5 Main Issues that Education Platforms May Face and Where to Look for Solutions
More and more offline schools and courses are going online, automating the learning process and creating or evolving to online education. Today, the tech industry provides many tools and platforms for this, but most of them seem to ignore modern technology and fail to provide the benefits of the growth and scaling capabilities provided by the up-to-date tech stack.
Most students today use more than one device for content, meanwhile most sources are made to work on just one platform. Unfortunately, most of them do not have decent APIs.
Nowadays, given the level of competition and current technology, e-learning businesses and startups require more flexibility. The LMS platform should include a flexible API, ideally a switch to GraphQL, allowing a multi-platform system to be built on ReactJS.
As a result, you will be able to combine multiple platforms and technologies for your learning and training platform. Ecommerce platforms such as Shopify or WooCommerce, content platforms, IoT devices, and even VR and XR, which are gaining popularity, will all play a significant role in e-learning in the near future.
SEO and Content Marketing
As a rule, schools and learning platforms have a lot of content that can be used to attract search engine users. It means that you need a high-quality and fast combination of ecommerce platform and content management platform, like WordPress.
Standard LMS platforms either do not have proper integrations or their existing integrations are completely devoid of user experience. The problem is that finding an expert who can properly configure these connections is almost unrealistic because of the obsolescence of the technology.
Switching to a Headless platform for managing educational and thematic content will allow you to quickly combine multiple solutions for LMS and content platforms.
Navigation in classic LMS platforms is one of the biggest problems, as they are quite poorly scalable. Most companies have to adapt to the standards of the existing platforms which puts them at risk of losing their uniqueness and ability to implement their learning technologies.
Going Headless will eliminate this problem, as the whole interface will be built with ReactJS, taking into account the requirements of your business, not the limitations of your LMS platform.
Most learning management systems have a very weak mobile solution by combining the Backend and Frontend in one box. Today’s ideal solution for educators is the advanced technology Progressive Web Application, enabling you to turn your site into a multi-platform application with an appropriate experience level for mobile users. In this case, there is no need to create an orchestra of apps for IOS and Android and it offers a smart budgeting opportunity.
The specifics of e-learning websites is that users spend significantly more time on them compared to traditional sites such as eCommerce or content resources. Moreover, users require a large amount of dynamic data processing: tests, ratings, correspondence, etc.
E-learning websites need much more than just the 3 second page opening speed. They require an instant experience, which until now could only be found on native applications or desktop applications.
However, thanks to the development of JamStack technology and the React based GatsbyJS library, you can now save and display your site in a split second.
This will improve both the user experience and the retention your site’s audience, as well as the speed required to outpace competitors on search engines and security in case of peak loads.
What Could Be the Modern Solution for E-learning Business?
If you want to take your education business to the next level, or are planning to automate your business, there are several ways to grow.
A cheap option is to use the LearnDash LMS platform as a base and transform it into Headless. This will give you all the benefits of multi-platforming and Headless technology and allow you to save on Backend development.
If your case is unique and LearnDash capabilities cannot meet your needs, we recommend developing a solution from scratch on the basis of a popular framework, such as Laravel or Symphony GraphQL-enabled Frontend development on ReactJS.
To help you decide which solution is best for you, we create a spreadsheet of typical capabilities so you can see what’s best for your specific case.
Before making the final choice of technology, it is necessary to perform a discovery phase and analyze all the possible options.