Digital education is on your mobile with e-learning & SIS apps

5th October 2021


Over the past decades, learning and many forms of information systems have been thoroughly digitised. This means they have also been redesigned in a manner one can access them. These systems make them more accessible and easier to navigate. The past year, with the pandemic, turned this advancement in technology into a much-needed necessity as more and more children were stuck at home with no access to the institutions. Many institutions, as a result, are now investing in custom mobile app development to be ahead of the EdTech trend curve.

There are largely two types of custom mobile apps that you can get made for your EdTech needs based on the function they need to perform- e-learning apps & Student Information System (SIS) apps.

What are the types of digital education mobile apps?

E-learning apps

These are apps that are the core EdTech apps that enable people to learn digitally. They include quite a few functions including but not limited to:

  • Give access to study/course material
  • Interact with peers and educators
  • Receive & submit assignments
  • Track grades

These apps, in the case of non-school/college apps, also provide plenty of positive reinforcement for having completed tasks in the forms of badges, competitive leaderboards, points etc. Popular examples of non-school/college EdTech apps include Coursera & Duolingo. One covers a vast variety of subjects and levels of study from all across the world and the other helps people learn languages. Both saw tremendous growth especially during the pandemic and such apps are only expected to do better in the future.

SIS mobile apps

SIS or Student Information System apps are the ones that help take care of the logistical and administrative side of the educational setup. They help ease accessibility and transparency between the institutions and their pupils while also easing the burden of resources and effort. SIS mobile apps do quite a lot of functions such as:

  • Maintain student’s information records
  • Track attendance
  • Sign up/track classes
  • Track important memos
  • Track and/or pay fees
  • Access digital transcripts for grades
  • Book slots for labs
  • Book one-one-sessions with teachers

When the students get to do all this with the convenience of a mobile app, they are not leaving behind any unnecessary paper trail and neither do they have to be dependent on the institution or educators to give them access to all this information.

Why has the use of mobile apps gone up?

It’s hard to ignore the great push the pandemic gave to digital learning and the sheer necessity of it. But another massive reason for this push is the most base reason- the common use of smartphones and tablets amongst the student population. Be it a kindergartner who enjoys Paw Patrol and learning nursery rhymes on their tablet or the Master’s student on the go browsing on their phone. The fact that the internet and mobile devices are so widely accessible is one of the main reasons why mobile apps have fared so well in the past especially since 2020, making EdTech a great trend in the mobile app market.

Why choose mobile learning?

There are many reasons that make mobile learning more favorable over traditional methods of learning. A few of them include:

  • No geographical boundaries
  • Learning isn’t always time-bound
  • Access to previously attended lectures multiple times
  • Mobile access to all course/study material
  • Easy tracking grades & assignments
  • Can learn on the go; no need for any paraphernalia
  • Suitable modules and customized mobile apps according to audiences
  • More holistic scope of learning

What should one keep in mind when creating an e-learning app?

Many features can make your e-learning app truly stand out from the rest. The following can greatly benefit the growth of your app and can be a great way to create brand loyalty:

  • Offline access made available for course/study material
  • Optimised UI/UX for the smoothest user flow and highest engagement rate
  • Thoroughly researched information and credible educators
  • Feature to book one-to-one sessions with educators
  • Gamified with positive reinforcement
  • Multilingual (if applies)
  • User friendly for people with disabilities (if applies)

These are a few USPs that you can add to your customized mobile app in the e-learning sector.
The budget for such an app can seem confusing so to get an idea you can check out our App Development Cost Calculator. For any other queries or to build your customized mobile app, you can reach out to our experts at Valere.


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