I think the question of how digital learning and the Internet is changing the way we educate and learn is perhaps one of the key investigations of our generation. Many of my students have done papers on some aspect of this topic, and they have uncovered some fascinating evidence. Some of the most exciting information involves studies which examine:
How does reading on a screen differ from reading from a print page?
Do people retain as much information from a video as from a live lecture?
Does online interaction with classmates and an instructor increase participation, especially of less extroverted students?
Does digital learning equal the playing field for underrepresented groups?
How can digital learning help people in developing nations catch up with people in developed nations?
Does digital learning help or hinder important skills like critical thinking?
How should traditional education change to keep up with digital learning?
Are students with no access to computers in the classroom (traditional learning) learning more than those who have constant access via iPads or computers?
Which is better, school-supplied digital devices or having students bring their own computer from home (assuming those without computers are supplied a school computer)?