Topic 1: Introduction

Digital Learning Resources refer to materials included in the context of a course that support the learner’s achievement of the described learning goals (Epigeum, 2019). There are many types of digital learning resources, such as digital video, digital audio, multimedia software, learning sites, learning management systems, computer simulations, online discussions, and databases (Yang, 2014).

Higher education includes a wide range of digital learning resources including multimedia materials, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs), as well as video micro-courses online. Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright and have been licensed under an open license, allowing free access, use, re-purpose, adaptation, and redistribution (UNESCO, 2019 as cited in Huang, 2020b).

Learning is becoming more accessible, engaging, and contextualized thanks to digital resources. When learners engage in online learning activities, however, we need to consider how to choose suitable digital learning resources (Huang et al., 2020b).