How to Develop a Custom eLearning Platform: Functionality, Tech Stack, & Costs

The Most Popular Types of Apps in App Store

Market Potential for Developing a Custom eLearning Platform

Types & Examples of eLearning Apps

  • Internal training software
  • External training tools
The Most Popular eLearning Applications
  • Online education courses
  • Language learning apps
  • Memory training apps
  • Preparation apps
  • Supporting tools

Monetization Strategy for eLearning Services

  • Freemium model
Coursera 7-day Free Trial Screen
  • Subscription
  • Advertising
  • In-app purchases
  • personal consultations with mentors
  • buying courses
  • purchasing additional materials
  • certifications
  • LinkedIn badges
Monetization Journey of Coursera Custom eLearning Platform

Custom E-Learning Platform Development Process

1. Analyze the Market & Define Your Niche

Edsurge Platform for Market Research
  1. key partner
  2. key activities
  3. key resources
  4. value proposition
  5. customer relationships
  6. customer segments
  7. channels
  8. cost structure
  9. revenue streams
Coursera Example of Business Model Canvas for Custom eLearning Development

2. Compose Your Unique Value Proposition

3. Work on the Platform Content

4. Find a Professional Software Development Vendor

Regions to Outsource Custom eLearning Development
  • number of years on the market
  • portfolio with similar projects
  • availability of senior developers
  • great references from former clients
  • level of commitment to, and involvement with, your project idea
  • provided ongoing product development and support

5. E-Learning App Design & Development

Software Development Process at MLSDev

Tips for E-Learning Design

  • develop an interface to actively involve users in the learning process with the help of different exercises
  • engage them with learning materials and by providing feedback and motivation in the form of grades
  • provide meaningful exercises from simple to complex, from generic to specific
  • interact with them and provide support without distracting from learning

eLearning App Development

6. Market your eLearning Product

  • Paid ads
  • SMM
  • Partners
  • Influencer marketing
  • Content marketing

Features for Custom eLearning Platform Development

Main Features for the Learner

  • Registration
  • Profile
Account Screen for eLearning Software
  • Learning materials
  • Video courses and lectures
  • Search
Coursera Search Functionality
  • Additional resources and links
  • Groups
  • Chats and feedback forms
  • Q&A section
  • Assignments and tasks
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Calendar
  • Payment
  • Push notifications
  • Report and progress tracking
E-Learning App Design Sample (Source: Dribbble)

Advanced Functionality

  • Offline mode
  • Social aspects
  • Built-in feedback forms

Functionality for Teachers and Course Managers

  • Registration
  • Profile
  • Giving assignments
  • Assessment tools
  • Marking tools
  • CRUD courses and their content
Dashboard for Teachers (Source: Dribbble)
  • Library of content
  • Feedback forms and communication tools

Gamification Elements in eLearning Apps

Gamification Elements in DuoLingo App
  • In-app currency
  • Experience and levels
  • Achievements badges
  • Motivation sounds
  • Leaderboard

Vital Considerations for Custom E-Learning Solutions

  • Course content creation
  • Use of emerging technologies
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence

Tech Stack to Build a Custom eLearning Platform

  • Mailing services: Gmail, SendGrid, ZeroBounce, MailGun, TempMail, FastMail, Firebase Cloud Messaging
  • Push notifications: Twilio, Nexmo, Plivo, Sinch, Apple Push Notifications Service (APN), Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM)
  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Viber
  • Payments: Stripe, Braintree, Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal’s SDK
  • Content management: Google Docs, Dropbox, OneDrive
  • Task management: Trello, Jira, Analytical toolsFlurry, Google Analytics, Firebase, MixPanel

eLearning Development Cost & Timeline

  • the complexity of the design
  • the number of platforms
  • the number of features
  • functionality and its complexity
  • type of vendor, the location you choose

Note: This is a summary of a guide.

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