Nowadays technology is advancing with the speed of light and touching most of the aspects of our daily life. It would be inevitable for the educational system not to be affected by it. The traditional form of education is leaving the space for digital learning to create a new era of education and move it forward.
Both teachers and students are benefiting from the numerous advantages that digital learning has to offer.
So, what actually the digital learning is …?
In simple and easy terms, we can define digital learning as any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective and best use of technology. Digital learning is more than just providing students with a laptop. Digital learning requires a combination of technology, digital content and instruction.
Or we can say digital learning is "learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path or pace”.
Lectures are only terrible if you are a terrible lecturer!”. If we look back to 100 years before from now we will see a very advancement in almost everything like: transporting systems from steam locomotive to superfast trains and aeroplanes, similarly there is lot of differences in the communication system from past to present. Unfortunately, the irony is that we have seen every aspect of life changing with the change of time but at the same time we see almost no change or advancement in the education system in most parts of the world, as of now presently 99% of the Asia’s education system is based on the same old age concepts no advancements. We are ready to see and adopt any change in any aspect of life but when it comes to education system we fail to develop or bring in new methods to educational institutes. And the results are no growth in student’s intellectuality because students only get bored with lectures. But in order to advance this educational field we are now seeing rise and shine of digital learning.
Anyone without reason to visit a university campus in the last ten years might be surprised to learn that higher education has changed considerably.
They’ll notice that even the most traditionally passive experiences – lectures, textbooks, assignment feedback – are becoming digital, collaborative and interactive.
Evidence so far shows that this takes tutors no more time than traditional written feedback but offers the opportunity for richer, more dialogue-driven comment.
At this point, we don't know the extent to which COVID-19 will cause some proportion of colleges and universities to close down or merge. The most vulnerable of tuition-dependent institutions, particularly the ones already facing demographically driven declines in demand, will be the hardest hit by the pandemic. For the vast majority of colleges and universities that will survive COVID-19, most will likely see declines in revenue and increases in costs. We hope that schools prioritize their people as budgets are reduced. We learned from the 2008 recession that relying on layoffs to balance university budgets is the fastest way to kill innovation, risk taking and morale.
The higher ed future that COVID-19 will give us, however, is not entirely bleak. If we look far and hard enough into our post secondary post-pandemic landscape, we can glimpse some reasons for optimism. Nowhere is the higher ed post-COVID-19 future as positive or as interesting as in the realm of teaching and learning.
Digital Learning (From classroom to work from home)
The gift of digital learning has proved to be a blessing not only for the teachers but even for the parents who usually guide their children at home and help them in their studies and homework. They can consult the internet and online tutorials anytime in order to guide their kids in a better way. Moreover, e-learning because of its interactive nature becomes a fun laden game for the children who can grasp the topic more quickly than by the traditional methods.
Students are able to get the proper education from alternative and interactive methods. Their curriculum is web-based, which means that the process of learning is done through different electronic devices that help the students be more aware of what they are being taught as well as concentrate more on their education.
Hence, there are unlimited opportunities when it comes to digital learning. It opens up a new field for the education system. It strengthens the education system and helps the children to learn more effectively over traditional methods. Research work has been made simpler through e-learning and parents can seek guidance online too. It reduces the burden of paperwork and makes exams easier.
"Online learning is rapidly becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world's rapidly expanding workforce."