An Update on Beta Learning Sessions

Hi folks :wave: ,

Over the last weeks we’ve been rolling out some improvements to our Beta Learning Sessions on the basis of your feedback. As always, thank you for your input! :slight_smile:

Keep reading to know about the recent improvements and the next steps for the beta programme. :point_down:

List of recent improvements to beta

  • You can now always go back to the course you are learning by clicking the title of the page. Don’t worry, your progress will be saved!

  • You’ll now be shown what you answered when you make a mistake so that you can learn better.

  • It’s now easier to read the keyboard shortcuts, with better contrast on Multiple Choice and Tapping Tests.

  • You can now navigate through the answers in Tapping Tests through the arrow keys as well as by number - especially useful for when you have lots of options! You can also use the backspace to remove the last word you’ve added.

  • You can now access the description of the keyboard shortcuts to help you find the fastest workflow that works for you.

  • We’ve rolled out beta to Groups!

  • You’ve provided some feedback that you’d like more control over your learning experience. You can now set the length of your speed review sessions to as little as 10 or as high as 150 items.

  • To simplify the settings page and align it with our mobile experiences, we’ve retired the presets for learning settings - don’t worry this won’t change your settings and you are still fully in control of adjusting them to your needs.

  • We’ve fixed a few bugs and improved stability

Next steps
We’re excited to announce that we are planning to bring Mems to the beta learning sessions! Stay tuned for more updates in the following months.

Incorporating Mems back onto the product will be a major milestone for the beta programme, after which we’ll retire the old learning sessions experience.

This does not mean that improvements to the new experience will stop - by making it the default experience, we’ll be able to reduce efforts in maintaining two different experiences which will enable us to be more focused and making improvements across our entire product!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to post them here.

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Thanks for update Luis, and for the helpful way you have set out the latest changes so that we can see what they look like before we try them out.

That is great news about bringing mems to the beta version. Can you confirm that all the mems that we created (or selected) in the previous version will transfer across when this happens? I don’t want to lose them. Also, can you confirm that there will be a parallel running session before “retiring” the previous version, so that we can be sure that all is well?

Thanks

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Showing mistakes is important and mems back would be nice.

Two other points:

  • Why does the beta keep asking to set a goal for completed courses?
  • The beta is still not usable for answering audio questions in courses which contain multiple columns.
    Which answer was requested used to be clear from the column label, but in the beta there is no column label in the question.
    For example:

    Should I respond with the composer or the title of this musical piece?
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Neat!
A question about navigating tapping tests with numbers, will it also work for accents and letters and not just specific tests where you build a phrase out of words?

I must admit I get confused.

There is the original web version (which of course has had many changes).

The optional Alpha which is still being modified.

The optional Beta which is still in development.

Can you explain why we have three versions, please (ie what’s the difference and the different status of each).

Do any comments we make in Alpha feedback get considered and put into Beta if you approve of them?

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Hi @DW7
The short version is that alpha is an opt-in system so only a relatively small pool of users see it, and this enables us to get feedback at an early stage on the dashboard without disturbing too many users.
The beta is seen by more people and is enabled by default for all new users. Users can still disable the beta if they wish because it has been a work in progress and hasn’t had all the features like Mems ready yet.
The original version is there as that has the full functionality for those who felt the alpha and beta aren’t yet ready for them to use full time so can still use the product while we continue on the new versions.
If you’re keen to learn more about the general concepts behind it the Wikipedia page is pretty good https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_release_life_cycle

To your final question, they absolutely do, this very thread is about the changes we’ve made in response to feedback, and I hope you’ve seen many changes already made to the dashboard since the alpha came out. I know we don’t respond to every post individually but we do really appreciate your comments, every post is read and the feedback from the forums and other areas like surveys is collated to help us understand your needs better and prioritise improvements appropriately.

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Thank you so much @James_g_memrise for your helpful and clear reply.

As you know I am an ‘old-timer’ and keen to support and promote MemRise and have really appreciated the way you keep us informed and appreciate to our comments.

I just get a little confused as to which version and thread is best to reply to!

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