Mobile App Development and Its Impact on the Education Sector

A study conducted in 2014 by researchers at Baylor University found that college students spent an average of eight to ten hours daily on their cell phones. Teens are no better, with 75 percent of them possessing smartphones and 50 percent of them expressing an “addiction” to their phones. A 2012 study found that teens between the ages of 14 and 17 send almost 100 texts in a day.

This just goes on to prove how tech-savvy the current generation of students is. They have an almost instinctual grasp of all things mobile, be it games or apps. So, it makes sense that kids learn faster when taught digitally via apps instead of the more traditional methods like printed books and blackboards. In fact, Open Colleges states that 81 percent of US teachers believe tablets improve classroom learning, while 86 percent think tablets make learning more efficient. All this has given fresh impetus to mobile app development in major tech hubs, such as Florida and California. But the big question is, to what extent can mobile app development help the education sector? Take a look below.

Efficient Learning Possible Due to Mobile App Development

New mobile applications that facilitate and improve learning have made teaching fun. Using mobile apps enables students to enhance efficiency and precision due to the following factors:

Independent Learning: Thanks to mobile app development, the learning process is no longer limited to the confines of the classroom. Students can now gain knowledge and resolve their queries from the comfort of their home.

More Options: The sheer variety of applications available for learners on their tablets or smartphones is astounding.

Easy Access to Administrative Resources and Knowledge: Educational courses become visually lasting thanks to e-learning applications.

Improved Student Engagement: Some apps enable students to learn from an audio-visual medium, thereby helping them to retain the information for longer periods. When an individual watches videos or listens to audio files, they begin to understand and retain a concept better than textbooks.

What Goes into the Making of Mobile Apps for Education

A lot more goes into the app development than just technical know-how. Money is at the top of the list. While the development tools are often free, things like licenses and associated servers incur considerable charges. This is why some educational institutions prefer to get the job done in-house; they hire mobile designers and developers to keep their apps up-to-date. Some institutions even outsource their work. There are applications that provide access to private information, like grades. These apps need secure coding. In fact, some institutions have begun to use single sign-on to assure both privacy and security of data.

One can prevent any mobile app development issues through proactive communication between the network security team and the developers. Some security teams even review the codes before launching apps. Once the app goes live, the biggest challenge for developers is to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile marketplace.

Mode of Development

Some institutions have resorted to the use of an open source middleware framework for creating apps for students and the faculty. Architecturally, this framework seeks to create a sort of mobile web page template and then make it available for various smartphone models. Thus, it all comes down to cross-platform compatibility. This makes sense as most mobile apps adopt a browser-based approach for promoting their application.

It was only a matter of time before the education sector went digital and mobile apps served to hasten the process. It comes as little surprise that mobile app development is in demand in Florida and other forward-thinking places. Using mobile apps makes teaching fun and learning easier for students.

Why is Education Necessary?

Every human being needs oxygen to survive in the world. Education is as important as this because education gives people the knowledge and skills they require. Education is important to people of all ages and it has no limit. Children require education in order for them to learn how to speak and to write. Students in higher education level require knowledge in order to gain valuable information regarding what they are studying about. Managers in companies require education to improve them in decision making and adapting to changing environment. One cannot say that they do not need any further education no matter how smart they are because the quality of education is always improving.

This is the reason why education is becoming increasingly important and it has now become a necessity to everyone. In the past two decades or so, parents did not see education to be important for their child as they believed that their child only needs knowledge on certain issues. If parents still have the same mentality today, their child will find it difficult to make a living in today’s world which has become very competitive. Even in lower education level, students are already competing with each other to determine who will get the highest grade in class. If these students are already so competitive in school just imagine how competitive would they be when they move on to higher education and after that, work.

With the standard of education getting higher, an organization’s demand for an individual’s level of education is also getting higher. Many years ago, a fresh graduate is able to apply for any job they want with a high school certificate. A few years on, expectation grew and the minimum requirement was a diploma certificate. Today, many students with degree level certificate are unemployed unless for those are holding certificates from prestigious universities. Imagine, if degree holders are already missing out on jobs, how those with only high school or diploma certificate fare? The level of standard and expectation of education has grown to a level where one cannot afford have insufficient education. This has how important education has become.

Education – An Indispensable Asset

“Education is the transmission of civilization.” – Will Durant (American Writer & Historian, 1885-1981).

Education is an indispensable asset to attain fame, power, money, freedom, social justice and peace. With the rising of global economic trends, education becomes more imperative in facing many challenges that the future holds for the humankind.

An ever changing and developing economy needs a well-educated workforce to thrust it forward to a newer world. With a recuperating economy, job market for new skill-set is born. Recruiters prefer people with fresh or recent degrees, attached to their existing education, to fill the vacancy. Today, a job seeker’s career may suffer due to lack of adequate education. Therefore, it becomes essential for each job seeker to continue evolving. Education, perhaps, is the best medium to improve knowledge, skills and personal development, resulting in building healthy relationships among individual, groups and nations for a better tomorrow.

Education has crossed boundaries and has become international. Today, distant learning has become a new face of education, recognized by the world over. Universities and colleges across the globe offer various programmes for individuals either seeking a continuing education or a professional degree.

Distant learning creates an educational experience outside the classroom. Teachers and students communicate either through a print & electronic media or through technology. Individual’s can now earn their degrees in the relative comfort of their homes.

Internet provides an array of online professional and educational courses, which comes with a price or free of charge. Many accredited universities, colleges and schools’ provide an online platform to revive and enhance continuing education. Individuals’ must wisely choose a virtual school from the whole gamut, and not be fooled by the freebies being offered.

Individuals’ must assess their need for earning a degree, first. Is it the need to graduate with flexible education program or increase the value of their resume for better jobs?

Making a choice of subject, curriculum, faculty, mode of correspondence and fee structure is the next step towards improving your future. Enrolling in an online degree course is the final step to improve your education credibility.

Credibility (Accreditation) and Learning Costs are the two parameters that should be kept in mind before pursuing online education.

Educational regulatory bodies are constructed to certify colleges and universities interested in providing online degree course. Based on which agency the college is affiliated to, individuals’ may choose their online education board.

The fee structure should be appropriate to the courses offered. It should be able to suit individuals’ pockets. After all, the purpose of online education is to impart knowledge to all humanity and the objective can be achieved when education is provided at a reduced cost.

Earning a degree at home can be achieved by choosing an option from the following six choices, which are:

– Correspondence conducted trough regular mails.
– Telecourse/Broadcast, in which content is delivered via radio or television.
– CD-ROM – student interacts with computer content stored on the CD.
– Pocket PC/Mobile Learning – student access course content stored on a mobile device or through wireless server.
– Integrated distance learning – interaction with distance learning curriculum integrated of live, in-group instruction program.
– Internet conducted programmes either synchronously (telephone, video & web conferencing) or asynchronously (message board forums, email, fax/voice mail, audiocassette & videocassette).

Online degrees encompasses subjects which are offered in the regular curriculum at the campus. Therefore, students enrolling for distant education can pursue subjects from the field of Science & Technology, Business & Finance, Humanity & Fine Arts as easily as a regular on-campus student.

Quality of Education and the Recruiters

I studied engineering in Shivaji University which is a reputed university now but at the time when I was growing up the engineering students from this university were ridiculed for their lack of knowledge and ability. Generally, the recruiting process of headhunters places an overwhelming emphasis on the final interview deciding the fortune of a fresh candidate. This was unfair to the candidates from smaller cities as their English was not up to the mark and despite being fluent engineers and qualifying through rigorous tests they were getting rejected in the interview. This thinking by the recruiters of selecting the best among equals was clearly defective. I do agree that when the candidates are almost equal in their qualifications and knowledge and ability some criteria have to be there for selecting a candidate right? Adequate speaking abilities are needed even for engineering jobs, but my English speaking abilities deciding my chances of getting an engineering job is really ridiculous. Now that I have become a writer my chances will be really good right? Just kidding!

Similar such defective procedures which are in place in various fields need to be corrected for various appointments. There are many kinds of jobs in general such as, government jobs, private jobs and the jobs in charity organizations etc. All these jobs will have different requirements, facilities offered and remuneration. But nobody tells this in any syllabus I know of. Why are students not intimated officially that they will face this environment and they should know about it. The reality is that they find out, but this inclusion in my syllabus makes it quality education for me especially when you are opting for professional courses.

Education cannot be just practical or theoretical when a student joins the school at a tender age. It has to such that all students need to be given equal opportunity to understand, interpret and most importantly execute what they have learned. It has to be fun as well as disciplined in its approach. The person imparting this education needs to be a personality that children would like to be with. We already have a lot of stress in our lives and it must be reduced. So, start with the new generation. Teach them the importance of breathing in the fresh air first. Then, if needed they will learn about technology. It is all here, no need to become desperate about learning and using it.

Remember there are several great career opportunities in place now such as professional sports, art, event management, farming even and what not. So the parents just gearing up for their child’s education need to calm down a bit. It’s the child who is taking the education and not you. People often talk about the bygone days and they wish that they will come back. Do you wonder why? The mechanization has slowly but surely slowed down the importance of the development of human qualities. Please remember various options have to be available to the child when he is about 15 years old. That’s when he will realize what he would like to do with his future. So, the education must have supported him in such a way that he knows all the options at that time. Well reasonably at least. A mindless emphasis on formal education induces stress and boredom in the minds of youngsters after a while.

I know we will probably have some businessman opening an event management business course and make even more money. Why doesn’t the government do it with the tax payer’s money? That is a good investment. A quest for world-class education is not possible for everyone. The Indian education system mostly has to develop syllabi that will eventually be useful for Indian environment. Find new employment opportunities especially in the agriculture sector and develop students with information at the college level. Homeschooling is also different and a sort of “old is gold” concept. Vocational trade schools, online education etc are some of the several different modes of education available which is great.

I was in Australia for a while. A job in a metro such as Adelaide probably paid me around AUD 15 per hour. If I went to a smaller town such as Naracoorte the same job would give me AUD 17. Why? They are trying to move the large influx of job hunters in cities to smaller towns where they could make more money and live a peaceful life. It is a win-win situation. More money, fewer expenses, all facilities and a peaceful long life. The city dwellers, you don’t want that? You got be kidding me!! Anyway, the point is that such clever government initiatives make alternate lifestyles more attractive by the time you finish school. So these updates have to be available during professional courses to the students officially. That is quality education. Not how many hours I spent at the desk. Why should a person be required to work 12 hours daily unless there is something seriously wrong with my work system? Now if a student is from such university/organization which takes all these pains I will give him/her preference as a recruiter. Opinions definitely solicited!!

Alternative Medicine – Digital Education in the Ecosystem

There are new algorithms programmed on the internet with new commands and support for users. The Internet is designed with deep neural networks that recognize the user through the profile, browsing sites, subjects and categories, web traffic internet scores for impact, web traffic engagement, styles of marketing, formality and level of work.

The internet provides users with a system of keywords, hash tags, titles, subtitles and meta data, brand identity, image association, which automatically creates a magnet for the user to recognize, and be recognized by the field. The keywords, skills, and tags, associated with the user (in this case the alternative therapist), generate the most relevant data, post shares, profile connections and information in the social feed. For instance a shiatsu therapist, will notice zen systems, acupuncture systems, tuina systems, articles, pages and practitioners will recurrently appear in a feedly stream, slack stream, klout stream, linked In stream or favourite news stream.

A shiatsu therapist not familiar with the internet, not with a digital blueprint, developed profile, awards, honors and skills listed, will not find relevant data linked to his social networks and streams. Self-support must be engineered through profile development, skill listing, image optimization, elite and active promotional activities. Paid campaigns and leads boost the user profile and attract targeted audience. Facebook, linked In and slide share are favoured sites for generating leads and acquiring recognition. This is essential for career development, as the clientele contacts the Internet for best practitioners and good profile records.

The jargon from posts released daily on the internet on bots and new programs under development, may confuse issues more than support. There is care needed from systems related to artificial intelligence. The new internet has bot programs which recognize documents and their sources, images, users, visitors and records. These bots must be identified and put to use. A therapist may use a CRM with bots that recognize information and provide support. Slack also has popular bots that do the work. In this arrangement the receptionist can ask the bot to recognize an older customer revisiting, whose records are lost, and locate them. Incase a client has a false name or identity, the bot can recognize it. Bots can also keep data secure.

Other new arrangements include app integrations which can assess phone calls and their capacity to manage customer care protocols. They can also use radar based face mapping to identify visitors secretly, via computer cameras. This is technology used for developing metrics and big data. There are endless supporting integrations available to manage updates on research, fast tracking of information needed, alternate referral programs, therapy networks and marketers.

In the case of advanced companies and marketers, substantial data will be available on the customer. The internet applications can pull out confidential information and identify socio-economic status. In some companies support can be generated via unseen social and economic networks, to support the customers special needs. There is programmed levels of management that discretely provide internal security and comfort in means.

The level at which the alternative practitioner operates shows up significantly on the internet. Career boosting is based on the 360 degree turnaround.