Friday 11 July 2014

This is how your effort becomes tangible

What we do here at Lexicum is making vocabulary learning more accessible with the use of technology. Part of our vision is making it easier for learners to feel that they are making progress. Now with the new version we have made one more step towards this goal. This article is meant to explain how we track your learning and convert it into points.

Everybody likes to be able to speak foreign languages. What stops people from actually doing it is the gap between encountering a couple of words and mastering the necessary hundreds of them. Somehow working towards the goal of language proficiency is very tedious, at times even boring. This is because even when you've put a lot of effort, it is still difficult to assess how much you've already passed and how much more is left to go. With Lexicum we help you track what you do.

Words cannot get integrated in your vocabulary in a day. Lexicum shows your the progress by aggregating information about your practice when you recall your own words.
In your dashboard you can always see an overview of your progress with words. There are groups: new entries, learning in progress and words that you'd only occasionally make sure you haven't forgotten them. Based on how you want to get your words in future, you might try to rate words so that you plan when they will be thrown back at you.

Now you also have a score. We have continued our competition and this is the official metric that shows us who the most active users are so that we can contact them to give them their prize. This is where you can see if you can be better than others. You can challenge them to beat your score.

When you got into it, did you notice how the number of pages in your dashboard grows endlessly?

You can see how you did with your last quiz session when you complete it. Of course performance tracking lets you see how much you've done. It further allows you to try to push your limits by giving you a tool to measure your progress. The words that are more difficult might have to be exercised more, but you see that your performance improves over time until you encounter the new set of difficult words. You will start seeing that this is tied to the nature of the words you worked with. Easy sets of words will give you a quicker satisfaction for learning. More difficult ones will challenge you, but will also give you better gratification.

This is how every single learning action is being collected and analysed to make vocabulary learning more tangible.

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