Expanding Learning Experience with Edu-Apps

The e-learning market is approximately 22 years old. However, it was not so widely accepted as per the predictions until the companies found it to be most rewarding recently due to COVID that forced people to work remotely.

Positive Results of Online Education

Though online tutorials and online classes have been in business for many years, it was only after the impact of the global pandemic COVID-19 that the world realised the positive results of online education. Schools, colleges, and universities were asked to close; the uncertainties compelled people to stay indoors, as governments imposed complete lockdowns to protect their people from the deadly virus.

We were living in uncertain times, and so was the education sector. The businesses that could turn to online mode turned to online mode to sustain, and those who could not turn to online mode failed to survive. Since online education was already in application in many quarters, students were already aware of online tutorial classes, and it became more accessible for the educational institutions to initiate online teaching for the students; thus, it picked up fast. The reason, we saw a massive jump in the mobile app development of powerful educational mobile apps across the world.

Many startups, big corporations started filling the gap by developing useful educational apps to meet the growing demand. As a result, the worldwide e-learning market is projected to be worth $325 Billion by 2025 (Source: Forbes).

A System That Caters to the Students Sitting Remotely

In the last two years, we have learnt that the educational systems have to make a significant shift in operations. Educational mobile apps have become essential for every school. As remote education is fast becoming popular, it is fitting for educational institutions to build a system that can cater to the needs of their students remotely while delivering high-quality education.

 Here, we will focus on the different types of education mobile apps that one can develop, depending on various requirements. Therefore, we will not get into the technical part; instead, we will try to explain how many different types of e-learning apps you can find these days.

Types of Educational Applications You Can Develop

  • Language Learning Applications

Language learning apps help teach new languages through a detailed quiz integrated into the app. Some of the features of language learning apps – small video lessons, interactive lessons, images slides, and visual dictionaries.

  • Online Education Applications

Online education apps are ideal for personalising learning experiences. They provide online courses that may include diverse subjects.

  • Student Productivity Applications

The productivity apps are helpful for students to track and organise schedules and get reminders for deadlines and class hours. It helps improve outputs and meet deadlines.

  • Remote Class Application

The purpose of remote class applications is used to conduct exams and online classes. In addition, these apps have a video conferencing feature to cater to the various classes the school conducts.

  • Workplace Training Applications

Companies use workplace training apps to train their workforce. The apps can be developed as per the requirement of the companies.

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

MOOC is a platform or a marketplace of online courses, where anyone can enrol for free online courses. Usually, the courses consist of video lessons, study material, assessments, and discussion forums.

  • Online Assessment Applications

The assessment apps improve the assessment method for teachers and students. The features include – teachers can easily create exams and check results. And students have a smooth and efficient assessment process.

  • Virtual Classrooms Applications

Virtual classroom applications develop a virtual learning atmosphere, aiming to improve the distance learning process, enabling teachers/students with complete tools to engage online/remotely for studies. 

Key Specialities of Educational Applications

Here are some of the key features that one may find in the educational applications:

  • Video Tutorial

Video tutorials are effective tools used in educational apps to teach students. In addition, interactive videos are gaining popularity as they are believed to teach students faster.

  • Personalised Learning

Personalised learning experiences are good when different kinds of students opt for different ways of learning and studying. Students or learners can use features that they are comfortable with.

  • Interactive Learning

An interactive learning feature is a key to speeding up the learning abilities of students. For real-time interaction, audio feedback and visual cues are used.

  • Push Notification

Push notification is a crucial feature in apps to notify students about various deadlines or class schedules. It is also helpful to remind about unfinished courses, new courses, and new goals.

  • Tests/Assessment

A secure, balanced, and robust testing method is an essential feature for an educational application. Tests ensure that students are learning and allow teachers to find the gaps if students fail to clear the tests. In addition, skill evaluation features over voice, text, and various interactive visuals are vital.

  • Offline Access

Offline access is an essential feature for students who may not have an internet connection all the time. Therefore, it is a good idea to embed offline access so that they can continue working offline (without the internet).

  • Gamification

It has been observed that playing video games encourages critical thinking, improves motor skills and promotes vital social skills. It is also found that it can help build leadership and team-building skills. Moreover, the tools are effective for teaching educational skills, be it mathematics, biology, physics, or coding. Gamification adds fun and competition to the innovative methods of educational systems. It stimulates a sense of competition, further motivating learners to improve their gaming skills and aims for high scores. Gamification apps have trophies, bonus points, stars, badges, and other elements to applaud the winners and motivate them.

Wrap Up

People felt the usefulness of educational apps mainly during the peak time of the COVID-19 global pandemic when educational institutions were forced to shut down to prevent infections. Moreover, while the education apps are a great value add for remote students and help them learn new skills from a distance apart from academic textbooks, they are here to stay for years to come for their effective upskilling characteristic. While teachers and students could not meet or see each other in person, learning and teaching become more accessible and organised with these on-screen features.