Dedicated EduTech Developers. Who Are They?
What Is EdTech for Those Who Use IT in Education?
Educational technology, shortened to “EdTech,” is the study and practice of designing effective instruction using technological resources of both hardware and software such as online learning, learning theory, mobile technologies (called m-learning), e-learning software, and computer-based training. EdTech is used in a variety of places such as in K-12 settings, higher education, and businesses to create lessons, training sessions, tutorials, and help centers. EdTech, however, is not just computer-based. The subject takes knowledge from different academic and theoretical sources. Some sources of EdTech are communication studies, education theory, psychology, sociology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and computer science.
Top 5 Trends in EdTech for eLearning Developers
Developers, before they consider the field of EdTech, need to know what trends shape the industry. Some important trends in EdTech are:
- Blended learning is a growing trend in classrooms. Blended courses are a mix of traditional classroom instructions and computer-based or mobile activities. Successful blending of traditional and new media courses contributes to careful planning, improvement of development skills, and getting deeper knowledge by the target audience.
- Video is an ongoing trend in EdTech as well. Some learners prefer to watch videos, rather than learn from instructors or books. An interactive video can create an engaged learning experience. For example, eLearning developers can integrate assessments into learning experiences.
- Gaming in EdTech can help students focus on and even enjoy learning. Interactive content refers not just to the videos. Games can engage students into the process of learning where traditional education via such tools as books or direct instructions do not work. In many cases, gamification can increase student’s participation and performance.
- Virtual Reality (VR) or augmented reality is increasingly used in EdTech, both within classrooms and in business strategies. Edutech developers who create VR tools letting students get an immersive experience in many fields such as anatomy, interior design, and other disciplines where 3D objects are necessary but expensive to purchase. Virtual reality can also engage students’ attention and provide individual learning opportunities. That’s why virtual reality developer salary is intensively increasing.
- Increasing independent learning or homeschooling is a hallmark of EdTech. Students can pursue their studies independently with online articles, peer collaboration through emailing, texting, and video calling. To integrate flexibility into lessons is an important part of an Edutech developer’s work.
Why Hire an EdTech Developer
The benefit of working with dedicated developers in Edutech is that it is cost-effective to hire people who understand what they are doing. Hiring a dedicated Edutech developer can save you money especially if you hire a full stack developer or DevOps programmer. A full stack developer is someone who understands both front and backend programming. This is someone who understands the user interface as well as code that runs the applications that you use. This saves money from having one person who understands both jobs.
A DevOps programmer is someone who understands how to integrate applications and hardware. A DevOps programmer can, for example, integrate a school calendar so that it functions on both a desktop or mobile application.
If you already have a team of EdTech developers there is also a way to boost their performance by hiring an Edutech consulting specialist. It is a person that will carefully examine your company’s workflow and present the most profitable and fastest way to integrate EdTech into it. You will most likely get a detailed plan with steps, that you should follow to satisfy your clients’ needs in the best way possible.
How Fast Is EdTech Growing for Edutech Coders?
There is a variety of jobs available in the EdTech field: Edutech programmers, salespeople, administrators, and instructors from kindergarten to university levels. Other jobs include researchers, data scientists, and marketing professionals. In fact, EdTech is a growing area of economy. For personnel in EdTech such as Edutech developers, the future is bright because of several key economic and demographic reasons.
- According to a study by a leading education technology-focused conference, EdTechXGlobal and IBIS Capital, the EdTech industry should grow to $252 billion by 2020.
- According to a study reported by TechCrunch, the EdTech market is worth $5 trillion worldwide.
- The job outlook for those in EdTech businesses is good. For example, the job outlook for educational technology specialists has a job growth rate between 5% and 8% projected through 2024. Elearning developers, coders for EdTech companies, or developers for EdTech startups have similar bright prospects.
Necessary Skills for an Edutech Developer
In summary, work as an Edutech developer can be in high demand in the nearest future. However, developers working in any industry, not just in Edutech, must have certain set of skills to be a successful and demanded expert. Generally speaking, developers must know how to work with different languages and hardware, have good communication skills, and be aware of changes in their industry. Some top skills for developers are:
- to be competent in cloud and mobile applications,
Developers who master several software platforms or technologies and know both front and backend are known as full stack developers and are more in demand than those developers who only know a few technologies.
Check our EdTech projects: MobiLearning design project and OTest web development project.
It is not enough, however, to be able to program. Successful EdTech developers also can see the connections between different parts of the development process and bring these together as DevOps, developers of operations, do. Management skills are vital for EdTech developers as well to keep projects on track through application development cycles. Those who have higher degrees and more experience in EdTech have good chances to get higher salaries and greater career success. It is essential for EdTech developers to be active learners themselves in EdTech through pursuit of higher education, reading industry publications, attending industry conferences, and being part of EdTech organizations.
Here at Mobilunity we have not only qualified frontend and backed developers of any level but also the experts with the needed experience in Edtech or eLearning. Our Ukrainian developers have few stunning advantages in comparison to their colleagues abroad. First of all, the rates of UA developers are lower due to the lower average cost of living in Ukraine and major Ukrainian cities. Secondly, our dedicated developers have good experience working according to different development models: project-based outsourcing, dedicated team model, distributed development model etc. Thirdly, Ukraine has enough programmers to choose from: there are more than 90,000 IT professionals and 15,000 IT graduates annually. Thus, you can be sure that we can easily find the needed expert with expertise in EdTech and eLearning within the shortest time.