What is a web application – and why are they becoming so crucial in the eLearning world?

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Technology is an ever-changing beast – just when you think it couldn’t surprise you again, a coin flips and you realise that the door has been thrown open that little bit wider.

So, with that in mind, let’s discuss web applications – and their unique ability to make eLearning the ultimate engaging and interactive experience.

We’ll start at the beginning.

So, what exactly is a web application?

Web applications have been around for a while and you probably don’t even realise you’re using them most of the time. After all, we’re not always that interested in how stuff works – especially as we see a growing desire for ease and efficiency, and less faffing about with the details.

However, in basic terms, it is essentially software that runs on a remote server, which can then be accessed through a web browser – without any need to download it to your desktop.

Think Microsoft Word vs. Google Docs.

One is a desktop application, which requires you to save and then email documents, while the other is an online software that allows you to share and adapt documents all from one system (which can then be accessed at the same time as other users) – essentially, a web application.

However, we promise you, it does get more exciting than this, which is why web applications are increasingly being utilised in the eLearning world.

Today, developers use web applications to not only enhance basic websites, but to also make them more engaging – whether that’s through interactive games, online competition modules or video output.

It’s where we can get really creative.

So, how are we using them here at Build Empire

It’s pretty simple, really.

If you’re hoping to give your clients, staff or users an alternative eLearning experience, our developers are here to help you become the proud owner of something that is not only completely unique but also truly memorable.

And the reason we’re using web applications to do this is because, not only can we build the site to your needs, but this process means it can be easily amended, is completely flexible and can be integrated within existing websites or platforms (after all, why start from scratch if you have already got the basic framework in place?).

These are just some of the key benefits of using web applications, all built with the end-user in mind.

And, from an eLearning perspective, it doesn’t get much better – we can help you to create interactive games that deliver so much more than textbooks ever could, keeping users engaged while helping them to learn those key skills required within their role, or to pass an exam.

Let’s be honest – there is nothing less engaging than reading web pages full of long text, which then require an essay-style response at the end, based on what the user has just ‘learnt’.

It doesn’t stop there, though.

Everyone learns in different ways – and, for some people, that’s while riding the bus to work, while for others it could be when they can’t sleep at 3am.

Fortunately, using web applications means your system can be accessed from anywhere at any time – even from a mobile phone on the morning commute (as long as there’s a wifi or data connection). It’s all about making learning work for your users.

Interested in finding out more? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also read more about web applications and explore some of our case studies here.