. Positive or negative. And if you are particularly passionate about the language learning process, language learning software or simply duolingo as a company, i'd be extremely grateful if you could add your opinions in the 'additional comments' section.

A big thank-you to anyone who takes part, i truly appreciate it.

4 years ago

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Surveys are effective measures when the sample reflects the population. This can be done through random sampling or complete sampling. The approach you are taking for getting participants is subject to self-selection biases. This fact alone explains the "high levels of excitement amongst fellow Duo-lingers on the forums": more apathetic users don't post, people who don't like the program don't use it (and don't post), etc.

Additionally, your prose above the survey is not neutral, so it may influence the survey. The first line is sufficient: "This questionnaire has been made as part of a university project, which aims to explore the attitudes of Duolingo users towards the website, and the reasons for these attitudes."

I sincerely wish you good luck on your project. Hopefully DL would be kind enough to give you some objective statistics about user participation in immersion, in particular, at what rate (percentage of population) and quantity (average and standard deviation). You could ask for this information directly in the survey, but it would get self-image biases: i.e. people don't keep the most accurate records of their own participation/contribution/hours worked/etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LewisEvans

Hi, yes i did consider this, and i have had about 20 responses using a random sampling method prior to using the forums to compare the results. It is also something i have noted in my dissertation as a slight disadvantage of the research. As duo lingo is Web based, it was very difficult to find potential respondents elsewhere. I had about 90 results from the forums compared to 20 elsewhere

And the introduction to the questionnaire was a slight mistake which i rectified :)

Thank-you for your advise i appreciate it :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dankabass3

I completed your questionnaire; good luck with your project and learning

4 years ago

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I filled it out, a very interesting questionnaire.

4 years ago

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I filled it out

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SnoozingOwl

Just filled it out :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LewisEvans

i've had 90 responses to the survey. I'd like to thank absolutely everyone who has taken part, taken interest and offered advise. You've all helped me significantly with my research :)

I will post the results soon for those who are interested!

4 years ago