Mobile learning apps hope to sufficiently meet their customers’ changing expectations with the introduction of new technologies.
Mobile learning apps stood out as the game-changer when Covid-19 forced people to stay at home and seek alternative approaches. However, they will continue to be a part of education evolution even after the pandemic. The educational apps market is predicted to expand by $46.9 billion from 2020 to 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26%. With the aid of future technologies, their responses to users’ preferences will be further emphasized and enhanced.
The expected attributes
Each user looks for different learning apps features, yet their typical expectations usually boil down to attractiveness, functionality, and personalization.
An educational app must be appealing. Users are likely to attend a lesson that offers a distinctive theme, clear visual and auditory display. Learning should not be a dull and unimaginative experience. It is necessary to increase learners’ interest and engagement.
The app should be smart and instructive. Besides an attractive user interface, the tutorial should also be sufficient, up-to-date, and easy to understand. While users will indeed want to have the time spent on the app to be entertaining, the core purpose remains primarily educational.
Individualization is preferred and appreciated. Customers always enjoy services that they can identify with and make them feel personalized. For example, many will favor apps that allow them to choose different display settings based on their preferences and styles. Likewise, they also expect to track their performance records and constructive feedback that encourages progress accordingly.
Technologies that will highlight such features
The recent introductions of 5G, mixed reality, and AI show considerable potentials in helping education apps thrive.
The latest generation of the wireless network comes with greater capacity, excellent connectivity, and low latency. It enables quick transmission of multimedia information such as documents or visual and auditory features in premium quality.
Users, hence, can download ultra-high-definition instruction videos in a matter of seconds. The rocket-like speed and almost zero lag also enable more appealing, media-rich feature updates, leading to increasing user retention.
Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
Mixed-reality technologies facilitate an immersive, discovery-oriented approach. For instance, using a learning app featuring AR technology, students can observe a 3D representation of the Sun from all angles. Alongside the model, the app can also display an infographic on the planet’s mass, temperature, location in the Milky way, or even provide a voice narration explaining how it formed.
From the convenience of a mobile device, learners will gain in-depth knowledge of the subject while finding lessons more enjoyable and rewarding.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI-based algorithms help highlight the personalized nature that educational apps strive for. To be more specific, the AI-enabled system collects input data such as the user’s score in each subject, response rate, app’s entrance frequency, and so forth.
The algorithm analyses such information to generate suitable feedback, recommendations or make adjustments to the curricula automatically. This process creates a truly unique learning experience to suit each learner’s needs and help them grow at their own pace.
The growing popularity of mobile learning applications has played a significant part in the evolution of education. Shortly, by employing future innovations, the e-learning app industry will undoubtedly continue to flourish.
Hai-Anh majored in International Communications. She has been evolving in the technology industry by working as a tech writer for GEM. She’s tech-savvy and always eager to explore more opportunities.