Published On: Sun, Sep 20th, 2015

Distance learning: a bright future for tech

Only two decades ago, the world was a dark and internet-less place – and studying for a degree was like being in the stone ages.

You’d have to head to the library, search through actual catalogues of books, read from the page (no search functions here!) and attend lectures like some kind of unrefined ape.


Distance learning- a bright future for tech

In this age of abacuses and Amstrads the world might as well have been in black and white. Studying was behind the times.

But we’re living in as new era – and a renaissance in the advancement of learning

The internet has changed university life for the better. In fact, now you don’t even have to change out of your pyjamas to begin a full day’s cramming.

With the prevalence of the net in our day-to-day lives, even the methods of obtaining a degree have grown simpler.

Degrees for professionals

Working professionals have become increasingly involved in further education, with vocational courses expanding into the business centre. Diversity hat become the watchword when it comes to courses, which encapsulate everything from leadership skills to project management.

Distance learning life has become the equivalent to an apprenticeship, giving you the chance to learn a specific set of skills without having to leave your job.

Indeed, we’re beyond life on campus. The great bastions of learning have moved online.

Want a data centre course that will get you a promotion? Head online. Searching for a degree in leadership? It’s time to hit the net. Learning has become a bottomless well for anyone with a voracious appetite for knowledge.

A convenient scholar

Convenience is the key. Beyond a university’s own supply of digital resources, you can check JSTOR, Google Books and Scholar, and thousands more websites for journals and articles on the subject of your choice.

Beyond a standard degree, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available for those unwilling to shell out for a bona fide qualification.

MOOCs are free courses run by universities which will give you a grounding in the subject of your choice. Creating group forums to discuss the subject, you might even find people with similar interests!

The downside to a MOOC, however, is that you won’t end your course with an official qualification.

Most people use MOOCs as a course sampler, allowing you to try before you buy, so to speak, before you purchase a full course. And it’s a choice that would’ve been unthinkable only a decade ago.

When you’re trapped in a job that feels lacking in progression, a distance learning degree online is the ultimate solution. So give it a look!

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.