Characteristics of Digitalization In Online Learning

By: Mano Wared

Dr. Martin Hilbert

CMN 170 V

Nov 6, 2016

 Characteristics of Digitalization In Online Learning

Online Learning

"Glossary of Terms - Digital Learning Department @ OSPI." Glossary of Terms - Digital Learning Department @ OSPI. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, n.d. Web. 6 November 2016.

What is an online course?

An "online course" means a course, or grade-level course work, in which:

More than half of the course content is delivered electronically using the internet or other computer-based methods.

More than half of the teaching is conducted from a remote location through an online course learning management system or other online or electronic tools.

A certificated teacher has the primary responsibility for the student's instructional interaction pertaining to the online course. 

Primary responsibility means the teacher is the principal individual who provides instructional interactions that may include, but are not limited to, direct instruction, review of assignments, assessment, testing, progress monitoring, and educational facilitation; and

Students have access to the teacher synchronously, asynchronously, or both.

Digital Footprint and Online Learning

Digital footprint, as stated by Dr, Hilbert in lecture, is whatever shared online and left behind, so since everything that is shared online is very difficult to remove, online courses and their shared material are hard to delete and will most likely stay online forever also.

One important property of digital footprint is that it is very easy to create. As in online courses, there are many tools that are available for teachers and college professors to make such courses. Another property is that information is always physical, which is demonstrated by the professors or teachers who are creating the online classes. Furthermore, this is not necessary a bad thing, compared to shared personal profiles, but it is a very reflective example of digital footprint. This characteristic       

It is very important to note that digital footprint has made it easier for generations to come to learn the shared online courses. For example, there will always be shared material of our online course (CMN 170V), and people who would be seeking to learn from the lectures will always be able to access them. 

Timeless Time and Online Learning 

The fact that online courses are in asynchronous and synchronous at the same time makes online learning very important.

1. this characteristic makes it easier for students to access and work on their online courses at anytime.  

2. Since this information can be available for generation to come to explore, teachers do not have to re-upload the material of the courses everytime they teach them.  

 Death of Distance and Online Learning

Definition: geographical distance doesn't really matter for the information that travels at the speed of light.


This characteristic, in my opinion, is the most important of the rest of the properties, for it makes online learning to spread. For example, a person who lives in Dubai can sign up for an online course that is offered at Harvard University here in the United States.

In conclusion, the characteristics of digitization are well summed in online learning. Because of such achievement, the shared information will always be available to those who seek education. Furthermore, the online access at anytime made it possible for more students to attend college and even at a lower cost, such as saving the transportation money.

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