When we move the locus of education from the classroom environment to the digital environment, we move the student experience to one in which design matters a great deal. Design, here, refers to the field of graphic design and industrial design – where aesthetics and function merge.
Consumer applications tend to offer more sophisticated design quality than education applications. Slowly, but surely, these tools are finding their way into digital higher education. More platforms now support Google docs, and offer Facebook and Twitter integration, for example. This may raise the overall standards for design in digital higher ed.