ⓘ Digital learning


ⓘ Digital learning

Digital learning is any type of learning that is accompanied by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology. It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices including: blended and virtual learning.

Digital Learning is sometimes confused with online learning or e-learning, digital learning encompasses the aforementioned concepts.

A digital learning strategy may include any of or a combination of any of the following:

  • online learning or e-learning
  • learning objects
  • virtual reality
  • mobile learning e.g. Mobile Phones, Laptops, Computers, iPads.
  • open educational resources OERs
  • augmented reality
  • technology-enhanced teaching and learning
  • personalized learning
  • blended learning
  • e-textbooks
  • learning analytics
  • adaptive learning
  • classroom technologies
  • badging and gamification

Through the use of mobile technologies, digital learning can be used whilst travelling as mobile technologies gives us this advantage.


1. Pedagogies that incorporate digital learning

Digital learning is meant to enhance the learning experience rather than replace traditional methods altogether. Listed below are common pedagogies, or practices of teaching, that combine technology and learning:

  • Personalized learning
  • 1:1 learning
  • Flipped learning
  • Online learning
  • Understanding by Design UBD
  • Gamification
  • Differentiated learning
  • Universal Design for Learning UDL
  • Individualized learning
  • Blended/hybrid learning

2. Digital learning tools and resources

There are a plethora of tools and resources online many that are free that can be used to create and enhance a digital learning environment. Listed below are resources and tools 21st century teachers can use for digital learning:

  • Digital Pocket
  • Zotero
  • iTunesU
  • YouTube Channels
  • Cloud-based Word Processors i.e. Google Drive
  • RSS or Social Readers
  • File-sharing platforms i.e. Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Google+ Communities