Skill tree completion icon
Wouldn't it be interesting to have something that signifies you having completed a skill tree? Besides the owl at the bottom of the tree I mean. I'm thinking a different ribbon for the corresponding language on your profile page or something.
I'm computer-illiterate so I don't know if this is even feasible from a programming point of view, it's just something that occurred to me.
I think it would be cool if the little flag next to your username got a silver (or maybe a different color) ring around it when you finish the tree. And then if you're native to that language it would have a gold (or a different color) ring around it.
Anything that can be conceived can be programmed with respect to graphical objects.
Great idea for the short run! But to get something for completing a skill tree signifies that you are done for good. I hope this is never the case because I was under the impression that duolingo and its users will keep updating and adding on to the current skill trees. Am I wrong? 0_0
From a teaching standpoint. A common method of teaching is "structured and goal oriented". Learning and using any given language is a life-long learning process. It never stops unless any given individual chooses to stop. Getting a graphical object as a "positive-reinforcement" for completing a section within a learning module within a learning program is standard fare. Therefore,in both the short and long run a little positive reinforcement has the potential to have a life long positive effect to the person who is learning any given subject matter. I hope that this makes sense. By the way these current skill trees you are referring to are, indeed, meant to be "open-ended". Therefore continuous updating and adding to them is only common sense.
Great idea. Isn't it amazing, just how much motivation we need to learn our way up (down?) the tree :)
I am self-motivated to learn how to speak/think the spanish language fluently. I don't really need the "shop" or a bunch of graphical objects within the scope and context of this particular computer program to inform me via a visual feed-back loop while using/interacting with the program how well I am doing. My reply and comment in this "thread" was merely a factual statement of truth within the paradign/activity that is called and known as "computer-programming". This is stated factually from a person with a straight-A average when attending a vocational computer programming school in the year 1986-87. Graphical interface design formats/concepts are simply a part of what is academically referred to as "the programming cycle".
The nice part about the suggestion of having a little "colored" border around the flag icon that signifies to a certain extent the language being learned; is that it would give a good indication to other members of this community how "helpful" this aforementioned person could be as a learning-partner or class-mate.