With the exponential rise of digitization across all segments, the educational app industry is booming at breakneck speed. Especially following the COVID pandemic and the disastrous consequences on educational interactions and learning environments, embracing educational apps has become imperative.
How can an education app development company take this opportunity to build a winning product for learners and teachers? Well, it is never easy enough without knowing the time-honored practices, steps, technologies, features, and resource requirements for such a project. Here below, we are going to explain these aspects in some detail.
The Key Features of An Educational App
First and foremost, you need to have a good idea of the key features that should be included in an educational app. Here we mention them.
● Registration & login
● User profile creation
● Search function with filters
● Language choices
● User history and reports
● Offline access
● Download option for contents
● Push notifications
● Live video classes
● Task Scheduling
● App Analytics
Decide the Business Model of the App
An education app involving a big development cost needs to earn money, and it should rely upon monetization. As Bilas from Imperioit aptly put it, “many e-learning apps follow paid mode, but this doesn’t prevent us from looking for other options.” Here below, we describe some popular monetization models.
● The free trial is followed by paid model: You can offer your app content for free for a certain period, and thereafter users need to pay to continue with the app.
● Paid: With this model, users must pay in advance to use the app.
● Freemium: With this model, there will be a free version with limited content and features, and users need to pay the price to enjoy complete access to other content and features.
● In-app Ads: With this model, users can access the app for free, but the app will earn revenues through ads shown to the users.
● In-App Purchases: With this model, users need to pay separately for some content or features while using the basic app for free.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Educational App
Now you have a good idea of educational apps’ monetization models and features. Now let us elaborate on the development steps.
Select an educational app category
There are different types and categories of education in the market, and you need to have a good idea of every app category’s challenges and opportunities. You have many choices, from language learning apps to e-learning apps, content-focused apps on different subjects, to apps for kindergarten children, to educational games.
Determine the app features
Based on the chosen educational app niche and category, you need to determine the features for the app project. First, you must define the gross requirements followed by the details and particular specifications. You also need to define the requirements based on the users, devices used by them, and business models.
When the app idea, features, and requirements are clear, a design team needs to engage in shaping the UI/UX of the app. Some key aspects that UI/UX designers need to ensure include an aesthetic appeal of the app, ease of use, and relevance for the learning subject. The design process should go through wireframing, mock-up, and dynamic prototyping.
Developing an MVP product
You have finished the design process, and it is time to develop the app following best practices. Instead of building a fully-fledged app product, it is always advisable to build it incrementally over time. This is where the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) approach fits in. You can just build an early and elementary app version with basic features defining the core objective. Based on these features, users should still be able to find your app useful.
When you have built the MVP app, the same can be released in the market for the target audience. Based on the user feedback, the app development team can further optimize the app and incorporate more features and user experience attributes as required by the app product.
Iterate, add value, and provide user support.
Since you have created an MVP app, the app following the release needs updates based on user feedback and should be backed up by a strong support team taking care of user queries and issues.
A strong support and maintenance team and iterative updates ensure that you are always taking care of the user experience. This comes as the fundamental principle for educational app success.
Cost of Building An Educational App
Like any other app project, the cost of building an educational app is equally dependent upon a plethora of factors ranging from the size and complexity of the app project to user experience attributes to the development approach and methodology. Since you have chosen to build an MVP, the initial development cost can be lower, but you need to set aside investment for future value additions and updates.
How skillful and experienced resources you hire and from where you hire these resources also can determine the development cost to a great extent. Choosing a development company with a great portfolio of educational app projects and a competitive hourly cost can help you build a winning app at a lesser cost. Though the cost of development cannot be determined immediately, the cost may vary from 10,000 to 30,000 US Dollars.
Summing It Up
The pandemic-led crisis and its impact on our schools and institutions have forced many students and teachers to embrace educational apps. Even though the situation has been normalized and classes have begun in most parts of the world, learners and teachers have already developed a habit of relying on these apps. This is why there are no stopping opportunities for the developers of educational apps.