Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Digital Learning and Sustainable Development

  • Sara Becker
  • Daniel OttoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_374



Digital Learning: In the literature, there is quite a variety of definitions and conceptualizations of teaching and learning with the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet: E-Learning, Online-Learning, Blended Learning, and Mobile Learning – at first sight, all these notions seem to be more or less synonyms. But it is useful to differentiate between these different concepts in order to understand all the facets of digital learning:

E-Learning: The early understanding of E-Learning (nowadays called: E-Learning 1.0) is the provision of digitalized learning materials (e.g., PDFs) by teachers via a Learning Management System (e.g., Moodle or Blackboard). Learners use digitalized learning materials for their rather isolated learning process. Communication and collaboration are not constitutive for this very basic form...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Cultural and Social SciencesFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Distance Studies of Environmental SciencesFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK