Digital Learning refers to "any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience and encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practices" (ESSA, 2015). High-quality digital learning experiences can take place in a variety of modalities including:
- Remote Learning - student and teacher are separated by space and possibly time
- Blended Learning - digital learning experiences are incorporated into the traditional classroom setting
- Hybrid Approach - a combination of the two above
Additionally, digital learning encompasses and expands upon the eLearning Day program, which was originally established as an option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar settings (primarily in cases of inclement weather).
With the COVID-19 pandemic, digital learning allows school corporations to be nimble in how they deliver instruction to meet the diverse needs of teachers, students, and the community, as well as help students develop employability skills essential to success beyond formal education.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has outlined 14 “Essential Conditions” (n.d.) for effectively leveraging technology in education to maximize learning and growth. Utilizing this work, IDOE derived the three Pillars for Digital Learning: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Community Engagement. The Digital Learning Toolkit provides resources for educators to utilize as they seek to support each of these areas, ensuring a robust and highly-effective digital learning program.
Click on the pillar buttons below to find related resources.