There is a constant notion we accuse computers or digital devices with is ‘isolation’. This can be very prominently dismissed now as even our grandparents are a part of online social networks, commenting on our updates. This human-to-human collaboration is what digitization has brought, making distances smaller and interactions richer. Benefiting the digital learning and ensures 100% participation of students for online classroom courses or interaction. One gets access to people from various communities, ideologies, and background. Communicating, bringing a richer learning experience. For example, your CAT preparation could be easier as now you can know which method is best for faster calculations for larger digit multiplications, even though there is the data on it online. You have a live feedback!
If we expand the horizon of anytime anywhere access and collaboration, we encounter yet another benefit of digital student portals: Digital Archives. When collaboration over a posted conversation takes place, students start uploading their data or notes onto the portals. This gives rise to archives. Students led by teachers in today’s classrooms use a growing range of web 2.0 applications to share and publish relevant academic material. The work is produced for an authentic audience and has better validation in forms of comments and replies. In this way, a library is created that is not restricted by space or topic but a global archive to help any student achieve their goals.
Collaboration and digital archives inevitably give rise to communities of online learners – that breathes life into educators and student careers and interests. The experience often begins by joining a discussion or signing into a portal, then contributing to it, getting inspired or being challenged and then sharing notes and being seen as an inspired in that very segment. The vitality with which interactions and discussions happen is extremely contagious and is a gift to the student community. Especially when one is studying for an exam and needs a quick tip or two!