Even a generation ago, a college education was something that was simply out of reach for many people who couldn’t afford the expensive costs of seeking a degree. With the rise of high-speed Internet and other telecommunication technology, however, a top-notch education has become available to a much wider pool of students. Here are just a few ways that technology is changing education, and why a university education may soon become inseparable from technological innovation.
1. A Wealth of Online Classes
50 years ago, the notion that a person could log onto a home computer and take classes from top-ranked schools such as Harvard, MIT, and Yale would have been the stuff of science fiction. With more and more universities offering classes and even degrees online, however, students are no longer limited by distance or cost for what they choose to study. With Ivy League classes just a button click away, technology has certainly changed our notions of learning new skills.
2. New Subjects to be Studied
As technological advancements in computing change our world, more and more capable people are needed to develop the high-tech applications and programs that make the world run. Indeed, computer science and computer engineering graduates has some of the greatest employment rates in the world, and the growth of such subjects is largely down to the increasing centrality of technology to daily life.
3. Access to Study Materials
Unless you happened to live near your university’s book depository 20 years ago, you were probably stuck purchasing whatever textbooks you could get your hands on at prices that were through the roof. Nowadays, however, booksellers are competing to provide textbooks to students at discount prices, meaning that getting a better deal on books for school is easier than ever. And with Internet connections providing access to library holdings across the world, studying cutting edge information has never been easier!
For these reasons, technology is changing the nature of education in big ways; whether it’s through the use of the “digital classroom” or via the ease with which new students can access study materials, it looks like technology has made the world a more welcoming place for students across the globe. For a new generation of scholars, the future looks very bright indeed.
Originally published at www.bebee.com.