The Educational Software Development Methodology
Educational software development has now become the need of time. You ask me why? The answer is very simple and I think you may already know the answer – digitization and the emergence of advanced technologies.
That is automating educational practices for everyone including students, teachers, and educational institutions. This is the reason why more and more educational institutions throughout the world are making use of software and applications. Schools, colleges, universities, you name it.
The amazing development in the digital world is opening doors of endless possibilities and opportunities for the education sector. But the trick is to take hold of opportunities at the right time. Moreover, technology is reshaping education – gone are the days of traditional and old ways of teaching and learning. Now is an era of dynamic learning through tools and technologies such as educational software development.
Some Benefits of eLearning Software Solutions
Availability of Smart Content
Content is crucial for education. Basically, it is all content that students familiarize themselves with in order to learn. Moreover, on the other hand, teachers make use of content to teach. Textbooks are filled with content but are the textbook content interactive? Does it keep students interested?
The chances are very low. Because now smart devices have become an active part of our lives, students too, want interactive learning experiences, and textbooks cannot deliver that experience.
Therefore, educational applications give access to smart content, and content that is meaningful. Students have a very low span of attention, the reason why smart interactive content maintains students’ attention, especially children who are very young. They are fascinated with baby sharks and other nursery rhymes that have moving objects. It not only enhances the ability to learn but also encourages them to have fun while they learn and who doesn’t want that.
Educational Software Development Enhances Communication
After offering engaging content, communication is one of the most important things that strengthen student-teacher relationships, am I right? Having transparent and open communication is very important to strengthen the bond between parents, teachers, and students alike. It is also very important for learning. If you think that the results would be effective even without communication, then you are very mistaken. Through education software students and parents can reach teachers whenever they want without any obstruction in the communication lines. Moreover, teachers can easily connect with their students to share resources and with parents to share students’ progress.
eLearning Enables Customized Learning
It’s a given fact that students who do not get an enabling or a desirable working arrangement or environment are way less interested in studies. It not only negatively affects their performance but also their mental health.
Traditional classroom settings are already set and arranged by the schools themselves and students have little say in what they would like their learning environment to look like. Even though there is interaction between students and teachers yet teachers are unable to give one-on-one attention and also when a teacher is teaching a class of like 30 students, focusing on every child’s needs individually can become quite difficult. Therefore, in eLearning environments, every teacher can keep track of students’ progress, identify their weak and strong areas and develop a customized learning plan.
It helps Education Institutions to go Paperless
According to studies, the value of the textbook industry is $7 to somewhere around $ 10 billion and an average student, especially college-going, spends around $1200 annually solely on textbooks. Moreover, some students finance their textbooks mostly through their student loans. Therefore, one huge benefit of education software development is that it does not require students to get textbooks.
The Educational Software Development Process
There are so many steps educational software developers go through before they come up with a fully functional product. The following are among the most key steps:
The first step in education software development is to plan. Identify your goals and purpose. Make sure that the software you are proposing has a need in the education industry. Only then your product can succeed.
After planning you need to evaluate the market. This is where you check out your competitors and run a complete analysis from features to pricing. Moreover, at this stage, you also identify your potential customers.
Design & Development
After you have gathered the requirements, identified your goals and audience, you start with the development and design phase. Just know the design phase comes before development. Educational software designers design the complete UI/UX design, based on rough wireframes. After which functional prototypes are forwarded to the development team for coding.
During and after the development, quality assurance experts ensure the quality of the product and make sure that it is free of bugs and errors that might come in the way of the customer journey.
Now that the final product has been floated in the market for beta testing. The development team regularly checks and takes customer feedback and improves the quality of the product based on the feedback.