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Improving Lesson Discovery

Posted by catherinem August 26, 2010 in the Group General Discussion.

Here at ChinesePod we have recently begun A/B testing on the site to improve certain key functions. We hope specifically to make it easier and more efficient for you to find the lessons you’re looking for. Right now we are experimenting with changes to two things in particular: the list lessons by channel page and the search lessons functionality.

Lesson Channel Page

First up we have the Lesson Channel page. This page groups lessons by level. When you click on a level, you can see a list of all lessons within that level (all Elementary lessons, all Upper-Intermediate lessons, etc.). Below you’ll see the original version, and below that you’ll see a version we’re testing with the aim of improving how users find lessons.

The proposed update adopts a more traditional list style, which we believe will help you cut down on the amount of time it takes to browse lessons. Each lesson is expandable within that list, and features lesson tags to the right of the lesson title. Making the tags visible from this page will also help you find out immediately what a lesson is about.

Search Lessons

We’re also looking to improve the search feature on ChinesePod. We’re testing some changes to how search results are presented. Below you’ll see the original search results page, and below that the updated page we’re currently testing.

The new version of the search results page, like the new version of the lessons (by channel) page, features an expandable list of lessons with level and tag information readily available. Again, the goal is to cut the amount of time it takes you to find the lessons you’re looking for, and to make sure that the lessons you click through to are the ones you want.

We are in the planning phases of these projects, and expect to continue to iterate upon these changes to ensure the best possible solution for helping you find the lessons you want to study. You might be wondering how this will affect you in the short term. Some people can already see these changes (as a part of our A/B testing). Others see no change at all. We will keep you updated on the progress of this testing, and plan to share with you the results of our tests once they’re in.

If you have suggestions, ideas, or feedback you’d like to share with us, please post a comment below or send us an email at

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