For maximum reach, ultimate user experience, and rapid development time, the team chose to build the app using the Apache Cordova (Phonegap) platform, which allowed them to rapidly create Android and iOS apps. With limited internet access when out in the bush, the team ensured the app was fully functional offline via a syncing mechanism.
Gamification techniques were used to ensure users can explore and learn the Yawuru language in a fun, simple, and engaging way. They can browse the dictionary for words or phrases, explore via culturally relevant categories, or get stuck into learning the language via a series of word games.
The cloud-based administration system incurs negligible cost, and doesn't require the Language Centre to manage the infrastructure. It allows Yawuru language custodians to self-service all administration needs, and curate all content in the app via a simple web-based content management system.