How to develop an educational app?

Do you think the revolutionary changes in technology, latest adoption of newer technologies has just been biased to one specific industry? Well, if you think so, then you are probably wrong because technology innovation is a part of every domain and company size. Starting from manufacturing, retail, ecommerce and education is not an exception to it. Also, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Smartphones and the internet have become the guiding source to most of the people in the world. So, what makes smartphones a part of this huge sea of knowledge? Of Course, you know the answer- Applications! Yes, mobile apps are the only ways smartphones are given a chance of becoming a guide to businesses. 

If you are under the assumption that this blog will show you all the facts on how the internet works in favor of educational app development. Then you are wrong because this blog has an entirely different intention. This one is created to highlight the procedure of how from scratch an education app is developed, what aspects are kept in mind and what are the must-have features in an e-learning app. This post will give you a perspective where you must know how to determine potential cost and take maximum monetization from educational app development for your business.

1. How to Create an Educational App From Scratch?

First of all, If you have this question of who makes use of educational apps? And why should we develop educational apps? 

Businesses for example BYJU’S, Upgrad, Simplilearn are actively engaged in the online education sector aka eLearning and are the prime customer of developing educational apps based on their education model. Purpose of developing an education app is to impart knowledge and give the customers a leverage to access knowledgeable learning materials from anywhere at any time. Educational apps primarily target kids of all ages, students, candidates, and pupils who want assistance with exam preparation. So, the app is not just limited to kids apps, there are individuals from every age sector who are keenly interested in a mobile app that educates users. 

So, when you decide to develop an application, you must know who your target audience is and what type of content is required and what functionality must your business develop uniquely. The first step towards it is developing the idea.

1.1 Developing a Concept

In the process of developing an educational app, you must first understand what difference will your app make when it comes into the market. In addition, you must also know what would these target audiences  like to see on their phones, what type of trends, or knowledge based databases or communication channels. In accordance with all these , come up with some unique ways of developing education apps. Also, during this process, do not forget the technology. When you develop an education app, you must consider which technology is futuristic  and will help your customers in an intuitive and responsive way.

1.2 Market Research

An educational apps market is now one of the biggest platforms where they test the latest technological solutions, and businesses benefit as a part of monetary gains  . The educational app industry is predicted to expand by more than $46 billion by 2024.

With these statistics of industry expansion, you need Pay close attention to this phase since a lack of good marketing research is one of the main reasons why so many firms fail before they can make a statement. So, if you are a company willing to bring a customer-centric application, then you must  take the opinions of customers. Take a survey as a part of your research which can be offline or online. Based on that, design a roadmap for your application further.

1.3 The App’s User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX)

The importance of first impressions cannot be overstated. Especially when it comes to a diversified audience, you need to make them impressed within a go. Students, instructors, and schools will only download it if the educational app design is straightforward, beautiful, and easy to use. And, once again, when it comes to youngsters, design simplicity is paramount. Simultaneously, the vivid images and entertaining music should cater to the demands of all clients.

1.4 Milestones, Iterations, and Project Implementation

In this process of implementation, you will need several documents, a straight-forward strategy achievable and a milestone timeline. According to that the iterations will be performed and your educational app development team must agree on a quick delivery time. If not, there are third-party companies working in tandem to deliver the best within the shortest time-to-market.

This timetable, however, should not be so short that it interferes with the software development process. Agreeing on attainable goals is a wonderful method to do this. Milestones may also be used to track the progress of your project. As a result, the discovery phase is basically a guide to activities for a development team, ensuring that everyone understands each other and is working toward the same goals.

Another is the creation of the next feature’s process, which begins after logging in. Consider skimming through a library of learning management systems or selecting a mentor.

1.5 Stack of Technology

If you are a technical lead from the IT team, you know what is the right tech stack for building an  educational app.You can assign the team tasks to understand your needs and the goal of developing the educational app. For that, your educational app developers might need to understand which technology stack will be apt. Rather than deciding which tools to use for development, a technological stack that helps satisfy the particular requirements is required.

Native apps are the majority of apps that enable eLearning procedures throughout iOS and Android operating systems, featuring 3-D animations, videos, and gamification functions.

If you want a simple and speedy launch, HTML5 online applications or Hybrid multi platform apps would suffice. As a part of education apps, you can also use advanced technologies like Artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of things , augmented reality, virtual reality and similar other technologies.

1.6 Testing the Applications

Testing is an inescapable element of app development. We all know that it is a procedure that verifies that a software programme operates correctly and in accordance with the specifications. The main goal of software testing is to ensure that the programme is not only user-friendly and straightforward, but also error-free. Furthermore, bug-free software is critical to obtaining client happiness. Overall, quality assurance is an unavoidable aspect of the software development process that ensures each product provides exceptional value.

With this, we have almost covered the strategy part. We now know what should be considered in the pre-development process of creating educational apps.. With this, you are half way through the needs of educational apps and now you will move toward the implementation phase. To get advantageous of next level applications, you must know what features an ideal customer expects. So, let’s see what are the main aspects of educational apps.

2. Features That Every Educational App Should Have

Features That Every Educational App Should Have

2.1 Account Creation & Registration

Some of the most inevitable and sought-after features will only be included in this process of development. As we now know, this educational app is not just intended for students but for all who want to learn something and grow in their fields. Considering that, there should be an option of Account creation where anyone can create an account and use the material or take online classes from it. Do not continue with what your competitors do, add something new of your own. This aspect of the app will be a start to accessing data in the learning process.

2.2 Tutorials and Collaborative Platform

Basically, an educational app needs to be simple yet intuitive in nature. When you develop an educational app, you must ensure that the app is high-performing and up-to-date since there are tutorials being watched by many and multiple users are added in a group chat. So when you build an educational app, its customer base must be ensured. In this sector there are two kinds of applications for students as well as teachers. The first is utilized during classes and acts as instructional material for teachers, as well as for the organization of the learning process. In the same case, you can create a second sort of application that is a cloud-based application that is utilized for remote learning. It centralizes all instructional materials in one location and provides alternatives for communication between instructor and parent, behavior control, and knowledge.

2.3 Group Chats

Since, this learning app will be used by everyone from Teachers, students, parents of students, principals and several other stakeholders as well. So, whenever you build an application, you will have to ensure that even if there are millions of participants your app will still perform at its best without any interruptions. 

2.4 Course Management

Teachers will be allowed to use this tool to add, update, or delete courses. Teachers may use this tool to upload inspirational youtube videos, movies, photographs, PPTs, PDF papers, interactive knowledge tests, and other instructional resources.

2.5 Alerts and Notifications

This feature will help the users to register with their email ids or mobile phone numbers. On doing that, they will receive an update regarding any new information or new call schedule, report card of child or any other details. These alerts and push notifications features will give users a chance to utilize your services as well, if there is something new that you have introduced as a company and want users to try. There will be push notifications for each update on learning apps which will amplify user engagement and inform them on new updates.

2.6 Convenient Class Schedule

Consider the formation of class schedules while considering how to design an educational app. The student should be able to progress through the course in phases, beginning with basic subjects and progressing to more complicated ones.

2.7 Social Media Integration

In the world-driven by social media platforms, there are many ways of Social network integration for sharing information. At times, it makes the complex problems easier and comprehensible. One of them is by sharing global talent through social media networks. In this way, you are easily able to show students innovative ways to solve their problems.

2.8 Search Functionality

The search functionality is imperative in learning apps to help students to locate courses that they are interested in. They may examine the course schedule, video tutorials information, teacher information, pricing, reviews, and other facts.

2.9 Practice Sheet & Mock Tests

This is another essential part of making an improved e-learning app development process. This is not mandatory, however you can have this feature of practice tests and mock for students to practice and do better in exams. This will make online education better and enhanced.

2.10 Multi-Language Facility

It is again not necessary but it is always advisable for businesses to build an educational app that is compatible at its best. When it comes to platform, screen size, desktop or mobile apps, and even languages should be covered by your developed educational software.

2.11 Payments

It is always good to make an educational app with all-inclusive features and facilities. If you are a company offering video tutorials or webinars and that may not be free sometimes, you must add a payment option within the application. This should be a secure system helping your customers to trust the education application development process.

2.12 Feedback

Last and the final one, is to include a feedback section in your app where you can welcome all the suggestions and improve your overall educational app(even in later stages).

3. Conclusion

Through this entire blog on how to create an educational apps, you must know that companies are looking for more and more learning apps, and yours could be one of their favorites. Seamless registration, reliable learning materials, video tutorials, online courses, language learning are some of the aspects that can help you create awesome educational apps. So, you must build an educational app that contains all of this, and in addition to this, if there is something else, you would like to add extra brownie points. You as a business will be able to harness many other benefits like time and place flexibility, broad range of choices, efficiency, scalability and cost-effectiveness.

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Itesh Sharma

Itesh Sharma is core member of Sales Department at TatvaSoft. He has got more than 6 years of experience in handling the task related to Customer Management and Project Management. Apart from his profession he also has keen interest in sharing the insight on different methodologies of software development.

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