Is the internet making university obsolete?

Is the internet making university obsolete?

I have been reading about this topic a lot lately and seeing it popping up various places. Not only that but many of my university friends are speaking and posting about this as well.

So the question is, will universities become obsolete soon? Or better yet, is the internet making university obsolete?

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I somehow doubt this. Yes it is true that vast amounts of so called free on-line universities have been appearing lately, as well as on-line paid universities. Also the internet contains a wealth of information that people are choosing to self-educate themselves with.

However, I believe that many are too set in their old ways and traditions (and those of their parents), for the traditional physical campus university to die out any time in the near future. I could be wrong. Only time will tell.

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The overall free knowledge acquirable over the internet is making all forms of university studies old fashioned and out dated. At least that is what many people are arguing. Most still prefer having some physical proof of their “knowledge” though. Something tangible like a university degree/diploma that they can frame. Others like the campus based university experience. How often do we hear our friends and family talk about their university years as being “the best days of their life”?

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I must say that I personally find the ideas of self education and free education (online) very appealing. Just do an internet search and you will see what I am talking about. Even just reading up on all the options is more fun than sitting in a boring classroom. Plus imagine studying in your free time only. You could earn money by day and study at night. It all does sound great, but I wonder if these trends will be picking up any time soon.

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The rumours going around concerning so called self-education and free on-line education, is that these will soon become the preferred methods of “studying”. Most young people say this is due to factors such as, poor service delivery, horrid study conditions and the overall high cost of university studies. Some even feel they shouldn’t be paying for something that does not guarantee a higher salary, or even a job these days.

Both forms of studying hold great appeal for very different reasons. But, as I said above, I really think it is highly unlikely that “self-education” and on-line universities (both free and paid for), will be taking over the traditional university any time soon.  How does the saying go, “old habits die hard” (Franklin). What do you think?


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Edit: I recently found and tried, which is a website on which anyone can enrol for fairly cheap courses about virtually anything you can think of. Field experts are in charge of creating the courses.

You will even find some free courses in the prospective fields you choose to explore. This website is a good example of a “self educating” resource that many people make use of. Why not try Udemy out for yourself and let us know what you think about internet education? Especially when comparing it to your university studies. ACKYS 2017.

Note: This is truly such an interesting topic, so I have decided I will keep researching it for future postings. It is also incidentally the post I get the post feedback on from readers.

Since I wrote this piece back in 2016 so much has changed worldwide. More and more young people are opting to skip studies to try and make their fortunes online or via app creation. Others are turning to social media for fame.

Also, more and more free online courses and resources are popping up at a vast rate. As the world is changing, so is the way we choose to educate ourselves it seems. Keep checking back because there will most definitely be new postings regarding this. You can all count on it! ACKYS 2018.


10 thoughts on “Is the internet making university obsolete?

  1. I think all universities and formal studies of any kind are already obsolete because they don't equip a person for real life and real situations.

  2. What about medical studies? I think those equip people/students for real life situations? Surely you cannot operate on someone or give them medical advice without formal training?

  3. Maybe you can. Operate and give medical advice without studying that is. You could learn all that on the internet too I'm sure and someone could develop an operation type game in which you learn how to do various operations for example. I also don't see the need for studies. I completed a masters degree quite a while ago in a field I never even practised in. That degree has not helped me even once and was just a waste of money.

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