Top Tech Trends To Lookout For in E-Learning App Development

16th November 2021

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Worldwide mobile education app downloads from 1st quarter 2017 to 1st quarter 2020, by platform(in millions)

AI-assisted learning


Even in a remote setup, it’s not possible for the student to teacher ratio to be 1:1 always. So how can we overcome this gap? The idea is simple, AI-assisted learning. AI chatbots come into play and answer questions in real-time. They can also assist with explaining concepts when a live teacher might not be free or available. This ensures that the student can keep learning at their convenience and not be dependent on the availability of a teacher alone.

AR/VR enabled learning


Fore-learning apps, their purpose and functionality can be taken to a whole different level if AR/VR integration is made possible. With Artificial & Virtual Reality learning enabled, explaining & understanding concepts of science and even history, geography, etc can become a much more immersive experience without the need for any lab or external visit. Students can experience learning in a whole new dimension and absorb information better.


Microlearning


This is the latest trend in e-learning and involves micro modules of the learning concepts which helps in better absorption of the information. This is extremely helpful for people who are short on time or are learning on the go. It’s easier to comprehend than larger lessons and can feel less overwhelming to use.


Video-based learning


This can include both live video classes and pre-recorded video sessions where educators explain the lesson plan to the class and then upload it for the students to view. A modular way is to have live classes over video and then record the classes and upload them to the app for those students who couldn’t attend it then. This helps create a virtual classroom setup without the need to adhere to any specific time zone or deadline. One can study and learn at their own pace & convenience.


Gamification


Gamification in any app can lead to better engagement and user interaction as it encourages the user’s behaviour with positive reinforcements. In the case of e-learning apps, positive reinforcement can be given as a milestone or points earned for every assignment submitted or course completed. Progress bars help determine how much more work needs to be done and a visual cue like that motivates one to complete tasks faster.


Learning analytics


These are huge and big data from students enables app developers and educators to understand the needs better. When the behaviour and the way the students interact best with the app can be determined, it becomes a lot easier to fine-tune it and make it an app that’s made to match their needs precisely. Updates, newer features, etc can all be determined by not just these analytics alone but also by taking regular feedback from the student users.


Blended learning


Blended learning is the use of various learning tools to create an e-learning app that is made with the future in mind. Imagine live video lessons assisted by VR learning and further encouraged with gamified achievement markers. All of these together create a motivated and immersive environment for learning.


STEAM based programs


We have often heard of STEM programs and learning apps, however, with the changes in global ideas, STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math is now catching attention. The idea is to create e-learning apps that help solve real-world problems using first-hand learning modules that are innovatively designed. Their exposure doesn’t limit itself to their physical, cultural or political environment and they can learn together with people across the globe.

STEAM-based programs are the new EdTech improvement over the STEM programs. This new trend of EdTech applies meaningful Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (the new element), and Math content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.

Concerning the advantages of STEAM, the first thing is that it helps students become increasingly curious about the world around them. Moreover, it also creates a safe environment for the learners to express and experience their ideas while thinking outside the box. The comfort of hands-on learning also helps students collaborate better with others.


Collaborative learning


The beauty of e-learning is that it’s not limited to any geographical location. You can be in any part of the world and get access to your study materials or areas of interest. This also means the use of virtual classrooms and/or forums to aid discussion and in-depth knowledge of the subject. With peers from across the world, different viewpoints can be shared and a much broader picture of the subject can be understood. This not only enables teamwork but also helps people understand how socio-political differences can impact decisions and create a more empathetic learning environment for students.


A good e-learning app will put the needs of its students first and these tech trends will ensure that their experience is great. Beyond this, with the right kind of tech expert in place, like Valere, you can always innovate your own unique features that will make your app stand apart from the competition. To get an estimate on the budget for your app, you can check out our App Development Cost Calculator.


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