The days when you hailed from a rural community where you would have to leave home in order to attend college have, through the advent of broadband, been consigned to the trash can of history.
Other than the desire to experience the social elements of the university student experience, from the perspective of teaching, the emergence of Broadband connections disables the need for almost all physical presence. Research, exams, full participation, and collaboration can all be enabled, with more sponsorship opportunities opened up to help fund your student journey.
Zoom, Teams, Classroom, and other webinar software, powered by a fast broadband connection, have brought the classroom to your bedroom, bathroom, living room, or Garden shed if you want. You can experience the teaching and ask supervisors questions during classes, workshops, or lectures.
With these types of software, interaction with fellow students and teachers can be as seamless as still being in the room. Two-way video and audio allow you to participate fully, make presentations, and enter into group discussions. One-on-one reviews and assessments can also be carried out so that you know where you are performance-wise.
So, whether you live in Los Angeles with a primary internet provider or out in a less populated city, such as Brooks, Kentucky, with a Broadlinc ISP, having a good broadband connection can now open up the whole world to study.
Distance learning has gradually developed since the end of the Second World War, first as correspondence, then through innovative universities such as Open University and the use of Television, to today, where it has finally exploded through access to fast broadband internet connection.
Ease with Which a Student Can Research
With Broadband, just a couple of keystrokes, a flick of your wrist, and a click of the mouse can provide you with all the information you need for your school project.
However, firing up Bing or Google might seem simple to you for research purposes, has complex technology powering it, but more importantly secure and incredibly fast internet connections that form the chain of information that you ultimately benefit from.
Whether the website with the information you require sits on a server in Australia, Germany, or New York, the fact that you can get fast broadband in rural US or any place that has great broadband infrastructure means that you won’t even blink before it arrives on your screen.
Depth of Research
Google stated aim is to digitize and make available online every printed book. It has gone a long way to achieving this and together, with other archives, such as journals, national libraries, and national record offices has provided a depth of material that previous generations just did not have physical access to.
Media, images, and recordings are also part of the digitization process. A complete canopy of material is available for the online researcher. Dedicated tools to filter and access all of this information have also been developed further enhancing access. Whether the repository is on the other side of the world or in the same city, broadband makes access to these repositories fast and simple.
Beyond research, one of the principal benefits of the broadband revolution is that it has provided the opportunity to have an enhanced interconnected student life.
Seamless connection capabilities to initiate contact with fellow students or teachers have significantly enhanced both student-teacher and peer-to-peer relationships. This is true both inside and outside of school, college, or campus.
Broadband ensures no lag and no delay in your capacity to “strike up” a dialogue with WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, Skype, and other apps.
It allows you to feel part or even at the center of student life’s cut and thrust, even if you are hundreds of miles away.
Better communication allows for enhanced collaboration. The capability to trade ideas, build projects, and combine research all becomes possible with lightning-fast broadband.
Documents, video clips, recordings, images, and even books can be streamed or passed between class collaborators. Practicing joint presentations, timing the decision on costumes, and even working out of dance routines, is made possible via the right apps.
Projects, assignments, or classwork can be completed without always the need for face-to-face meetings, which is helpful if you are nursing a hangover or have stayed up to watch a movie past your bedtime.
Connection to Industry
At the college level, the closer you get to working life, the more critical the connection to industry becomes. Sponsorship programs have become a common way to enter and fund a university course. This source of funding has become increasingly important as the price of a degree and the cost of survival as a student skyrockets
Broadband allows a broader option of universities to be considered both by firms and students. More specific courses that reflect on the future role in your chosen industry become available. Communication between the student and the sponsor becomes much easier as progress can be tracked and problems and concerns raised in real-time.
Broadband has revolutionized access to class, material, and resources for most students. Whether distance learning or partaking in physical lessons or lectures, it has made the power to learn far more accessible than it was for previous generations.
Library visits are as much online as the traditional dusty environments of old, and while there will always be reasons for accessing physical books, the majority of the material is available in just a few clicks.
Collaboration and connection are both enriched by the ability to strike up a conversation with tutors or peers whether you are in your bedroom, Garden, or across the globe. Rural life is no longer a barrier to student life.