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.[1]

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:

  • adaptive learning
  • badging and gamification
  • blended learning
  • classroom technologies
  • e-textbooks
  • learning analytics
  • learning objects
  • mobile learning, e.g. mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, computers.
  • personalised learning
  • online learning (or e-learning)
  • open educational resources (OERs)
  • technology-enhanced teaching and learning
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality

Through the use of mobile technologies, learning while travelling is possible.

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:[2]

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

See also

  • Educational technology
  • Education and Technology
  • Online learning in higher education
  • Online credentials for learning
  • Digital credential
  • Distance education
  • MOOC
  • Open educational resources
  • Educational technology in sub-Saharan Africa


  1. ^ "Teaching with Digital Technologies". Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  2. ^ "Digital Learning: Data, Trends, and Strategies You Need to Know". Retrieved 2017-10-04.