The ability to leverage the new medium and elevate the educational experience through interactive features and dynamic elements is the best reason to embrace digital learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to have an ever-increasing role in a full-sensory digital learning experience, as digital technology improves. As software and hardware become more powerful and versatile, we will be able to create interactive videos from raw text and virtual reality and AI will be used extensively, including the telling of interactive stories.
To have educational success, self-motivation matters. If students aren’t engaged, very little will capture their attention. Digital learning can provide a learning environment that feels more like a game than a study session and can be ramped up or down depending on the student body. Interactive learning keeps students engaged because they are required to actively participate in their education. Interactive elements encourage active learning habits and reinforce the knowledge acquired through reading and lectures to provide a complete educational package.
Digital publishers have an important role to play in this emerging field. The very nature of digital learning demands authentic and fresh content. Publishers must produce content that’s fresh and precise while capturing the essence of a topic, to bypass the low attention spans of students. The use of less text and more visual elements in digital learning is the way forward.
Since every learner has specific learning needs and comprehension levels, publishers need to provide personalized learning paths. Depending on their audience, they must redefine content for learners by focusing on a niche and creating material that is personalized and relevant to their specific target segment.
Constant feedback and interactivity are very important features of digital learning. When people have visual feedback on their progress and achievements, motivation effortlessly rises, and this applies to education in a big way. Digital learning offers students constant feedback- where they excel, and what they need to work on, and gives a sense of accomplishment when they succeed. Students can progress at their speed, and teachers know immediately when a student needs extra assistance or academic intervention.
Competency-based education is a natural fit with digital learning. The competency-based model allows students to move forward by displaying competence. This model provides an important pathway to innovation for the educational publishing industry, and for school systems, allowing them to offer an array of options customized to specific schools and students. Publishers are adopting more innovative ways to implement this self-paced learning model as the technology develops.
Smarter tools mean smarter students. Textbook learning and listening to lectures alone often result in temporary memorization. Online learning is interactive, it encourages students to develop research skills and solve problems, and it gives instant feedback. This increases productivity and learning efficiency. Digital technology can boost critical thinking skills by engaging students in active problem-solving and decision-making. They immediately see the effect of their decisions. The heightened sense of accomplishment from instant feedback builds confidence in their skills, leading to faster learning and increased academic performance.
Of course, the ultimate benefit of digital learning is the ability for people to learn anytime and anywhere. From kindergarten through advanced degree programs, students can take their education with them on the go. In the 21st century no one should have to put their lives on hold to go to school.