Learning Environments are experts in developing both mobile apps and mobile optimised websites. The right solution for you depends on the learning outcome you’re trying to achieve. Talk to us and we’ll help you weigh up the pros and cons.
Have you thought about using mobile devices as a tool in your students' learning? Whether it's making use of location awareness, audio input or output, cameras, or phone sensors, we can help you make use of the technology your students already carry in their pockets to create truly personal learning experiences.
Depending on your specific needs, the solution might be either a mobile app or a mobile optimised website. Learning Environments is able to support the development of your specific mobile learning and technology solution through careful design and development consultations.
Mobile app development
Some reasons you might choose a mobile app over a website are:
Mobile apps enable more complex kinds of interaction than websites.
Apps can remember a user’s preferences and usage history, providing an environment personalised to their needs.
Unlike a website, a mobile app can make full use of the built-in features of the mobile device, such as its GPS, compass/magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer, phone, address book, camera and microphone.
Mobile apps can analyse information captured from the device at lightning speed. This enables exciting features like augmented reality, musical note recognition, and programmable map overlays.
Mobile apps can function without an internet connection. Data captured by the device is stored locally until a reliable connection is available.
If a mobile app proves to be the right solution for you, Learning Environments can create highly engaging apps for both iOS and Android platforms. We can also help you host your app, whether locally, on Apple’s App Store, or on Google Play.
Mobile optimised websites
If a mobile website proves to be the right solution for you, the methodology we recommend is responsive web design. With a responsive website, the layout of the site adapts to the size of the device’s viewing window, but the site itself remains the same (as opposed to custom mobile sites, which are separate websites developed for mobile devices, often containing a subset of the desktop website’s content).
Responsive websites can also have advantages over mobile apps, including:
An app must be downloaded and installed before it can be used, but a responsive website can be distributed by simply sharing a website address.
Lower costs, quicker construction
The cost and time taken to build and update a responsive website is typically much lower than for a mobile app.
You only need to update content in one place.
Even if you create both iOS and Android versions of an app, your app will not be usable by 100% of students. On the other hand, a responsive website built in HTML and complying with web standards will work on practically any web-enabled device.