If there is anything that drives students to excel nowadays, it is digital education. Digital Education involves using a wide variety of methods and tools that an individual can use to learn and gather information.
What Is Digital Education
The best way to define digital learning education is to break down its components – digital and education. To start with, let’s define education as put forth by Oxford Dictionary:
“the process of teaching or learning in a school, or the knowledge that you get from this:
a high school/college education.
Education is also the study of methods and theories of teaching:
She has a master’s degree in early childhood education.”
So, you can break it down even further. You can teach or learn through a variety of methods and theories.
Next, let us look at the definition of digital. This is also from the “Oxford Dictionary.”
“relating to computer technology, especially the internet:
The business has invested heavily in the latest digital technology.”
The digital world has tools available to a marketer that are utterly different.
So, digital education (from my point of view) is teaching or learning using multiple methods, especially through computer technology with a heavy emphasis on the internet. In other words, any good eTraining strategy should incorporate eLearning for the best results.
Digital education encompasses a wide variety of terms. Let’s look at the most common.
1. Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) – TEL is used to describe the use of technology to teaching and learning. There is no concrete definition for it as it is rather broad. In short, TEL is any technology that enhances the learning experience.
TEL is often referred to as e-Learning (or eLearning) – At one point, I saw that projections estimate that the e-learning market worldwide is projected to surpass 243 billion U.S. dollars by 2022.
2. Blended Learning – Blended learning incorporates face-to-face learning where the teacher and student interact in a typical classroom. In addition to face-to-face learning though, blended learning also uses online learning. This can be done either at home or at school.
Now add in the independent study time component to complete the definition for blended learning.
3. eTraining – eTraining in the digital education world is so important because it involves digital. The definition of eTraining is providing learning or teaching with the use of electronic methods. It involves the use of a computer or other electronic device to those students who are eager to learn.
One aspect of eTraining that you should look into are B2B virtual events. Let alone that they are virtual, they are highly interactive and can even be fun.
Types of eTraining
Next on our list of talking about eTraining is the different types that digital education can be classified as. There are two types that we should briefly discuss.
a. Synchronous – This is when you take learning and teaching and combine them together. Both these methods occur in real time, and the teacher and student are separated from each other. Opposite of the advantage of the learner having the capability to take a class from any place he or she chooses is the disadvantage that the person has to find time in his schedule to be able to attend the class. This has evolved a lot with the use of Zoom and virtual classrooms.
b. Asynchronous – This means the online training is self-paced. Think of asynchronous as being able to use online audio and video along with the use of discussion forums to drive home the learning or teaching. Asynchronous is much more flexible as it allows the student to set up their own schedule when they want to learn.
Live Text Chat
Live Audio or Video Chat
Recorded Slides with Narration
Comprehensive Listing of Online Learning Platforms.
Where can a student get a good solid digital education through online learning platforms? The website I like the most for listing out excellent sites is Guru99. They have done the research for me as to listing out 16 BEST Online Course Platforms in 2020.
So let’s jump right into it next. Let me provide you with their summaries, and then you can get more details on Guru99’s site or go straight to the websites listed. Sound good? Let’s go.
Digital Education Platforms
The first five we are going to look at are as follows.
Kajabi is an online course platform. It contains numerous site themes for building in-depth courses. This tool helps you to create your own online customize course with ease.
Learndash is a course platform integrated with WordPress. It supports numerous plugins. This app helps you to setup courses online.
Skillshare is an online platform that focused on education. It includes numerous topics related to graphics design, data science, e-commerce, analytics, etc.
Udemy is an online teaching platform. It enables you to easily promote your class. This site helps you to create courses on numerous categories like development, business, design, marketing, etc.
Thinkific is an all in one platform that helps you to create, sell, and delivers online courses. It enables you to easily make and customize courses that match your brand.
2nd Set of Platforms
The second set that Guru99 lists are below:
Teachable is a website that helps you to create and sell online courses. It provides a user-friendly interface to build courses. This site helps you to set up a fully functioning course with few mouse clicks.
LearnWorldS is a site that helps you to create and sell online courses. It provides responsive templates and styles to build your course.
8) Linkedin Learning
LinkedIn Learning is a site that offers video courses. You can use this website to access up to 15,000 courses in more than 7 languages.
TalentLMS is a cloud-based learning management system. It helps users to simplify online seminars, training programs, and courses. You do not require technical skills to use this website.
Podia is easy to use e-learning platform that helps you to create, host, and sell their lessons. It supports messaging for live chat. This platform helps you to manage students with ease.
Final Set of Digital Platforms
The final set of 6 websites that Guru99 lists are below:
WizIQ offers educators and teachers a simple way to set up virtual classrooms for live interactive courses. You can upload content in any format and create learning courses online.
Udacity is a place where you can learn cutting edge skills. You can use it to create HD instructor video content. This platform enables you to customize the learning path according to your organization’s needs.
Alison is a free e-learning platform that provides various categories like IT, language, health, science, etc. It provides an innovative network of locations to learn courses.
Ruzuku enables you to create an online course in less amount of time. It helps you to create a basic outline of the curriculum with ease.
OpenSesame is an online learning platform that helps you to create and manage corporate learning programs with ease. You can choose from more than 5000 courses. It provides chat and email support.
16) ISpring Learn
ISpring Learn allows users to create slide-based quizzes, courses, and video lectures. It makes it easy to give product, sales, and compliance training to employees.
Final Words on Digital Education
All things considered, have we touched on everything there is to know about digital education? Not by a long shot. No one expected virtual learning to skyrocket as it has. I predict, however, that it is here to stay. Moreover, I am not alone in predicting that the online education world is going to look very different. Are you ready?
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