Ever heard the phrase “there’s an app for that”? (There’s a ‘Guess that Phrase’ app too).
The phrase- coined by Apple’s ingenious advertising agency, and used as a smart a$$ response to a problem- is true.
As you must have come to expect, there is an app for everything imaginable. So why should education be left behind?!
According to a report by Ambient Insight, worldwide revenues for mobile learning products and services reached $8.4 billion in 2014, with 18% of the companies using mobile applications. The worldwide mobile learning market is estimated to reach $12.2 billion by 2017, and the percentage of mobile app learners is bound to grow.
But why is that? Why are apps so popular?
There are primarily two reasons for this:
#2. Apps offer a fun way of learning.
#1. Apps are just convenient.
Well, it’s that simple. Learning through a mobile phone or an app is as convenient as it can get. You do not need to remember a website name, type it in, search for it, or login every single time you visit.
An app opens an e-learning portal in one step. And what’s more, is an app makes learning fun. There’s:
- Interactivity/Gaming: Take a look at Duolingo. It’s a language learning app, which uses gamification and interactivity to encourage learning. Then there’s of course apps by e-teaching legends like Khan Academy.
- Personalization: Apps can be used to provide a personalized experience to students.
- Offline data: Content access doesn’t always need a data or WiFi connection. With apps course content can be saved for offline access.
Do I need an app? Won’t a Mobile Website do?
A mobile website differs from an app in many ways.
A mobile website does not have a dependency on the underlying operating system, it’s easy to update, can be easily found through a search engine, can’t be deleted, and the cost of building one is low.
A mobile app on the other hand can be built to use native functionality and perform complex operations, where mobile websites would fall short.
So, it actually depends on the purpose. If your aim is to purely share content and have a mobile presence, then a mobile or responsive website will do. But if you’re looking to engage your users through interactive content, add gamification, an app is what you need.
Why aren’t many e-Learning Organizations adopting this awesome Idea?
The high cost of building a mobile app!
Would you believe me if I told you this is a MYTH!
Hold on. Hold on. I won’t deny native apps can cost a great deal of money to build. Apps have been known to cost about half-a-million dollars.
But every app does NOT have to cost that much.
With the advancements in mobile app development technology, an app can be easily built at a lower cost. Mobile application development frameworks like Apache Cordova or Appcelerator Titanium make this task simple.
We’ve taken to these frameworks too, and are working on such an application too- not merely a LMS application but an end-to-end e-learning solution. Our application aims to be an adaptive e-learning app which we can tune to meet any learning organization’s need, keeping development costs low, yet offering a complete and native solution.
Curious to know more? Here are some preliminary screen designs. We’re still working on them, so you should see some more soon.
With features such as:
- Interactive Content and Quizzes
- Calendar reminders and App Notifications
- Gamification with Badges and Leaderboards
- Private messaging
- Social Login
…mobile apps better engage students, and push knowledge out on a regular basis- all in all functioning as a convenient way to access information and learn. Gamification adds a hint of competition; and discussions allow networking and collaboration possibilities.
With these advantages, you can undoubtedly forgo your archaic methods of teaching and adopt a way of teaching that’s engaging and personalized.
So…… what are you waiting for? Still got doubts? Ask them away in the comment section below!