Educational Software: Do’s and Don’ts

    Are you a university or other institution of higher education looking to integrate educational software into your academic core? You are in the right place. With hundreds of potential educational software companies on the market, check out our list of Do’s and Don’ts for choosing the best educational software provider for your institution.

    The Do’s of Using Educational Software

    (1) Have a solid system in place

    What’s the key? Strategy, strategy, strategy. If you are looking for success with educational software, you will need a solid game plan. Implementing educational software services is only the first half of the battle. The true first step, before beginning the search for a potential educational software company, will be developing a plan for how this educational software will take your academics to the next level.

    (2) The simpler the better

    Don’t forget—less is more. You need to look for an educational software service that has a simple and easy to use platform. All faculty, staff, and students within the university will be using this technology. Look for platforms that are not cluttered and inundated with unnecessary features because these will make for unpleasant user experience.

    (3) Don’t rush into choosing the option that fits best

    There is a surplus of educational software companies on the market. It’s great to have lots of options but remember to take your time when it comes to choosing one that works best with your university.

    (4) Adaptability and evolution 

    Education will never stop evolving over time! To stay relevant with technological trends, it is important that the educational software service chosen shows adaptive capabilities. A successful educational software service will know how to roll with the punches and be just as effective in the future as it is in the present.

    The Don’ts of Using Educational Software

    (1) Ignore the terms and conditions 

    Remember that the primary goal of any educational software company is to make a profit in the higher education market. Be aware of all the scenarios, terms and conditions when reading into contracts that you make with any educational software company. Remember to read the fine print! Make sure to understand how they will charge you. Make sure to brief the educational software company of how you want to use their services.

    (2) Expect 100% customization

    It is extremely costly for universities to demand customization services. Do not expect to be able to have a software service be 100% tailored to your every desire without being ready to fork over more cash.

    (3) Overlook the power of quality content

    Do not expect that a simple, easy to use platform is all that is necessary for an educational software company to be successful. In reality, the educational software platform is simply the vessel to deliver your educational content. If your educational content is not up to par, your educational software will not be effective.

    (4) Lack of IT support

    Expect bumps on the road as you implement and maintain your new educational software platform. It is crucial to have IT support so that you can troubleshoot and fix all the technological issues that arise.