Digital learning

Three adult students with laptops on table outdoors

Rapid digital development is fundamentally changing the way we learn and keep in touch with each other.

New and social media are now an indispensable part of the working world. They make it easier to keep in touch and exchange ideas. To an unheard-of extent and beyond all physical boundaries, they enable like-minded people to engage in joint learning (peer-to-peer learning) and to refine ideas together in open innovation processes (knowledge sharing).

More and more people now have access to digital information and communication channels thanks to the rapid spread of mobile technologies. In developing countries and emerging economies, too, digital processes and applications have dramatically changed the way people live and work. This includes working in virtual teams or teams working from various locations, e-learning, mobile learning and collaborative learning scenarios involving the use of social media.

Digital learning and cooperation focus on people and networking. The emphasis is on enhancing individual personal and professional skills and bringing people together in networks. The effects of learning and working together are then magnified in organisations and society.

Our approach is made up of three methodological steps:

  1. Plan the use of technology, taking into account potential for change and opportunities for scaling up.
  2.  Adapt and use technologies in line with objectives, i.e. make choices based on people, not technology.
  3. Be mindful of the resources required and of the handover of technology to partners, with a view to using the collaborative and learning scenario as a lever for sustainability.

There are many digital learning formats, including various mixed formats. These include the following:

Web-based training: Participants work their way through visually appealing e-learning content independently, with tests and exercise questions.

Blended learning: A combination of classroom-based learning and digital learning modules.

Webinars: Online seminars in which participants follow a live lecture and can engage in discussions with other participants. Further elements may include surveys and discussions via text chat and the joint development of content using whiteboards.

Wiki: Content can be both read and amended by users.

MOOC (massive open online courses): Online courses for very large groups of participants.
New methods and technologies such as augmented reality, digital storytelling and gamification offer additional options for learning formats.