Objections to the "Health" paradigm
I have been using Duolingo on the web for approximately 1 year. Recently I installed Duolingo on my iPhone.
When one makes a mistake on the web, opportunities exist to correct the error at the end of the lesson without penalty. I frequently try different translations in order to determine which are viable and which are not. Frequently multiple acceptable answers exist. The "Health" paradigm discourages me from trying, since it penalizes incorrect answers. I especially is dislike the time lockout. While the goal of perfection and accuracy are laudable, human beings learn as much from their mistakes as from their successes. Consequently I am NOT using my iPhone Duolingo app. I plan to continue using the web version.
Alas, I think you are correct. Although not stated in my original objection, it seems counterintuitive to time lock a student out of a learning app as result of errors. This seems a way "to stop the learning". If a student wishes to rush to a higher level (as Duolingo fears), then let him. That student is only fooling himself.
Anyway, I hope someone from Duolingo reads our comments.
I use the web usually, but the app when I am travelling and I HATE THE HEALTH 'FEATURE' . I am less experimental with the app because of the health thing but often, using a small keyboard make errors like catching the enter key before I've finished entering the full answer or such like. AND THEN I'M LOCKED OUT. And when I'm travelling I often have very few windows to do Duo so that's usually it for the day....