Digital Learning Cameron Curry

Digital Learning is a new approach to learning that is becoming increasingly popular in modern society with the introduction and expansion of the world wide web as it's audience grows with the amount of users who access the internet increasing exponentially daily from children to the elderly.

There are a number of online learning tools that are widely and openly available for anyone to use with access to the internet including Khan Academy and Coursera
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan with a goal of creating an accessible place for people to be educated. The organization produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos.
"Khan Academy's website is a wrapper for videos which are hosted on YouTube. The website is meant to be used as a supplement to its videos, because it includes other features such as progress tracking, practice exercises, and teaching tools. The material can also be accessed through mobile applications. The videos show a recording of drawings on an electronic blackboard, which are similar to the style of a teacher gives a lecture. The narrator describes each drawing and how they relate to the material being taught."

-Directly covers three of the four learning styles: Reading, Visual and Auditory

-Tutorials split into a topic per video

-Videos are concise emphasising on the use of key words, explaining these

-Third party tools recommended by Khan Academy to aid with learning

-Avatar learning system attracts younger ages to learn as part of a learning "game"

-Colour coded system is engaging and helps with navigation through the site

- Not a great amount of interaction from the learner which may affect information retention due to a lack of engagement resulting in the learner losing concentration

-Series of videos continue were learner left off last time as one continuous lesson split into sections allowing the learner to split their learning time up

Coursera is a venture-backed, for-profit, educational technology company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera works with universities and other organizations to make some of their courses available online.
"Coursera courses last approximately four to ten weeks, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. These courses provide quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, and sometimes a final project or exam. Courses are also provided on-demand, in which case users can take their time in completing the course with all of the material available at once. As of May 2015 Coursera offered 104 on-demand courses."

- Information and courses are published by lecturers from top international universities

- Website is organised with subjects and furthermore topics

- Courses require some detailed previous knowledge to understand tutorials

- Courses are more interactive and require the learner to complete exercises

- Some courses are fee based to complete

- Coursera offer to those who complete their courses the applicable certification for employment purposes

- Coursera courses are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, German, Italian

-Coursera is able to cover all four learning types with lectures appealing to audio and visual learners, the quizzes and exercises then appealing to reading/writing and kinaesthetic learners

From using both learning tools, as a learner who learns best by reading/writing and kinaesthetically, I have found Khan Academy a lot more useful in helping me with my college studies.

This is because I have used the tutorials that Khan Academy demonstrates in mathematical problems and applying these to mathematical problems I have been assigned to solve.

However in preference to learning to understand a new subject that I had little experience in I'd expect to find Coursera more effective due to the amount of interactivity with "milesone" quizzes having to be completed throughout the duration of each course.

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