busuu.com at the E-Teachers conference about Communities and the Power of Crowdsourcing

logo-e-teachers-conference Last week we had the pleasure to be invited by Kirsten Winkler, one of the leading bloggers and opinion leaders of this newly born online language learning industry, to present our ideas about Communities and the  Power of Crowdsourcing within a web conference.

A part from busuu.com, the founders of other great websites like Languages Out ThereWiziq and Italki also shared their opinion about that topic with more than 40 people joining this web conference from all over the world. By Crowdsourcing one understands the possibility of “outsourcing” different tasks to a community. A famous example is definitely Facebook which uses its community for translating the interface language into different languages.

We from busuu.com have just recently started to use the knowledge of our community for translating our learning content. We have treated this topic with great care as we always want to offer only high quality language learning material to our users. Therefore we ensured strong quality control systems in order to prevent mistakes. We are currently making a test with Brazilian Portuguese so in case you are a native speaker of that language and would like to volunteer for helping us with the translation of our learning content, please send an email to team[at]busuu[dot]com.

The conference was highly interesting  and you can find all the presentations  and more detailed information of this webconference here.

We want to thank Kirsten for the great organisation of this event and we are looking forward to more E-Teacher conferences in the future. As this industry is so new and we are all trying to find the right way we can only learn from each other by just sharing our ideas and thoughts.

3 thoughts on “busuu.com at the E-Teachers conference about Communities and the Power of Crowdsourcing

  1. KirstenWinkler

    Thank you again for your participation. Without great panelists like you, the ETCon would not work.

    I really learned a lot about your approach of using crowdsourcing here on busuu.com and it was really interesting and clarified already some questions I had prepared for our interview ;).

    As you say, everyone seems to have a different approach that works for the company. There does not seem to be “the best” method. Everyone has to figure it out for his environment and I think your method really makes sence for busuu.com.

    Again, thank you for your participation and looking forward having you on one of the upcoming ETCons!

  2. Patrick

    Your language learning site is remarkable! Just one question… How can teachers monitor their student’s progress?

  3. bernhard Post author

    Dear Patrick,

    at the moment you can add them as your friends and ask them to send you their writing exercises etc.. With the new berry-motivation system you can also see their progress in terms of number of berries.

    But we are working on a special interface where teachers can really track the progress of their students – so please stay tuned! ;-)

    Bernhard

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