Education is no longer confined to the walls of schools and educational institutions. With the dominance of smartphones and tablets, it is now possible to facilitate learning experiences online and beyond the boundaries of schools and institutions.
eLearning has been gradually gaining space in the application market and the reason is the pervasive education industry. There is literally no limit to the number of categories, fields of learning, languages, or cultural quirks involved in it. Also, students or young learners also try hard to do better than others. The idea of e-learning apps is to help them compete in the rat race by allowing them to read, learn, and absorb knowledge beyond their textbooks. However, developing an application is not so easy and instant. First you need to decide who the audience will be. Children, young learners and adults are the user groups that can benefit from an e-learning application. Second, you need to conceive of the learning idea or purpose that the app will serve. It can be about providing reading experiences (of any course material, books, etc.), video-based learning, online skills, tricky puzzles and question solving, language learning, and much more.
If you are thinking of entering the education industry with a useful learning app, here is a guide.
Deciding the type of leaners to target
Among the three defined user groups, decide who you want to help with your application. The type of application you want to develop depends on that. For example, if you’re targeting children, consider focusing on solving puzzles, learning numbers and alphabets through games, or learning elementary topics with fun interactions. On the other hand, engaging young scholars and adult learners means the app is presented with online tutorials, practice sets, eBooks and study materials, online lecture or discussion forms, or teacher learning videos.
Consider the features of your eLearning application
To make your app fun and engaging for users, be sure to incorporate the most interactive features.
Gamification: Prevents the learning experience from being boring. Gamifying the learning process with rewards, badges or power points will make the experience fun for the learners.
Cloud storage for the database: There should be a secure database in the form of cloud storage from where students can quickly access all the information they need.
Virtual classroom: Regardless of the category your app falls under, make sure it offers a virtual space where learners can meet and interact with each other. Also, the classroom should have writing tools, whiteboard, video recording, and sharing features.
User account and dashboard functionality – Make sure your app allows students to maintain a separate user account, where they can keep track of their learning courses, completed tests, downloaded videos, etc. on a board.
Other features: Try implementing other interactive features: voice recognition, social media sharing, push notifications, and multi-language support.
Consider monetization approaches to earn from your app
After you settle on your eLearning app idea, it’s time for you to decide how to make money from it. Effective monetization approaches that will get you good returns are in-app purchases, freemium policy, paid subscription packages, and partnership with schools and large educational organizations. Working with app sellers will further help you monetize your app and can even help you optimize your app store submissions.
Hire a mobile app development company
Lastly, to ensure the success of your eLearning app and make your contribution to the education industry truly great, partner with a knowledgeable and competent mobile app development company. Surely, you need a team that has technology expertise in both iOS and Android and experience in generalized app categories to push your app idea forward.