Top 4 Online Course Platform Mobile Apps 

 Updated: June 9, 2021

Why should you care about a mobile app for your students? 

Delivering effective online courses has a lot to do with accessibility.

People are busy and may be listening to your program while driving or folding laundry!

Which means that you need to make it as easy as possible for them to consume your content on the go…

This may even be a deal maker for some people, knowing they will always be watching it on their phone.

And although most online course platforms are mobile responsive, being able to offer a native mobile app can make a great difference.

So today we’re breaking down the platforms that offer the best mobile app and how they compare!

What Can You Expect From Online Platforms Mobile Apps?

There are a few things to understand about SaaS platforms (as most popular online course platforms are) offering a mobile app:

Mobile Responsive Vs Mobile App

As mentioned before, most if not all popular online course platforms we review on the site are mobile responsive.

Which means that if you ask your student to open a browser tab on their phone (Safari, Google Chrome,...), go to your login URL and enter their details, they will be able to access your courses.

However, you can imagine that this isn’t the best User Experience…

They may have forgotten their login, which won’t auto-populate as it does on Desktop, or not have internet access at the time of wanting to watch your course (think train commute or plane trip).

This is when a native Mobile App can make things a lot easier with a one-time authentication (no password) and offline access.

Branded (OTT) vs Non-Branded (Centralized) App

Now that we understand the advantages of mobile apps vs mobile responsive, let’s break down the two categories of mobile apps usually offered.

The first one is an Over-The-Top application (branded) and the second one is a centralized application (non-branded)

To cut to the chase: an OTT app means that you will have your own app in the app store, so you can tell your student to go download the “Jenny’s Academy App”.

A Centralized app means that your school will be found inside your platform’s app. So for example they’ll download the Kajabi app and then find your school there.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both and although we won’t get too deep on these in this articles, let’s quickly go over the pros and cons:

Offering an OTT App means a much more congruent experience for the student and more control since you will usually be the owner of the white-labelled app, but this also means that you have to keep up with updates and pay a premium for it.

Offering a Centralized App means that you’ll never have to worry about keeping up with regulations or updates and stability of the app but you will have to explain to your students why they’re downloading the app of a platform they’ve never heard about…

All of these things are to take into consideration when deciding, first of all, if you really need a mobile app for your students, and second of all which kind!

That being said, let’s dive into some of the top online course platforms mobile apps:

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Kajabi Mobile App

Type: Centralized App

Available on: Android and iOS

Pricing: Included in all plans

Rate: 4/5

Kajabi introduced their centralized mobile app at the end of 2019 to its large user base!

Enabling your student to find your school in the Kajabi App is as simple as flipping on a switch.

See our full Kajabi App review here

No password required which makes the experience fairly seamless!

There isn’t a whole lot you can customize apart from a few branding elements and color palette, but generally the mobile app has a great UX, as with most Kajabi features.

Students can consume your videos, audios modules with their phone locked (just like they would with music).

They can also access Community products if you have any setup for a group experience on the go.

You’re also able to send push notifications and students can use video casting to watch your course on any screen.

There isn’t really any big downside to the Kajabi App apart from the inability to customize much of the layout and flow, as for all centralized apps.

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Teachable Mobile App

Type: Centralized App 

Available on: iOS only

Pricing: Included in all plans

Rate: 3/5 

Teachable offers a centralized app on iOS devices only on all of its plans.

The first inconvenience to note is that students will need to get their myTeachable logins and type it out in the app in order to find your school.

Once inside your school, they can easily navigate through your lessons, take quizzes and assessments, or download any PDF.

Content can be accessed offline too and will jump to the timecode they’ve left off at.

The only kind of customization you can make as a school owner are the thumbnail and background picture of your school in the app

Another thing to understand is that centralized apps are usually not meant for school owners to be managing their courses or accessing the admin dashboard!

Mighty Networks Mobile App

Type: Centralized App (Free) Or OTT (extra fee) 

Available on: Android and iOS

Pricing: Included in all plans

Rate: 5/5 

When it comes to accessibility, Mighty Networks is often at the top… and its mobile app is proving this right once again!

Mighty Networks app is available on all plans on Android and iOS for free with the centralized app.

mighty network mobile experience

The login experience is fairly intuitive and simple (no need for your student to remember their password).

The overall UX of the app is simply outstanding.

It really has nothing to envy to any social media apps, which is really the big promise of Mighty Networks!

Whether that's perusing your Network and engaging with the community, consuming courses or buying new products, everything is seamlessly integrated in the app with no extra effort on your end.

On top of this all, the Mighty Networks app is not only made for students but also for Network owners (you) to manage everything from your phone.

Now, if you do want to customize this even more or simply want to get your own OTT app in the app stores, and are willing to drop a few coins, you can also request it!

Mighty Pro will help you white-label your community app in as little as 4 weeks (according to their website).

This may only be necessary for course creators with a substantial budget but it’s good to know it’s an option!

Uscreen Mobile App

Type: OTT

Available on: Android and iOS

Pricing: Depending on requirements

Rate: 4.5/5

Because Uscreen provides such a great student experience, we had to include it in this top list!

Uscreen enables people on their highest plan (Enterprise) to request a white-label OTT app that will be developed as per your requirements and submitted to the iOS and Google Play store.
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Read: this isn’t necessarily going to be the most affordable thing to do. 

That being said, this OTT app will allow for full customization of branding and management of live streaming for example.

You can even launch your own branded Apple Watch App, useful for fitness instructors for instance to help their students track their calories and follow their progress.

The app also includes the possibility for push notifications and in-app purchase, which can create a great boost in sales!

Uscreen App Store

According to their website the whole process would take about 4 weeks before you see your own branded app in the store, ready for download.

Videos can be consumed with a locked screen and offline.

Overall the Uscreen app looks promising if you have the budget for it!

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