How to use apps in your online course to improve student experience

Successful online courses have one thing in common – engaged students! 

If you’ve created an online course, you’d know this is your aim. But besides creating content that keeps them glued to your course, what else can you do to improve student experience? 

Use apps!

Integrating apps with an amazing online course platform such as Thinkific is easy to do and guaranteed to bring your online course to life. Your students will love that you’ve created an incredible learning experience and will recommend your course to others. 

Let’s dive into our favourite apps we’re using with our clients to boost their student satisfaction rates.

The PlaYEAH app for online courses

PlaYEAH is a wonderful app from the incredible Rob Galvin at Super Powerups. This app allows you to brand your course player to suit your business, and as your student progresses through the course, you can use popups and gifts to enhance your student experience. 

Its superpower of giving your students the best possible experience is evident with the well-timed popup messages of encouragement, showering them with confetti when they complete lessons, using fun and personalised GIFs and much more. 

PlaYEAH is perfect for any course creator looking to add personalised student interaction to their course by adding colour, style and fun. 

Here’s are examples of what you can do in PlaYEAH!

The SideNav app for online courses

Our team absolutely love the SideNav app, again produced by Rob Galvin at Super Powerups. This app allows you to give your students a better navigation experience, helping them find content more easily and offers a lightning-fast search and filter option. 

If you have a membership or large course content, this app is perfect for grouping students and content. You’ll create a multi-level menu that helps segment your content, and your students will find exactly what they’re after. 

Here’s an example of the SideNav online course app in use

The Ding app for online courses

The fabulous Rob Galvin at Super Powerups also created the Ding app! The Ding app allows you to personalise your student dashboard by creating rich messages with images, GIFS and videos. You can target certain members depending on their enrolment status, so you get the right message to the right person at the right time. 

The Ding app is perfect for membership programs or courses where you add new content. The Ding app will pop up and let your students know about new content, the latest news, or, even better – any promos or upsells you may have. 

Here’s an example of the Ding online course app in use

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The Timecodes app for online courses

Yes, you’ve probably guessed it – Rob Galvin once again made the Timecodes app at Super Powerups. This app allows you to create clickable time stamps on your videos, making it easy for a student to click through to a specific section, answer a question etc. 

The Timecodes app is perfect if your students need to rewatch parts of your video to cement their learning or if your videos are long and you want to remind them of the content you’ve covered. 

Want to enhance your student experience on Thinkific?

Please get in touch if you’re ready to enhance your student experience on Thinkific. Our team would love to show you how these apps from Super Powerups will make your online course interactive and have students raving about it. 

These apps easily integrate with our favourite online course platform Thinkific. You can connect them yourself or get our expert team to do it for you. 

Ultimately, using apps with Thinkific will make your student experience even better. And happy students mean more referrals!

Alethea Tuitahi

Alethea Tuitahi

Online Course Designer & Founder


Alethea specialises in creating beautiful, conversional, student focusd online courses. Allowing course creators to deliver their course or program to the world… sans tech frustrations and problems. Need help building your online course? As a Thinkific specialist, Alethea is here to help! Book in a free call here.

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