Digital learning: the time for all digital is now!
1 March, 2013
The arrival of digital technology has overturned the codes of corporate training. Indeed, computers have take up their place in learning techniques, both in distance and classroom-based training, also contributing to the emergence of original education methods. How can we defined digital learning? What has been its impact on training techniques? Will digital learning take over from blended learning?
Digital learning, what is it?
Simply put, digital learning is THE fundamental trend currently shaking up the training world. What does it consist of? Over the past few years, the integration of computers into training trades has become common knowledge, leading to the democratisation of e-learning. Digital learning takes this integration further, now encompassing educational content for classroom-based training. This presence of digital technologies, both in e-learning and in classroom-based courses, is the essence of digital leaning: media digitisation and interactivity throughout all educational materials.
Visible progress conferred by digital learning
Digital learning, democratised in training, is not limited simply to e-learning. It is becoming established throughout the value chain focused on educational efficiency (creation, management and distribution of educational material). Some examples of the benefits of digital learning:
- Greater training interactivity;
- Use of digital media in classroom-based training;
- Implementation of remote collaboration within work teams;
- Training industrialisation;
- Enhanced computer security;
- Data backup to cloud computing solutions;
- Emergence of fast learning (very short duration training using online content), etc.
So what about blended learning in all that?
To head off any rumours: NO, digital learning is not a substitute for blended learning. Blended learning (combining e-learning and classroom-based learning) is a learning method, a “way of training” learners. Digital learning, on the other hand, is a technological upgrade that impact learning.
Care must be taken not to confuse the learning method, which is an educational use, and digitisation, corresponding to optimised technological processing.
Current training courses (e-learning, blended learning and classroom-based learning) are undergoing a digitisation phase, offering benefits for both training departments and companies.