The Power of Digital Learning

Prateeksha Dutt February 14, 2019
In the 21st century, the term “digital learning” means much more than simply accessing information on a computer. Digital learning now is any form of learning created using instructional practices that makes effective use of technology.The umbrella of digital learning strategies ranges from e-books to games to mobile learning to AR/VR.It gives learners control over time,place,path, and pace. ” In fact, according to a research study called “Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths,” there is a strong connection between technology and deeper learning.”
Digital learning is more likely than traditional learning to improve critical skills ranging from accountability and productivity to creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Digital learning can also increase ethics, global awareness, and communication if used properly.
Technology for Deeper Learning While traditional methods such as books and classroom discussions have an important place in education, digital learning can provide a deeper, and engaging experience. That’s the case because digital tools can engage learners’ multiple senses which in turn allow more cognitive connection and association with a concept. What’s more, digital teaching tools can provide guided learning experiences and instant feedback to students as they progress through the learning process. Elements of Digital Learning
  • Visual learning tools are valuable to many students for a variety of reasons. Some types of information lend themselves better to visual formats than to text or lecture—and many learners actually take in information more effectively when it is presented visually.
  • Interactive visuals can be even more effective than simple graphics. For example, tools such as infographics can provide learners with a quick overview, while options for clicking and learning more about each element in the graphic provide opportunities for deeper learning.
  • Tutorials allow learners to progress at their own pace, taking time to review content, check their understanding, and access multimedia such as videos and images, to clarify and deepen their knowledge.
  • Guided training is a technique that allows educational developers to embed popups and interactive elements into training materials to provide more personalized, deeper learning opportunities for individual learners or groups of learners.
All of these tools make it possible for learners to go beyond the printed or spoken word to interact with materials at their own pace and in their own way. Techniques like guided training can also ensure that learners receive the individualized content they need, as they need it. Digital Learning Promotes Deeper Learning: Various Ways Unlike books or lectures, digital teaching tools can be built to personalize skill building while also providing extended access to online resources and expanded options for interaction, conversation, experimentation, self-assessment, and more. In addition, the advent of digital learning has opened the way for the development of schools and tools that foster deeper learning.
  • Personalized skill building makes it possible for learners to take in information and learn relevant skills in their own way, at their own pace. This innovative approach to teaching is, of course, extremely helpful for learners with physical, cognitive, or developmental differences. In addition, it also opens up opportunities for visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners to engage fully,  and develop a deeper understanding.
  • Extended access and expanded options are a tremendous resource to both instructors and learners. With a tap of the finger, learners can access research papers,h instructional videos, interactive labs, assessment tools, mind maps and much more. Not only does this type of access deepen and expand learning, but it also makes it easier for individuals to find precisely the type of materials they need for their particular learning style.
  • Tools that foster deeper learning for Schools are emerging, because of the ease of use that can be a part of high-quality digital learning. Rather than purchasing and updating print materials or relying solely on extended teaching hours for already overwhelmed educators, schools can provide students with customized learning tools that can be accessed both in the classroom and at home.
Why Digital Learning Works in The Classroom Traditional educational tools include a teacher, textbook, and a blackboard. While none of these tools has disappeared with the digital revolution (though blackboard has evolved to become wh smartboards), digital learning makes it easier and more effective to teach diverse learners.
  • Few people learn entirely through spoken or written words. Most assimilate and retain information better when it is presented in multiple formats—verbally, visually, and interactively. Digital learning tools make it easier for teachers to provide a range of learning tools while teaching and self-learning.
  • Experienced teachers know that each student learns in his or her own way. Prior to the advent of digital learning tools, teachers had access to very limited teaching resources. In most cases, it was difficult if not impossible to provide students with personalized tools to meet their particular learning needs. Digital learning, however, makes it possible for teachers to support learner needs.
  • eLearning tools make it possible for learners to study anytime anywhere This is, of course, important for adult learners—but it also means that K12 and college students now have an easily accessible, low-cost way to do self-study. It also means that individuals with chronic illness or other physical challenges can study when they are at their physical best. Magic Edtech partners with its client to build solutions and products that deliver a set of services to learners as and when they need them.
Making the Most of the Power of Digital Learning The universe of digital learning options is always growing, as is the ability of digital learning products to reach and teach every kind of learner. Whether you’re providing classroom programs, higher education options, or training modules, the right combination of visual, verbal, interactive, and multimedia tools can ensure an immersive, personalized experience for each learner. Learn more about Magic EdTech’s immersive capability and its tools and techniques for ensuring a top-quality educational experience for every learner.

Prateeksha Dutt

As a Lead Instructional Designer with Magic Edtech, Prateeksha is actively engaged in conceptualizing and designing various digital learning objects and immersive offerings.