Digital thinking for L&D 101: Media-rich experiences

When I was planning this guide I wrestled with adding a section on media because television was invented way back in 1928,  and the radio in 1895. Media is not new. Then again, television and radio where analogue technologies, not digital. Digital technology transformed media in two ways:

Media became cheaper and easy to produce – we all now have a video camera in our pocket.

It’s now easy to distribute media.


In this section, we’ll look at digital technology and also explore virtual reality and augmented reality.

Humans are sensory beings. We engage with the world through our senses: sight, hearing, touch. On the other hand, digital technologies are abstract. They work with symbols, for instance, the rules and data that we talked about before. Digital technologies are not primarily physical (more on that later) and so adding media makes digital experiences more captivating to us. Media engages our senses and makes digital technologies less abstract.  

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