To me, education isn’t just something that I get when I go to school, but a life-long process that I will never complete. I’m constantly looking for other material to study, and with the rise of the internet, there are a whole bunch of resources available to me.
I believe that the internet is the future of education, which is why more and more people are taking online courses. Some of the benefits of online courses include:
- Working at your own pace
- The ability to pause and rewind lectures to fully understand the content
- The ability to expand upon your source material using the power of the internet
Why I Love Learning Online
When I took my first online course, I found myself frustrated, as I felt that there was no concrete direction for me to go in my studies. However, this frustration eventually disappeared, and I have now fully embraced online learning.
The open-ended nature and self-governance involved in online learning has actually allowed me to be a whole lot more free in my studies. Rather than simply learning what the curriculum teaches me, I’m able to expand the scope of understanding I have for a subject all on my own.
College is very expensive, and so I haven’t been able to afford to take in-person college courses for every single subject I want to learn about. Thankfully, there are a number of universities that have made specific courses available online for free.
These aren’t just courses from universities that you’ve never heard of, but they’re actually courses from elite universities. While you’ll have to find the reading materials all on your own and you won’t have papers or tests graded by a professor, being able to access the lectures for free is something that has been essential in expanding my knowledge without having to go further into debt.
The Time Needed to Survive
I found that going to school full-time simply wouldn’t have been plausible for me. Most of the in-person courses that I wanted to take had classes during the day, and I have to work in order to eat.
Thankfully, online courses have given me the time that I’ve needed in order to work and go to school full-time. I’m living comfortably while getting my education instead of being your typical starving student.
Is This the Future of Education?
In-person courses are definitely great, and you can get a good level of interaction with the professor that is difficult to do online as of right now. However, that doesn’t mean that this will always be the case.
As technology evolves, it’s very likely that it will become affordable to make college lectures fully interactive remotely. If this is the case, then we could be looking at a future that will make education more popular to do from your laptop than from a brick and mortar building.
Either way, I’m excited to see where higher education will go in the future and I’m on board for whatever leaps are coming.