Digital Learning: What is it, and how does it work?
Digital learning is any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or instructional practice that makes effective use of technology, as defined by the Texas Education Code.
Frequently Asked Questions
AI algorithms can analyze student performance and engagement to modify course content and activities to better suit each individual learner's needs and interests. This allows for a more personalized learning path.
AI writing assistants can help generate content and learning objectives. Intelligent course builders can assemble modules based on parameters set by the instructor. And virtual designers can create draft visuals and course prototypes.
AI tutors can provide extra practice, instant feedback, and basic guidance to students. However, they lack the empathy and advanced reasoning of human instructors. AI chatbots can handle common administrative and informational queries from students to reduce instructor workload.
Education leaders must ensure the use of AI is appropriate and supportive of the organization's vision. TeachAI offers some great resources and updates. At our conference, explore AI topics that can augment human lesson planning and instructional design. Compare notes with peers on the best uses of AI for your needs.
AI should be used thoughtfully to enhance human teaching, not replace it. Instructors should provide oversight of AI tools and be transparent about their use. Student privacy and data collection policies need special consideration with AI. Consult resources like Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations, on the ethical use of student data, published by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology.
Join important discussions around how educators can enhance digital learning with AI while upholding ethical principles at the 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston with a Separate Virtual Event).
It's important to note that the best technology is the one that fits your specific context, goals, and needs. Consider adopting VR technology to create immersive learning experiences for your students, such as virtual field trips or simulations. AI in the form of chatbot, AI-powered writing tools, or AI-powered learning management systems are also new and innovative ways to support student learning and engagement. To engage staff or students, use tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, or Trello to allow them to work on projects together in real-time. A quick survey of sites to increase engagement is to skill up your staff and to onboard them into your organization’s culture. Digital storytelling is one method of achieving both of these targets. Luckily for you, there will be session on digital storytelling at the 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston with a Separate Virtual Event). Come see how you can embrace methods of engaging your staff/students in a comprehensive and fun environment. Or, join TxDLA to access our growing video library for members on using technology to engage students.
You might consider providing alternative text for images, videos and audio files to make your content accessible to those with visual and auditory impairments. Use a variety of media such as text, images, videos, and audio to present information in multiple ways. You might also create interactive elements such as quizzes, polls, and discussions to keep students engaged. One of the fastest ways to check for accessibility is to use an accessibility checker website. Many free options are available such as, Accessibility Checker.org, though, this is a reactive step. A more comprehensive method would be to design your content from the ground up with accessibility in mind. The TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certificate program offered several times throughout each year, is a vetted and reliable method of ensuring your content is always accessible. There are also multiple sessions on digital accessibility at our upcoming 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD, including a free three-hour pre-conference workshop specifically covering digital accessibility.
It’s good practice to regularly check and evaluate the accessibility of your content, and to adjust as needed. Keep yourself updated with the latest accessibility guidelines, laws and regulations. Check the W3C website for accessibility resources. A quick tool for checking contrast (one component of digital accessibility) on your digital content is to use a contrast checker such as WebAim. For a more effective toolbox, TxDLA has a comprehensive Accessibility Certification program that will skill you up. Check our website for more details.
Microlearning platforms can be used to deliver bite-sized chunks of information, which can be easily consumed on-the-go and can be effective for busy staff with limited time. Consider using an online Learning Management System (LMS) to create, deliver, and track online training programs. They can also provide access to a wide variety of training materials and resources. But, with unlimited technology in today’s world, the task of choosing the one which works best for you can be daunting. Picking the right tool can be just as important as the content when providing training to your staff. Come join Digital Learning specialists from across the state at 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD, to see how they are leveraging technology in their professional development to meet the needs of their staff. Or, join TxDLA to access our growing video library for members on using technology to train staff.
Launching a virtual school can be a complex process. You should begin by conducting research and assessing the needs of your target audience. This includes understanding the demographics, learning styles, and technology preferences of your students. Done with your research, and finally ready to launch your own virtual school, but don’t have all the resources or the expert mentors who have walked this path already? This spring, come meet and learn from the state’s best online administrators at the 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD. Here you’ll be able to meet, interact, and learn from administrators from K12, higher ed, governmental, and corporate digital admins. Follow their guidance to dodge and overcome challenges in your pursuit to launch your very own virtual school campus.
Virtually of course! The growth of digital education has been exponential the past few years … 29.2 % of college students have taken online courses, according to U.S. News. This format has existed pre-COVID, and will only get better going forward. If you haven’t seen the latest and greatest for digital learning, consider attending our 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD. And, until you are able to fill your vacancies, consider creating a supportive and positive work environment, with opportunities for collaboration, professional development and recognition. Use technology to support teachers, such as providing them with access to online resources, lesson plans, and professional development opportunities.
The largest collection of OER can be found at OER Commons. It’s one thing to find the resources, but to be effective when using these resources, you need guidance and a mentor. Luckily for you, the TxDLA Conference is right around the corner. Join us this March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD, where you can meet and find many mentors to guide you through the array of OER resources. Or, join TxDLA to access our growing video library for members on the effective use of free online education resources.
Provide a variety of resources, such as books, articles, videos, and tutorials, that cover different learning styles and levels of difficulty. From creating your own courses to outsourcing the content, leaders nowadays have a wide arrangement of options when it comes to self-directed learning, but how can you be sure the content is high quality and meets the needs of your staff and students? Come visit with specialists from all across the state at the 2024 TxDLA Conference, March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD, to learn how they are meeting the needs of the students and staff with high quality, self-paced learning.
Digital storytelling is the process of using digital tools and media to tell a story. This can include a variety of mediums such as video, audio, images, and text. The process typically involves the use of a computer or other digital device to create and edit the story, as well as to share it with an audience. Digital storytelling can be used for a wide range of purposes, including education, entertainment, marketing, and personal expression. Interested? Come join us this March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD at TxDLA’s Conference where you will be amazed at the opportunities this process affords.
Start by identifying the purpose and audience for the story. This will help you determine the type of story you want to create and the medium you want to use. Plan the structure of your story. This can include creating a storyboard or script that outlines the main elements of the story, such as the setting, characters, and plot. Gather your materials, which can include text, images, audio, and video. You can use a variety of tools to create these elements, such as a camera, microphone, and editing software.
Interested in learning more about digital storytelling? This March 25-28 (in Galveston) and separate Virtual Event TBD at TxDLA’s Conference, there are sessions dedicated to digital storytelling, spanning how-tos to data sessions to administrational. You will be a digital storytelling expert in a few short days!
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