Digital education.. What and what are its recent trends in education

 Digital education.. What and what are its recent trends in education

Your comprehensive guide to learn the most important details about digital education

Digital education. Digital transformation has become one of the most prominent and important trends in the industrial, service and government sectors. In addition, it has become an essential feature of education and university life, thanks to its effective role in managing crises and opening areas of creativity, excellence, learning and skills acquisition.

Therefore, digital transformation has an effective role in the field of education, given the importance of digital education and its effective application in schools and universities.

Article content:-

  • The concept of digital education
  • Components, characteristics and strategies
  •  Features and importance
  • Digital transformation in education
  • Digital transformation and digitization of education in universities
  • The difference between e-learning and digital education
  • Modern trends in education
Digital Learning

Digital education is one of the innovative educational methods that rely on modern tools and technologies during study or learning. It is also known as technology-enhanced or related learning.

It also includes any type of education that is related to the use of an effective digital technology, as it includes blended education, virtual education, or e-learning.

In addition, it achieves instant communication between teachers and students over the Internet, as universities and schools become an educational institution connected to the Internet, as it is already present in both of them.

In addition, it provides an opportunity for teachers and learners to discover modern technologies, and use them in designing different and attractive methods for educational courses and courses.

components of digital learning

It consists of three basic things:

Technological component: It is represented in transforming the educational component into digital, internet networks, devices, smart phones and websites.
Educational or educational component: It consists of teachers, students, study and educational materials, libraries, examinations, research centers, administrators, and financial professionals.

Administrative component: It is represented in the goals, philosophy, plans and timetables of digital education, in addition to budgets, educational programs and strategies.

What is meant by digital transformation in education?

What is meant by digital transformation is an attempt to get rid of the traditional teaching methods and methods used in the past in educational processes, and to rely on modern technology and technologies and use them directly in educational systems and institutions.

Where it is replaced by modern methods and methods in accordance with technological development and support for distance learning or self-education, and the digital transformation in education supports the transformation of indoctrination processes used in traditional means into interaction, development and creativity.

It relies on understanding, research, and the acquisition of skills and experience, according to a specific strategy developed by ministries of education and ministries of higher education around the world.

The aim is to facilitate education and promote it to high levels of development, progress and creativity, in addition to providing opportunities for everyone to complete their education, gain professional experience and advance in their work.
One of the benefits of the digital transformation process in education is the practice of administrative procedures such as electronic registration and admission of students through an approved website for the educational institution.

Digital transformation and digitization of education in universities

The digital transformation in education, especially higher education institutions, is one of the factors that determines and depends on the future and position of the university at the local and global levels.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Communications launched a program for digitizing university education, the aim of which is to transform universities  into smart universities.

To provide all digital services related to education for students and pay fees electronically, in addition to creating digital platforms that support digital education and provide all study materials for students.

The first Egyptian university to support and apply digital education is Mansoura University, Faculty of Commerce, as it is the first electronic university, and it also ranked first among Egyptian universities as the best university in applying digital transformation.

The university also replaced the ICDL certificate with a digital transformation certificate, and this is a condition for it to grant graduate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees to students, then universities followed after that in supporting digital transformation and education such as Cairo University, Kafr El-Sheikh University and Suez Canal University.

As it has spread in all educational stages, schools and universities, through the use of digital tools in lecturing and explaining lessons, such as smart digital boards.

What are the strategies for digital education?

Digital learning needs a mechanism to achieve immediate interaction between teachers and students, and to achieve an effective technological environment through which both parties can interact with websites.

Integration with information technology and all this in order to support and enhance the exchange of information and knowledge between them and to create a suitable educational atmosphere for each of them.

This mechanism consists of the following points:

  • Create a website on the Internet.
  • Defining and selecting targeted educational programmes.
  • Create educational networks for all schools or universities.
  • Provide support to students and be fast and effective.
  • Use standard templates for all educational programmes.
Providing collaborative tools, integration and coordination tools for the exchange of knowledge and information.

Data design profiling is an example of this using Microsoft Database.

important strategic elements

There are several general strategic elements that must be available in educational institutions, including:

Preparing a comprehensive vision to provide all components of digital learning and their integration in the educational system.

 Encourage students and prepare them to accept digital education.

Find out the opinions of professors and students about sharing and exchanging knowledge and information between them.

Work and seek to transform the entire education system into a digital system.

Providing guarantees for learners and teachers to access information in the digital system, in addition to providing the necessary information security and ensuring it is well secured.

Ensure the real and economic operation of the digital education system.

Providing guarantees to measure accuracy in quality, management and performance in the digital system.

What are the importance and objectives of digital education and its characteristics?

Its goals and importance are represented in the following points:

  • Satisfying the academic, professional, cognitive and cultural desires of learners and students.
  • Develop interaction and communication between teachers and students, and achieve many benefits for both of them.
  • Developing information and knowledge and speeding up their renewal and organizing them well according to their importance.
  • Improving work performance, in addition to excellence, creativity and competition in order to reach the best results.
  • Employing new and innovative solutions in crisis management and problem solving, in addition to enhancing the ability to plan a better future.
  • Applying innovative services instead of traditional methods of learning, in addition to preparing and preparing students for e-learning.
Characteristics and attributes of digital learning

Digital Learning is distinguished from other types of education by some characteristics, which are represented in the following points:-

  • Shifting from indoctrination to interaction and from knowledge and information transfer models to directed education.
  • It relies heavily on thinking, skills, creativity and speed of learning.
  • It works to encourage active student interaction and participation
  • Paying attention to knowing the problems facing the teacher and the learner, studying and discussing them as part of the education process.
  •  Supporting the student and providing ways of interaction and mutual communication for him.
  • Creating multiple and varied levels of interaction, in addition to encouraging and stimulating active learning.

Advantages and benefits of digital learning

The benefits of digital learning are represented in the following points:

  • Creating educational systems in line with the rapid global developments.
  • Providing opportunities for everyone to self-learning or distance learning.
  • Developing communication skills and facilitating communication between the parties involved in the education process.
  • Providing various and multiple sources of information in various fields and academic disciplines and presenting them in distinct and easy ways.
  • Developing the student’s skills in self-learning, self-reliance and acquisition of personal skills.

What is the difference between digital education and e-learning?
Opinions differed about each of them, and many people think that they are synonymous with the other, but each has its own concept, as the fundamental difference between e-learning and digital education lies in the type of technology and tool used for teaching and learning.
It is worth noting that both of them are distance learning methods. You should also know that there is a difference between the process of teaching and learning. Everything that e-learning sites offer is education, while learning is the occurrence of change and development in human behavior, skills and experiences.
If the tool used for learning is television, analog radio, DVDs and audio recordings, this is called e-learning.
E-learning or virtual education
It is teaching and learning that takes place and takes place in an electronic environment that relies entirely on the use of electronic technology of various types, such as audio recordings, radio, television, DVD video, computer, and the Internet, as these tools are among the electronic educational media.
It relies on it to provide educational content with all its skills, tests and activities to achieve the required educational goals, with simultaneous or asynchronous communication between the parties to the educational process (student and teacher).
E-learning refers to training courses that take place entirely on the Internet, where the student and teacher do not meet face to face through it, as it is a means of distance education and many consider it synonymous with it.
Dealing and communication between the parties takes place through email, chats or forums and video conferencing, which some organizations define as a fully web-based session.
digital education
Digital education is a general term that includes any type of teaching and learning that takes place and takes place in a digital environment and depends entirely on the use of various types of digital technology and tools such as digital devices, smart boards and the Internet.
In providing the educational content with all its skills, tests and activities to achieve the educational goals required of it, with simultaneous or asynchronous communication between the parties to the educational process (student and teacher).
Digital education includes students who pursue educational courses online, and also includes people who pursue their various researches online.
students watching online videos in classrooms and teachers by using digital tools such as tablets and smart boards.
 Any educational course that relies on digital tools is one of the types of digital education, so it is not limited to the Internet only, as it is found in schools and universities, and through it the teacher and students meet face to face.
What are the modern digital education trends?

There are several recent trends aimed at developing the digital education system, including:
Digital technology help for education
The use of digital technology in education is the practice of education processes with the help of tools or digital technology. It is a method and means of learning that is used by students while practicing some activities such as:
  • effective educational programmes
  • digital games
  • Computer simulation
Management of digital technology for education
In this type, digital technology plays the role of the supervising director of education operations, which is represented in an educational environment that combines study materials, teachers, and students, such as:
  • Submission of exams
  • lecturing
  • Receive questions and receive assignments
Management of digital systems for education
 What is known as cloud computing has appeared, and it is an inexpensive and somewhat convenient way to provide various training programs for students via the Internet.
Education related to digital technology
This trend is represented in books on computer science and information technology, whose content deals with several specialized topics in the field such as computer design, programming, and databases.