Evaluating your edtech platform maintains high quality in every aspect. It can become confusing or daunting when there are so many features to check. However, carefully segregating the edtech tool’s features into various factors helps in staying on top of the process.
In Part 1, we saw the factors; functionality, accessibility, and technicality. Now, let’s see the rest of them.
For an edtech portal, flexibility is important. There can be large classes or small group tasks. And the online tool needs to be able to scale according to the current need of the user. EdTech startups are required to be able to control the size as well as the classroom environment to provide a wonderful experience. Institutes can invest in elastic cloud balancing and auto-scaling architecture.
As an edtech platform, can you handle multiple departments smoothly and efficiently? From administration to the actual teaching part, there are many departments in between. And as an online learning tool, it is not that easy to manage all of these at once.
A company can be judged on the basis of how collaborative and integrated it is. Does the portal look like one cohesive unit, or does it look like pages just put together? Is there a unified LMS and SIS? Does it support various education models?
The edtech industry is booming, but the competition is tough as well. There are many established brands in this niche, and making space for oneself is quite difficult. Therefore, innovation is the only way.
Innovation is the way to survive in the market. As there are so many players already on the field, how far will doing something that everyone is doing take you? It is what sets startups apart from each other. Now, these innovations can be of any magnitude. Adding a chat feature or introducing cloud and blockchain are examples of innovations.
With online education becoming common and the use of smartphones increasing, having only a web-based platform won’t work. Students are accustomed to accessing learning courses or materials on their phones. And creating a portal that only works well as a web-based application.
Therefore, in this day and age, creating a mobile-friendly design product is quite necessary to improve teaching quality and learning with seamless connectivity.
Data leaks have proven to be a grave business. And therefore, everyone is cautious about how, where, and why their data is used. Usually, users are worried that their personal information or intellectual property is in the wrong hands. Therefore startups need to ensure that there are proper protocols in place to maintain confidentiality with the data.
Usually, startups require students’ and teachers’ information. Hence, it becomes the startup’s utmost priority as users are trusting them with crucial information. They need to be careful while handling the data to avoid any breaches. Therefore, during the assessment, this becomes a mandatory factor.
So, these were the rest of the factors to be considered while assessing an edtech platform. Which other aspect do you think needs to be evaluated?