The life-long process of learning can no longer be contained within the walls of a classroom. There has been a radical shift in the way we learn. Some experts predicted the impact of digital learning platforms on traditional methods of a college education. Today, technology has forced the world to consider the more feasible learning option - digital learning.
The utility of online learning platforms is indicative of their popularity among the masses. The digitised way of learning is rapidly growing due to ease of access, among other benefits.
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Tracing this rising trend of digital learning, we attempt to analyse the impacts of digital learning on the future.
What is Digital Learning?
Digital learning is education or learning supplemented by technology. It amasses all those tools and aids needed for a fantastic virtual learning experience. It aims to make learning more:
With the availability of vast online resources and tools, digital learning blends all the components and channels of learning into one.
Understanding the uniqueness of each learner, every digital learning platform is segmented into certain levels to analyze the competency and pace of each user. This is done to give him the most individualised digital learning experience. Online rubrics, mocks, assessments (formative and comprehensive), and group revisions are highly personalised to suit everyone's learning style.
To convey that feeling of belongingness otherwise found in a traditional learning setting, all-digital learning portals function around establishing connections. They make use of chat boxes, audio, and video calling options, group projects, and multi-person interactive models.
There is a wide availability of learning material, developed in the most attractive manner allowing for an interactive and engrossing learning experience. Digital learning is instilled with such engaging tools that attract and inspire learners. Some of these, like team projects, gamification, concept maps, quizzes, staging, role-playing, etc., are massively used.
Along with seamless connectivity, a digital learner is inclined to be self-motivated to track progress and engage with peers. Moreover, the extent of involvement of parents, mentors, and peers is much greater in digital learning.
These characteristics indicate that traditional and digital learning methods must exist side by side to promote learning. These two methods working in collaboration will truly pave the path to highlight learning opportunities for all.
The Technological Enhancement
The positive aftereffects of the technology surge could also be felt in the educational domain. There was significant incorporation of many technological endowments into education. American University's School of Education Program depicted the global ed-tech market to expand into a $93.76 billion industry by 2020. There is substantial data that signals to this huge augmentation.
The same program showed teachers’ reliance on learning management systems (LMS). The LMS was being used judiciously by teachers to upload and supply material to students online for their remote access. These learning management systems have become a huge success for the development, tracking, administration, and automation of online educational courses and learning programs.
The arrival of artificial intelligence (AI) has been a boon. Users of all ages can reap the benefits of technology from their screens to contribute, take part, and amplify the learning experience.
The Technological Rife
Digital learning is gaining momentum in Gen Z. Equipped with all the facilities and tools along with a brimming desire to learn and grow; people are easily availing all digital learning opportunities.
Looking into the future there is a predicted demand for distance learning, computerised learning, and e-learning. These methods of skill and knowledge attainment are easily accessible, cost-effective, built with a global audience perspective, and are more future-oriented. Along with the technological trends listed below, there are expected to be revolutionary innovations in this realm.
Popular Digital Learning Trends
Technology has tremendously simplified various aspects of daily life. It has proven to be valuable and yielding. Celebrating technology with all its gifts, every year the digital learning day is celebrated on 25 February. The tradition started in 2012 predicted the upcoming years as the “renaissance of the cyber and technological industry.” There have been constant groundbreaking innovations and trends listed below that mark this golden age of digital learning.
The trend of gamification transmits learning through play. These games are programmed in non-game contexts, with stimulation that enhances IQ, brainpower, hand-eye coordination, analysis, and creative abilities of the gamers. The gamification trend is built to encompass multiple ideas and subject matters. It increases participation, engagement, and motivation on the user's end.
Cloud-based System (CMS)
There is an increased use of cloud-based systems for learning and training. These cloud-based learning management systems are cost-efficient as they provide virtual space for users to remotely participate in learning and training programs. Their responsive design is mobile friendly and proffers an effective learning experience. Today, such cloud-based management systems are being excessively utilised for corporate training.
There has been an onset of wearable technology for better monitoring and tracking of all kinds of data. Wearable technology like virtual reality headset (VRs), brain sensor headbands, smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness trackers, etc., are in vogue. These wearable devices show how technology can be actively involved in everyday activities and be stimulating enough for a learning experience. Their benefits are many, including in-situ learning, immersive and interactive experience, and the dissemination of an active and more inquiry-based understanding.
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It can be said with absolute certainty that there is digitalisation in all domains in the upcoming future. Every traditional aspect of our life, every industry, and its functioning methodology has significantly improved with the onset of technology. More transition is on its way. Technology will ameliorate the traditional learning methods to become much more advanced and available. Digital learning will further improve upon the quality, accessibility, adroitness, and assemblage of learning mediums and materials.
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This article was originally published on Medium.