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Digital Learning: the positive and negative aspects

With the development of digital, many universities worldwide have started offering digital learning experiences.

Digital learning is not a new concept, but neither an old one. The term digital learning refers to the use of technology by students to enhance their learning process. Digital learning includes interactive application and tools which have a significant impact on the student experience.

There are both positive and negative aspects related to the concept of digital learning.

Positive Aspects:

Students can benefit from digital learning as they can choose their own style, learn anytime, and boost their achievements. As well as this, they can improve concepts, enhance their creativity, and increase their engagement.

Firstly, digital learning permits learners to choose the style that best suits them. These styles include reading textbooks, watching videos or using interactive programs to better engage with their learning.

Secondly, thanks to the Internet and technological development, students can learn anytime as they can access content 24/7. Therefore, learners are not restricted to study only during the university hours.

Thirdly, through digital smart tools, students can improve their learning process by studying and engaging with content in an easier way.

Additionally, digital tools allow students to understand complex concepts and problems, as well as enhance the learners’ creativity and engagement. Indeed, interactive programs and smart tools are able to increase the learners’ engagement and encourage them to learn voluntary and more effectively.

Negative Aspects:

Firstly, digital tools can be seen as a distraction. If students do not focus enough on what they are studying, they can be easily distracted by these tools and waste their study time.

Secondly, digital learning can be an expensive way to study. Not every learner can afford a laptop, smartphone or tablet to study as they are quite expensive tools.

Finally, digital learning means a lack of physical interaction between lecturers and students. Usually,  focusing only on digital courses, learners avoid attending class lectures and discussion. Nevertheless, the bond between teachers and learners is fundamental for a positive digital learning experience.

In conclusion, digital learning has its own pros and cons. Hence, it is essential that traditional teaching methods are integrated into the digital learning process. Furthermore, it is vital that during the digital learning process, students are not distracted by social media or game websites, otherwise, they will be unable to succeed in their courses.


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