What is digital learning? Digital learning is a broad term that’s become popular in recent decades. It’s frequently used as a synonym for electronic learning (which is also known as eLearning) which is commonly used to mean the opposite of teacher-pupil-style traditional, transmissive learning methods.
What is Digital Learning – the meaning in a nutshell
Digital Learning means learning using electronic media. Modern day computers and electronics all use binary digits (1s and 0s) to construct data. Information and instructions created with these digits are therefore called digital information. Learning that uses this digital information is called digital learning. Consequently, digital learning means learning using electronic devices.
Why is digital learning useful?
Traditional teaching methods involve a teacher imparting information to students and everyone has direct contact with each other. This is useful for traditional schools where pupils are in the same place at the same time and are seeking to be taught the same thing. As such it can be very efficient for a teacher to transfer knowledge to an entire class at once.
However, things get trickier when, say, a business is trying to train a workforce and that workforce is located in many different locations. It’s not just very difficult to get them all in one place at one time, it’s very expensive and removing them from their day-to-day duties is rarely practical.
As such many instructional designers, corporate trainers, retail trainers and general educators are moving towards digital learning. This allows learners to access courses (and teachers in some cases) from anywhere they have an electronic device. There’s also the added bonus that using the electronic device is inherently more interactive and interactive learning is far more effective than traditional rote techniques. This is especially important for adult learning where employees are less used to learning new things and can even prove quite resentful if they feel as though they’re being forced. So how do you make your digital learning more effective?
How to make Digital Learning more effective
Instructional Designers use tools called Learning Management Systems (LMS). These are systems which allow teachers and instructors to add questions and answers to a pre-built framework which can then automatically be used to interact with multiple students – it will deliver the information to the students and automatically quiz them on it.
How to make your LMS more effective
There is a confusing array of LMSs to choose from: they come at various price points, degrees of complexity and some offer content while others do not. The latest generation of LMS is a mobile LMS. This leverages the high degree of smartphone saturation in the world and sends small, bite-sized microlessons direct to learners’ mobile devices so that they can interact with courses at their own convenience.
What is the best mobile LMS?
The best mobile LMSs are designed for mobile first – they’re not a Frankenstein-like, bolted-on addition to an existing system but were built from the ground up for mobile devices. This makes them simple for even technophobes to partake in courses – and also create them! By using an array of off-the-shelf templates, anyone with a set of questions and answers can easily create lessons and even entire courses that are as engaging as they are variable. Why simply ask true or false questions or give multiple choice questions when you can make a game of learning – have scratch-to-reveal answers; turn answers into word searches, have timed answers and offer prizes for the best performance?
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