Whether your customer base includes students in schools or employer training, apps are an excellent way to reach learners of all ages and backgrounds. Educational apps have numerous benefits over ordinary textbook learning, making them popular among institutions from kindergarten through post-graduate level college classes, as well as employer provided training and training programs offered by corporate training organisations. Here are the ways that mobile educational apps are changing education and how app developers can reach their target markets through mobile learning apps.
1. The Learning Process is Now Interactive
How-to type instruction that is incredibly difficult to present in text format becomes easy with a video tutorial.
Not all students can absorb and retain information simply by reading it in books. Additionally, when it comes to how-to type teaching, videos and illustrations in motion are far more effective than standard textbook presentations. Interactive learning gives the student hands-on tools for engaging with the content, which helps both with understanding and in retaining the information later.
2. Learning Apps Help Educators Connect With Students
In a typical classroom, one teacher might have 20-50 students to work with. In college and corporate training sessions, that number might skyrocket to 500! Learning apps can be enabled with communications features or help features that allow students to get the one-on-one assistance they need to be successful with the subject matter. This improves the chances of educational success, and also drastically improves the students’ enjoyment of the learning process. Enjoying education is key in encouraging students to stick with it and complete their diploma, degree, or certification.
3. Learning Apps Make Learning Social
Not only can students use a mobile educational app to get help or communicate with an instructor, apps can also make the learning experience social. By connecting with Facebook, Twitter, or a social platform unique to the app’s users, the app can be used to get help with questions, to share their newfound knowledge with others, or to get more perspectives and insight on the material. This works just like a college setting by enriching the learning experience through the addition of different viewpoints, perspectives, and people with different knowledge bases — all of which add depth and deeper insight into the subject material.
4. Learning Apps Can Deliver More Information to Students
By enabling search functions and other features, you can pack far more material and information into an app than you ever could a textbook. You can either power your app with a search engine or grant it access to a cloud database that is filled with additional resources, material, information, and guidance. Essentially, the teaching potential of a mobile app is unlimited.
5. Learning Apps Make School Cool
Let’s face it. E-learning is just way cooler than sitting in a boring, old-fashioned classroom.
Though this likely won’t be the case much longer, as mobile devices are becoming more common than lunch boxes and playgrounds, there is still a bit of a ‘cool’ factor associated with mobile educational apps. This is more pronounced at the corporate level, where students did not grow up with smartphones and tablets in the classroom. However, developers can still milk their mobile educational apps for a tiny bit of ‘wow’ factor, and any amount of excitement you instil in students pays off.
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Simon has worked in the software industry for over 20 years; intent on always producing work of the highest standard and creating software products that genuinely makes things better for people. Simon has previously held positions ranging from Developer, Technical Consultant, Head of Development through to CTO and more recently founder and CEO of several high profile technology companies.