HOW IS THE FORM OF UNIVERSITY CHANGING?
At the moment, it is only possible to do short courses on the internet to improve your qualifications and education. But in the future, it could be possible to do a full university course online and get a full degree upon completing the course.
Universities are starting to realise that there is a high demand for online University courses from people all over the world. It is likely that they will make their courses more flexible so that people from all countries – wherever they are located or whatever their background – have to opportunity to become educated with them.
HOW WOULD ONLINE COURSES WORK TECHNICALLY?
The technology to set up online courses already exists. Students would learn on computers and take an exam managed and supervised by the university using a webcam. This is a small camera that can be attached to a computer so that the other person can see you. Students that pass this exam will then receive a full degree.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE COURSES?
Online courses would be valuable and useful for many people around the world. There are many benefits of online courses:
- Becoming educated will cost less money with courses being conducted online. Online university courses will be less expensive than taking university courses on campus. They will help people with limited funds get an education.
- Location will no longer be a problem. Education will be easier to access for everyone. People will be able to get an education, even if they live far away.
- They will help people who already have jobs and families, but who would like to become more educated or qualified. Doing online courses means that people can stay at home with their families. The hours will also be more flexible and take less time, so people can still do their jobs and make money.