Think of the last time you told a coworker about an app, one you recommended that they download right away. Was it education related? Did it specifically target higher education users? We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that it didn’t, because—from where we sit—the “must-have” app for higher ed doesn’t exist yet.
For one thing, mobile app development occurs at a much faster pace in P-12 than in higher education. That much is evident from the thousands of apps in the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. We know it’s not a case of more accessible design principles, because they’re the same in both markets. In fact, Christopher Pedregal’s recent EdSurge article presented five best practices for education mobile app development that are just as applicable to traditional undergraduates and adult learners as they are to younger students. If it’s not a question of design, why is there is a dearth of native mobile apps for higher education students and faculty?