Digital Learning

What is digital learning?

The rapid acceleration of digital technology has enabled the rise of newer forms of learning outside the traditional classroom setting. Students and employees can now engage and interact with learning platforms from anywhere in the world, using digital tools and technologies to expand their knowledge and skillsets.

Through digital learning, organisations can develop and deliver programs that reach larger and more widespread audiences while, at the same time, are more engaging for learners. To build effective digital learning experiences, it is important to tailor them to the individual needs of learners while maintaining an extremely high level of brand and messaging consistency.

Why is digital learning important in the workplace?

Digital learning has seen immense growth in the last years, from educational settings to organisations using it for learning & development, compliance training and onboarding. The benefits of digital learning are numerous, including encouraging self-directed learning and the centralised production of the materials, ensuring consistency in what is being taught and how it is being communicated.

The skills required to build effective, consistent and engaging digital learning experiences are widely sought after. Individuals with this skillset are also highly versatile – whether they are in the education industry, developing and designing courses and programs for online delivery, or in any other industry, the ability to deliver digital learning experiences is vital.

According to Forbes, the global digital learning industry is predicted to be worth over $350 billion by 2025, with the pandemic likely accelerating this growth. A large share of the market consists of online learning providers, but interest in digital learning for training and development purposes is also growing rapidly outside of the education sector. The benefits of self-paced learning that does not require employees to be away from work for hours or days at a time are obvious, leading to more and more organisations to incorporate digital learning in their compliance management systems. In addition, traditional education providers like universities have increasingly turned to hybrid models.

As more of our learning takes place in virtual and hybrid settings, the ability to synthesise didactic and digital skills to create digital learning experiences will only become more important.

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