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Language learners and instructors find success with crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing process
Crowdsourcing process
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Crowdsourcing in education has yet to reach its full potential, although it seems to prove well in some areas, particularly in the field of language learning.

According to a May report on Eduk West, a website focused on the betterment of online education trends, while crowdsourcing communities like Wikipedia has proven that it is possible them to “function and prosper,” it notes that crowdsourcing seems to work better for the language learning space.

Eduk West cites Duolingo as one of the most successful language learning platforms in the space. Duolingo allows learners translate content owned by Duolingo’s clients, while learning a new language in the process.

Duolingo banks on incentivizing learners with free and ad-free access to its content, while earning from freemium services.

Another great crowdsourcing website for translation and language learning is Viki, which allows users to translate and create subtitles for multi-cultural TV shows and videos, according to Eduk West. Some users contribute to the site by ensuring the quality of the content for free.

Users benefit from Viki by being recognized for their work on the site and having access to the site’s vast content library, Eduk West added.

Eduk West also noted Khan Academy as another “dedicated community” that crowdsources translations of educational materials to be shared “across language borders.”

Materials available on Khan Academy features alternative audio tracks in different languages and translated subtitles for learners of various nationalities.

Crowdsourcing in the context of language learning and education has yet to rock the world of online audio streaming platforms, although spoken word platforms like Audioboo seems to be making progress in the arena.

Audioboo is home to language instructors, learners and book authors who are quite enthusiastic about posting their own podcasts on their language learning tips and experiences.

These users also utilize the platform to elicit audio feedbacks from other members of Audioboo.

The platform has also partnered with BBC Learning English, The Open University – Languages, TopLanguageGuide.com, and LEWWWP.com (Learning English with a World Wide Perspective) to provide free language learning materials for its learning community.

Learning materials on these websites, like on the BBC, for example, include quick and entertaining audio skits and interviews with BBC personalities.

Audioboo is owned and operated by Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L), a London-based company engaged in media and environmental and waste services.

Dubbed as the YouTube of spoken word digital audio, the company is poised to become the world’s largest digital audio social media company today.

Audioboo currently has over 2,000 content partners using its platform for content creation, editing and distribution as well as social media syndication.