Education App Design Trends 2021

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Education App Design. The new era of online education has started. Isn’t it a good time to release your education app designed with the latest trends?

The online education market worldwide is expected to outperform $243B by 2022 (according to Statista). The number of education mobile apps comes to 600K – 470M on App Store and 466M  on Google Play. This number means that a wise investor should pay attention to developing an e-learning platform with an overwhelming education app design.

Electronic gadgets, as tablets, smartphones, are not considered distractors, cheat, and addictive devices anymore. This opens up awesome opportunities for self-education, development of the new teaching methods, and fast gaining skills and knowledge.

Functional elements of the education app with innovative UI design

You’d be surprised to see how many edtech apps exist:

  • Supportive apps

  • Education online games

  • Education apps for kids and adults

  • Multipurpose e-learning platforms

  • E-learning apps for specific subjects

The latest trends of UX app design

Developing your app for e-learning, you should consider the main trends in education nowadays:

  1. Video content is a must-have in the training platforms. What are the top social media for today? It’s not Facebook with text posts, it’s video content on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. Primarily, everyone is looking for entertaining content, but the trend spreads on the education market also.

  2. Gamification and training in a gaming format. Everybody used to take this approach to children but it works great for adults. Education apps, created with the game in mind, guarantee a high level of interaction and good reviews.

  3. Microteaching. It’s time to use small text, infographics, short videos, or other visual materials. Keep this in mind, designing your education app.

  4. The essential role of the teachers’ quality and certifying organizations. It means providers of educational courses and learning services will have to choose teachers more carefully and take care of their reputation.

  5. Increasing interest in virtual and 3D reality. Now, VR technologies have become more available, they're being actively used to study historical events, train doctors, etc. Such a method provides complete absorption in the learning process at an emotional level. 

But the variety of learning applications do not necessarily guarantee you high quality. The first generation of mobile learning apps has shown there’s a vast area for improvement. So let these insights guide you through the education app development process.

Here are the UI app challenges

To maximize the use and effectiveness of an app, your product team or UX designer must aim toward the needs and expectations of students. Making the design appealing to students, an app must be created with several things in mind:

  • Making the app easy to navigate.

  • Creating a design that’s unique, eye-catching, and attractive.

  • Creating an app that evokes playful and happy emotions, as well as a sense of accomplishment.

  • Providing continuous feedback that keeps the users engaged and encouraged.

  • Appropriately targeting the app to the age group it’s intended for.

  • Apps should meet the specific needs of individual learners

  • Providing audio-visual presentations

Educational app features

Let’s suppose you’re determined to make an educational app and have already chosen its type. Now it's time to think about the features of your mobile service.

Therefore, create an educational app considering these factors:

  1. User profile. Of course, every user of your application must have his profile, where information on him and his success in learning will be kept. We advise you to provide the simplest system of registration.

  2. Social network integration. Today it’s impossible to imagine a mobile app without the implementation of such a feature. It has several tasks, namely - to allow the user to:

    1. register/sign in in the app with a few clicks by a social network profile;

    2. share his achievements with friends and on social networks.

  3. Making interaction with friends. If your app becomes popular, you can turn it into a kind of miniature social network with the ability to add friends, communicate, share successes. 

  4. Learning material such as:

    1. interactive exercises to test knowledge and consolidate the material;

    2. audio and video materials with explanations of the lessons and exercises.

  5. Categorization of lessons. Make sure your lessons are sorted into different topics: shopping, travel, work, family, etc.

  6. Push Notifications. This is another mandatory feature of the modern mobile app. Push notifications are an unobtrusive way to remind oneself and increase the user engagement factor. What should you notify about? There are a lot of occasions: prolonged non-use of the application, the opportunity to get a discount, new interesting features, etc…

  7. Feedback. Reviews are sometimes negative and even aggressive, but they are also a great way to improve your application following the wishes of your users. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity!

  8. Scheduling system. Effective learning involves a systematic approach. Therefore, consider a convenient scheduling system when thinking of how to build an educational app. Break the learning process into a few logical levels and give the user a tool to plan his training.

  9. Search system. The feature will help the user navigate within the application easily and find the information he needs without unnecessary efforts. And the faster the user gets the desired result, the better the chances that he’ll keep your educational application.

  10. Statistics on the dynamics of learning. Think of rewarding especially talented users (say, by providing them with bonuses or the like).

Of course, this is only a shortlist of educational app features. You can expand and supplement the functionality of your program at your discretion.

Education app design examples

Let’s switch from the theory to the awesome released apps’ examples.

Coursera App

Who doesn’t love learning something new every day? For those of us who dream of being professional students without paying the high prices or being locked in the library, the Coursera app is for you. The design smooth and simple, like navigating through a well-organized syllabus, you’ll see there are thousands upon thousands of courses that will interest you–from photography on iPhone to business management–and there are also certificate and degree programs as well. This is by far the best app design for higher learning.

Nature Encyclopedia App

Nature Encyclopedia App is an education mobile app developed to explore nature. To stand out from the other similar platforms designers have chosen a trendy dark mode. Because black design keeps the user’s focus on the content, making it more captivating. It also helps create a higher contrast ratio and makes users focused on content.

However, this will work only if you get your black color scheme just right. White and black, yellow and black, or green and black are good choices for an effective color scheme.

Here is another example of the education app for drivers.

Kör, first-ever educational platform for drivers in Norway

In a nutshell, Kör is the first digital school for drivers. It was developed and designed by Fulcrum. The platform lets users book driving programs and lessons online, keeps track of their progress, and allows family and friends to be involved in the process. So, when Kör Teknologi AS decided to build their first educational platform for Norwegian drivers, they decided tp cooperate with experienced Fulcrum team for the product’s development. 

Their main goal was to create MVP (Minimum Viable Product), then go to users with the real app and test it. To define the product’s business goals and vision, Fulcrum started with the Discovery service.

And no matter how progressive the app’s content and idea are, its success depends on UI/UX of the app. How to find it? Appealing design based on research. Our designers know how to create a winning UI for your project. UI Design includes many elements.

Fulcrum developers have chosen the Monolith development, because of the small number of users and the app’s load wasn’t high. For non-high loads, Monolith is a perfect solution. Furthermore, Monolith development and maintenance costs are much lower and the processes are easier.

Finally, the app has the next features:

  • Progress tracking progress tracking

  • Setting up own calendar

  • View trip report

  • Lesson types

  • In-app payment system

  • Location tracking

  • Taking a companion friend for a ride

  • Lesson selection algorithm

As a result, the team has got an awesome client’s review:

“Internal stakeholders and users alike are impressed with Fulcrum’s deliverables, citing their efficiency and noteworthy quality. Throughout the project, the team has been professional, collaborative, and dedicated, ensuring a smooth and successful engagement.”

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How to choose a reliable web design agency to cooperate with?

These factors you’d pay attention to first of all:

  • Turnkey solutions. There is no point in hiring several teams to create an educational app. Find a company that offers a full range of desired services.

  • Work examples. Analyze the team's portfolio. Do they have enough experience in educational app development?

  • Reasonable prices. Of course, educational application development cannot be cheap, but a high price doesn’t always lead to high quality. Find the golden mean!

Improving and growing your business through mobile applications will be time-consuming, and intimidating. So, it’s really important to find a reliable and experienced technology partner.

Nobody uses mediocre apps. So, Fulcrum builds products that make this world better and more comfortable. Here’s how they do it. To make sure of this, take a look at their education app with innovative UI design portfolio.

To Sum Up

There has never been a one-size-fits-all approach to education and learning. Nor is there a universal technology pill to make us smart overnight. Learning is a lifelong path we take only to discover our ignorance at the end of the journey. Let’s build the tools to make the journey enjoyable! Share your idea of developing an educational app in the comments. 

Nastya Zelenovskaya
Marketing Manager


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