Digital learning is defined as learning through digital devices such as computers, tablets, or smart phones over the Internet. It is also known by other names, such as virtual learning, online learning, e-learning, distance learning, or continuing education. Digital learning was first introduced as “Computer Assisted Learning Center” in 1982 . The first online course was introduced by “Computer Assisted Learning Campus” in 1994, in which students can take courses over the web . Michael Chasen and Matthew Pittinsky founded Blackboard in 1997. In 1999, Blackboard, SmartThinking and e-campus became popular among different universities around the world. Between 2002 and 2008, ...view middle of the document...
However, learning is about building a fostering environment in which students think critically and mentors provide guidance along the way. It also suggests that there should be not just interaction between the content and the student, but also among the students and student and faculty to have a successful learning experience.
In online or digital learning faculty are flipping the class room experience in to a more interactive experience by using either different Content Management Systems or Learning Management Systems. A Content Management System is a system in which course content can be created using Microsoft word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Audio –Visual aids and software. This content is then placed on websites from where learners can access it. This website content can be image files or PDF files. Instructors can put these files in public or in private groups. Although it is easy to develop without any technical knowledge of programming, core problem with this type of system is to manage the identity of students and it does not provide a facility to track students. On the other hand, Learning Management System uses software in which learners have to register before taking courses. This system provides facility to track students’ performance, activity and growth and an automatic way to provide course materials to learners. LMS is more expensive than CMS. Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress are the examples of CMS. BlueVolt, BizLibrary, Lotus, and WebCT are the examples of LMS. BitrixSiteManager, InterWoverTeamSite, VignetteWebContentManagement, SilverStripe, MODxRevolution, and XOOPS are several tools those are being used to develop CMS .
Online Learning Tools:-
1) Apple Learning Interchange- This tool lets students to share lessons and materials over the Internet.