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https://www.duolingo.com/soedori

So Duolingo is partnering with Pearson...

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So it seems Pearson just announced that they are partnering with Duolingo to bring language courses aligned with their curriculum

I don't know what to say about this to be honest....but if you are not from the Commonwealth or the United States, look up on their track record ;)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealKurtz

I always got bad vibes from Pearson, don't know why to be honest.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thatspanis4
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why?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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They don't have the best reputation in the USA. Poor quality products forced on products due to lucrative deals and connections with politicians

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealKurtz

Also due to Common Core, they're a big pusher for that. Common core was supposed to be good, but then it backfired, it pressured teachers to make students meet certain standards. Just not good for students.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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"Testing oriented" :p

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thatspanis4
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i guess thats very bad for me since im in the us lol

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020
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It always seems like that unfinished project nobody cares about. We start to use it, then we just . . . stop all of a sudden.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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Well they are a supposedly corrupt business that is aiming to control American education and turn the industry into a business while massively burdening students of all ages....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyItsOcarina
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Well now.

Hope this doesn't make stuff hard for the rest of us. (Especially because I'm a student, and I like Duolingo the way it is)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

I feel like I'm the only person who didn't know that Pearson had a bad reputation... And I'm from the United States.

I agree with HeyItsOcarina; I do hope this doesn't negatively affect students or users of Duolingo. Though, I think all will be well. ^ ^

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkHyungS7

I hope something good will happen....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geoff1000152

The higher education space has been a business for decades. The various education boards that decide which books should be used is composed of publishing house executives. They choose their own books and force people to buy their books at whatever price they deem. I've had experience with Pearson. Buying their overpriced books and codes.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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What the hell is going on here?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ignatznkrazy
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Key bit, kids:

Students will be able to access these specialized courses in Duolingo on iOS, Android, and the web after purchasing their course materials.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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Sooooo, meaning we would have to pay for more advanced course materials. Still, depending on the price, I might give the Spanish course a try

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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Luis did an interview with them. www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz_IBDR7MUA

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby
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Looking past the conversation, I saw examples of tapping and speaking exercises, no typing. Voice recognition probably needs work on both sides of this marriage. But even tapping translations will require a list of valid translations (for skips and reorders). I wonder if a subset of exercises is chosen from regular courses, volunteers in the desirable language combinations get asked to do extra work to third-party specs, or something else. (ETA: It's apparently something else. As a contributor to a course not affected by this directly, I will absolutely sympathize with those less fortunate, but at this point it is time for me to shut up.)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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There's definitely good and bad to this, but there's not much information available to us right now to go off of.

The main evil I've experienced has been taking courses that require the purchase of access codes from textbook companies like Pearson for access to online materials, which is how pretty much all STEM and many social sciences courses operate (I don't know about foreign language courses because I've never taken one at a Univeristy level), at least at public research universities.

What the link and the video seem to say is that it will be content based on Pearson textbooks brought to students through Duolingo's mobile and web platforms. My immediate thoughts are that these students are probably already being forced to buy access codes for Pearson's online materials anyway, and Duolingo's platform is much more convenient and user-friendly than Pearson's, which can take hours to set up and requires certain browsers, settings, and plugins. On the other hand, this might increase the cost that students have to pay for their course materials and courses that don't currently use Pearson materials may adopt them now.

Depending on how they do this, regular Duolingo users might not be able to get access to the Pearson materials (or at least not the same that students enrolled in University courses will have) even if you buy a code because some Pearson materials require registration with a class code provided by an instructor and those materials expire when that class ends. Then again, that's how Pearson's Mastering and Mylab features work and Pearson's Duolingo features may work differently.

I understand the need for resources like Pearson's online materials because class sizes are so large in public universities that it can be impossible for instructors to assign the adequate amount of practice and be able to grade in a way that gives students useful feedback. Pearson online offers practice specific to the course with automatic grading and it can report student progress to instructors, but the interface isn't easy to use. Duolingo on its own is very easy to use but doesn't align well with courses taught in schools. Let's hope that this collaboration capitalizes on the positive aspects of both.

Edited to add: For the record, Busuu is another language learning site and it has an affiliation with McGraw Hill (another big textbook company), through which you can apparently take tests and earn level certificates. This could be an avenue for Duolingo to do something similar.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/syntaxosaurus
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Thanks for that objective and thorough analysis.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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Sounds promising.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Devokan
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https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Oh wow.....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thatspanis4
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hmmmmm..... (i hope good things come from this)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

YAY!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Why exactly is this a ''YAY!!''? I'm not sure why it would be a ''NOO!!'' either but...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

I'm sorry, i did not understand this the first time I read this, BUT this COULD be a good thing...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRealKurtz

Why is everyone down voting you? Good could come out of this.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

exactly! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

That's true. People here seem to be so sure that something bad will happen, but there's nothing wrong with having hope, even if there's a slim chance that goodness could arise from this partnership.

1 year ago