An Online Learning Program Worth Trying

duolingo-logoToday there are literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of online learning programs available covering a wide range of industries.

There are generic hubs like Lynda that focus on a large variety of disciplines, and then there are mores streamlined platforms like that of Codecademy which has a very specific subject matter and audience.

There are even programs associated with higher education (edX, Coursera, etc.).

I’m sure you could list off a handful of other providers as well – both free and paid.

Recently I was asked about my personal favorite online learning program. I have taken quite a few courses online and have interacted with a large variety of platforms. To date, my favorite has been the offering of Duolingo.

Duolingo is a program designed for teaching languages online, a market that has seen a surge in activity as of late due to the major industry player Rosetta Stone. However, unlike Rosetta Stone, Duolingo isn’t a program you install locally.

After taking a simple pretest, you are placed into the relevant stage in your learning path. There are points and badges to be earned along the way, helping to keep things interesting.

Now, there still is a fundamental challenge with Duolingo (as with any language program). They still haven’t figured out how to effectively rate (grade) pronunciation, but this is a struggle for any online language program.

If you haven’t already, have a look at Duolingo. It’s free to create an account and to be placed into a learning path. You may even learn a few new words in another language while you’re at it!


Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Twitter | LinkedIn

2 Responses

  1. Thanks Justing. I joined Duolingo. What they’re doing is simply amazing. I got some ideas for my music education academy site. Would like to see some of its features in LearnDash in the near future 😉

  2. Some features I’ve found: Emails reminders letting the students know their course status like pending tasks, earned points, to-do lists, etc. I think it helps keeping you focus and on track. Another great feature is letting know others users in real time your accomplishments, completed tasks, etc. Duolingo is like a social site. I would like to have these kind of options n my site 😉

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