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Digital learning: the future of education

Find out how digital learning is bringing learners around the world closer together. 


As technology continues to evolve and imbibe itself in our daily life, it is no surprise that today, it also forms a core part of our education system. It is forecasted that by 2050, there will be 2 billion more upskillers/learners globally, leading education to become a $7 trillion+ industry.


Over the last two years, the education industry saw a whole new chapter in digital learning as the pandemic spread across the world, forcing classes to move online.


At the same time, it is evident that future of education is digital. New advances in technology, such as AR and cloud-based learning offer students a chance to quickly keep up to date with our ever-changing world, as well as bring learners across the world closer.


What is digital education?


Digital education, often referred to as e-Learning, is the use of new digital tools and trends in learning and teaching. In recent years, there has been an uptick in blended learning — where in-person learning overlaps with online learning, which also allows users to enjoy flexibility in their learning, which further enhances productivity.


With time, digital education is on the forefront as educators seek new ways to keep their learners interested and to help them excel. It involves not just the use of a laptop, but also digital content, use of technology, and online instructions.


Simply put, digital learning has revolutionized the way we learn and is a must for those looking to broaden their career opportunities in the field of education.


What are the digital trends that are being adopted around the world?


It is known that Gen Z prefer the involvement of digital tools in learning as they are familiar with the technology that surrounds them, and soon enough, advanced technologies will make their way into education. Some digital trends that are being adopted around the world include the following:


  • AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) to help students experience what they are learning in a practical form

  • Accessibility (e.g., text-to-speech programs), which ensures that people with disabilities get a fair chance at learning, which further paves the way for inclusive learning

  • Personalised learning, wherein e-Learning can be tailored specifically for the learner, thus helping them understand and retain concepts in a way that suits them

  • Cloud-based learning, where one can access lessons from anywhere at any time, including streaming of online classes and even online exams

  • Digital citizenship, wherein students learn to be good digital citizens and stay professional in a digital environment

  • Use of Big Data to understand areas where students excel and where they underperform, trends in student population, and build better understanding of students’ preferences in the classroom, among other information


Why should I get an MA in Education?


An MA in Education can help you adapt to changing digital trends, whether you’re a teacher, learning technologist, or even work in another educational setting, such as a museum. This course will arm you with a wide set of skills that you can apply in your workplace. It will offer a global perspective of education, show you the importance of digital tools in the classroom, help you create an inclusive environment, and improve your skills as a researcher and teacher.


The University of Hull's online part-time MA in Education covers all the basics, as well as gives you context about the rapidly evolving field of education. Supported by best practices, theoretical perspectives, and newest innovations, this course is perfect for educators from all industries, from policy making to nursery education.


You will:

  • Learn about the importance of education in society and the future.

  • Understand how education can enable sustainable development, social justice, and a thirst for lifelong learning.

  • Obtain a global education mindset via researching education policies around the world, which will help inform your approach to becoming an educator in your chosen field in a local context. Discover the many doors open in education thanks to e-Learning and learn about digital inequality.


The University of Hull's part-time online MA in Education is a flexible programme that can be accessed from anywhere; thus, you can be flexible with your learning and study at your own pace and time.


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