The Rise and Development of Digital Education

Weller, Martin (2022). The Rise and Development of Digital Education. In: Zawacki-Richter, Olaf and Jung, Insung eds. Handbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education. Singapore: Springer, pp. 1–17.



Over the past 25 years, digital education has risen to prominence. It has a direct relationship with open education, which can be considered an umbrella term. In this chapter the rise of digital education is explored through five specific educational technologies. These technologies – the web, Learning Management System (LMS), blogs, social media, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – all raise issues of control and ease of use. They also have a direct impact on different aspects of open education, which in turn helps inform their development. This chapter sets out the multiple interpretations of open education and their overlap with digital education. By then exploring five educational technologies, common themes are extracted which highlight this intersection of digital and open education.

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