https://www.duolingo.com/aelfwyne

Please provide a shorter / easier URL for students to type to join a class!

When we create a link for students to join our class, it turns out very long, with o$o= and gobbledygook that ELL students have a difficult time copying without making mistakes.

I had been using goo.gl as a shortener to provide a simpler link for them to type - but Google has (for some reason) blocked Duolingo from that service for spam(?).

The easy fix, of course, would be for Duolingo to stop giving lengthy URLs for joining a classroom and provide a GROUP CODE instead, or at least a shortened URL such as duolingo.com/5XXE32 or some such.

In before anyone says "just have them click the link", many of my students are computer illiterate, and forcing them to logon to another service (edmodo/email, etc) just to click a link isn't very effective. Much easier to have them just type something into Duolingo itself.

April 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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You could try TinyURL to shorten the URL.

Or you could bookmark the link so they don't have to type anything at all.

April 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I think it is intended for them to either click on or to copy and paste, not to type out by hand.

Lrtward, great suggestion!

April 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/eersteen

True. Yet, it would be great if the entry barrier is as low as possible. So, a string that is also easily typable would be nice.

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

Another one that could be used is https://bitly.com/shorten/ :)

April 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/eersteen

Would not suggest using bitly.com, since trust is placed in bitly instead of in the trusted domain name of duolingo.com. Abuse can take place throug using non-duolingo URL's shortened with bitly to allure users to visit different sites (e.g. malware, porn, and other undesired).

May 11, 2015
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