The way technology has impacted our lives is evident in every walk of life. Whether it is personal or business activities, technology is making our lives easier and more efficient. People around the world are indulging themselves in mobile applications in order to perform daily basis tasks. As of now, various industries are taking the benefits of technologies to automate their business operations. The education sector is one of them, which is also taking the benefits of technology. In this era, educational apps are gaining popularity day by day. As we can say, Education or e-learning mobile application is a boon for our society. Various schools, colleges, universities, tutors or institutes are now entering this segment in order to enhance e-learning experience.
With today’s growing world, there is a need for education to be available in every hand. For this to happen, an Educational Application is to be developed which provides every kind of knowledge a person needs. Generally, there are kids and children who are in need of these kinds of applications. This application helps in many ways, such as providing topics for the exams, e-book, previous exam papers, answers to questions, Mock-test series and more.
There are many Educational Applications which are created for all types of age groups. BYJU’S is one of the leading Educational apps which is known for its best classroom communication and interactive learning models. Education through these apps is easy and everyone can access apps easily anywhere, anytime on their devices. Creating these apps requires a lot of guidance and assistance by the expert of different technologies required to build these kinds of applications.
The modern generation technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Cloud technology are playing an important role in education and striving to provide a better learning experience.
In 2016, the global revenue for the e-Learning industry was $107 billion, and it is expected to reach $325 billion by 2025.
The major factors promoting e-Learning or online education apps include:
- Low Cost
- Easy Accessibility
- Increase Learning Ability
- Increase Efficiency
- Effective And Flexible Education Solutions
- Increase Effectiveness By Animated Solutions
- 24×7 access, an individual can have content access anytime and from anywhere
Educational App- Cost and Features To Look in 2019
|Basic Features||External Features|
|Newsfeed/Activity Feed||Otp Reading|
|Data Sync||Rating/Review||In-App Calling or Messaging|
|In-App Camera||User Profile||
Secure Data Travel
|Push Notification||Image Manipulation||Connect To Third-Party API|
|Parent Connect||Bar Code/Qr Code|
Advance Features To Implement In Online Education App
Efficient Content Management: CMS is a very important part of the e-Learning app which allows admin to produce, update and manage application content quickly and easily.
Secure Login: A secure login, such as Google login API is used in the application to provide a secure login.
In-App Download Course Material: You can consider this feature to allow your users to download videos and e-books in the app. It’s easier for kids/children or students to access the downloaded course material.
Data Analytics: You can ask for this feature to your technology partner and developers. Through this feature, you can understand how your e-learning is really being used among the users.
Online Examination/Mock Test: Providing the online Mock tests and examination in the application itself is good for kids/students preparing for the examination. It helps them to prepare much better.
Easy App Maintenance & Administration: Maintaining an app like this is very easy. The app maintenance is done by the admin through admin panel for analyzing the statistics and adding or removing the files on the application.
Quizzes to Earn Points: This feature will increase the usability of your application. Through this, A number of students can join the quiz provided by you to earn points. Further, students can redeem these points to download e-books, study material or videos.
New Quiz/Course Alert: Your users will get a notification when you added a new course or announced a new quiz.
Interaction Between Student and Teachers: There is a way in the application through which a student can communicate with the tutor provided and interact with them through the contact number or in-app communication like messaging.
Readable Material: Reading Material for students is easily available according to the subject and the latest updated courses running in the school.
Searching Criteria: There are both advance and normal search criteria available through which a student can directly search what he wants or if he is not getting the results he can have an advanced search in the panel.
Forums: The application is integrated with the Forums, where a student can also ask questions in general and get answers. It’s basically a room where everyone is a part of the discussion.
Online Transaction: The application is provided with the very secure and safe online transaction for in-app purchase such as paying for the fees of an online test series or for purchasing the reading material.
Free Subscription and Premium Subscription: You should add this feature if you are providing them with advanced and massive study materials, including videos, and solved questions and answers. With 30 days of free trial, you can set Free subscription with 30% free access of content, whereas premium subscription allows them to access 100% content.
Admin Panel And Its Features
Theme Management: There is a theme management feature provided in the application so the front-end user can choose the look so that there is a new feel every time the user login to the application.
Manage Subscription: Admin has the right to manage the subscription user has owned or he/she wanted to buy. Like
- Request to activate
- Price of the items
- Delete the user Subscription
- Update/Renew the user Subscription
- Edit the item Subscription details
Managing Courses: Tutorials/e-books/videos uploaded by the tutors are reviewed by the admin to be published on the application or not. Admin will be able to view all the courses and their reading material added by the tutor.
- Search for the material
- Add or remove the description
- Change the price of the topic
- Add the time slot for tutors
- Add filters for both the tutors and students
Transaction: Admin can view the transaction history of the users, who have purchased any material or paid fees for any exam through the application.
Orders: Admin can also track the student order done for any study packages.
Content Management: Admin will be able to manage the content on both the application and the website.
- Admin can add/upload the content
- Edit the content
- Can change the content indexes for pages
- Can also deactivate or activate a particular section of content on the page.
Shipping: Admin can track the shipping status for delivery of the item such as study material and have the delivery status.
Tutor Panel And Its Features
Registration: A tutor can register on the app using their Mail ID or mobile number. Admin will review the details of tutors and then provide a unique code to log-in.
Easy Login: A tutor is provided with a unique number by the Admin which is used to login in the application. The registration number would be unique for every Tutor.
Chat & Interaction: This feature is available in both student and tutor panel, which helps them to interact with students to resolve their queries.
Uploading Media/File/Content: This feature in the tutor side or panel allows them to upload the media content such as video tutorials and study materials for different courses which are monitored by Admin in the admin panel.
Student Panel And Its Features
Registration: Student can easily sign-up using email id, social signing and mobile number in the app.
Login: User can easily login into the app by just clicking on the login button and by providing the required information.
Password Reset: A user can reset his/her password if they forgot it. There is a forgot password option provided in the login menu which helps a user by verifying them and providing them the password reset option.
Profile: Profile Management option available for each user to make their profile by adding the personal information or by adding the profile image.
Course selection: Student can select their own course and manage it if they want to change the course after their first course is finished.
Order: Students can order the course or any study materials from the app and also can track their order through the application itself.
Mock Test: Students can have the mock test on the application or on the web browser by logging into the web app on the browser. It can help them to prepare well for the exams.
Subscription: Students can subscribe to get access of free courses, and videos. Students can also discuss the topics and doubts with the tutors.
Making it offline: Tutorials, study materials or videos downloaded by the student in the app can be accessed or watched offline anywhere and anytime.
Tutor Interaction/Live Chat: A student with a premium subscription can interact with tutors. Students can talk over messages and can get their queries resolved. This In-App communication is a trending feature in the eLearning mobile application.
Order History: A user can view his/her order history in the app to see what purchases he has made and can also view the purchases if they still have it. They can view the purchase date, price, and the name of the item they have purchased.
Report Analysis: In the virtual learning environment, students can have full access to their performance reports. It will help students enhance their performance.
Course Search: A student can search their courses by typing the course name or an appropriate keyword for it. Or, they can search their courses by category.
Cloud Integration: Nowadays, with the growing technology, the storage options for everything is changed we are moving towards the online storage options which include the cloud storage and many other storage options created like Firebase. Cloud environment used is Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Augmented Reality and Virtual reality: Augmented Reality is one of the most advanced technologies used in applications. You can implement artificial graphics into the physical environment. Virtual Reality, it’s quite costlier than Augmented Reality and is not easily available for people. Virtual Reality creates an enhanced experience for users.
Payment Gateways: Using the payment gateways for In-App purchase is beneficial. There are many payment methods which are used to pay for the in-app purchase. Such as Net-Banking, e-Wallet, Credit/Debit Cards, PayPal, Braintree & Stripe.
Database: The database used in this app would be Mail Chimp Integration, MongoDB, MYSQL, Firebase, etc.
Mobile Technologies: React JS, Java, Ionic, Swift, XCode, and Android are used to create mobile applications.
UI/UX: For UI and UX, HTML5, CSS, Photoshop, Sketch, etc., used to design the UI model for an application.
Web Technologies: Using technologies such as CakePHP, Laravel, WordPress will help you to build your web application environment which will make it easier when you open them on the browser.
Team to Build An Education App
To provide a better user experience an application should be developed by the team, not by an individual. So that each component in the application is created according to user needs.
Team Required For A Basic Application
- Team Leader
- 1-2 Programmers
- Quality Analytics
- UI/UX Designers
Team Required For An Advanced App and Web app
- Project Manager
- Team Leaders
- 3-5 Programmers
- 2 Back End developers
- 2 UI/UX Designers
- 2 Quality Analytics
- System Administrator
e-Learning App Development Cost
An average to develop an Educational app Depends on the platform you build the application. The estimated cost totally depends upon minimum time and effort required to technically build the app. A cost to develop an app highly depends upon the following factors.
- Native Apps
- Hybrid Apps
- Database Integrated Apps
An eLearning app builds on these platforms can be higher than progressive app development.
Cost of App Design
The app design is an integral part of the cost of development. It’s a factor for implementing
- Designer: Hiring a professional or a senior designer you should be paid up to $150. A designer with less experience will cost you around $40/hour.
- Location: Depending upon the region you hire the designer the cost varies as
- USA & Canada: $100-$250/hour
- Australia: $100-$150/hour
- UK: $90-$180/hour
- Eastern Europe: $50-$150/hour
- Indian Developers: $20-$50/hour
The Simple app design will cost you around $4500, an Average app design will cost you around $9000 and Complex app design will cost you around $15000.
If you are building an application which is based on a single platform, then for iOS the total cost will be somewhere around $5000-$30000 and for Android, it will be around $5000-$35000.
Know the Cost by In-App Key Features:
- User Login: To get into the app and use its features you need to login to your account you created in the application. Using API’s can cost you not all the API’s are freely available on the internet. The User Login API integration can cost you up to $100-$250.
- Push Notification: This is a must-have feature on every application these days. The push notifications are none other than Real-time updates that will keep a user informed about any activities related to an app or service. Integrating this feature in iOS, Android and Web app can cost you around $250- $300.
Time Required: Between 30 to 50 hours
- Navigation: App navigation is the first step in the development process that’s how a user moves from one page to another. By Scrolling, swiping, or by action button present in the screen. It may cost around $300 depending upon the work hours.
- Chat/Messaging: It’s an essential feature if you are providing user interaction. It can cost you around $50-$250.
Time Required: 50 hours
- In-app Purchases: There are various items in the application which are available to be purchased and to be taken offline. These items could be subscription, study material, premium features and more. To integrate this the cost could be around $300-$600.
Time Required: 30 hours
- Payment Integration: The payment integration into the e-Learning mobile app could cost you around $2000-$4000. These payment gateways are Net Banking, PayPal, or Credit/Debit cards or e-Wallets.
Time Required: 50+ hours
- Offline mode: This is a very beautiful feature for every user. With this feature, the user can directly take any study material or videos available offline and watch them anytime and anywhere they want even when they are not connected to the internet. The cost is around $500.
Time Required: 50+ hours
- Database: It is a very essential feature in the application to store any media or docs on the application through a database server. An SQL injection used to connect the database which is the fastest way to initialize the data in the app. The database connectivity can cost you up-to $700-$800 if you are connecting a very fast database type.
Time Required: 50+ hours
- Search Bar: The search bar is very important if you are building a complex application which has a very large amount of data stored. The user can easily search and find the data inserted in the search bar can cost you around $250.
Time Required: 10+ hours
App Maintenance Cost
The application maintenance can cost you according to the total cost of your mobile app development. Various companies provide fixed time such as 90 hours, 120 hours or 150 hours on respective cost that could be around $20,000. Here are some components that come in app maintenance.
- Push Notification
- Payment Gateways
- Bug Fixing
- Emergency Maintenance
- Third Party API’s cost
- Powerful Servers
- App stores developer fee