Let’s just cut to the chase.
There have been many different studies showing that almost all Universities except for the Super 25 IT universities are behind the curb when it comes to Information Technology, Computer Science and Other technologies such as Game Development.
Most universities are up to 5 years behind the current technological threshold and most of the greatest innovations in technology have come from those who did not hold any formal academic qualifications…or little off.
The internet is an abundance of resources. It is so huge and full of information at this point that the only time that one would need to go to University or seek out tertiary education; is when the information is legally sensitive and limited (such as when one would study medicine)
In a matter of fact, Artificial Intelligence experts believe that human beings will be obsolete within the next 15 years because the robots that will be acquiring information will be doing so while plugged into the internet.
Even courses such as Udemy are pretty pointless and while they are convenient and some are really good, most of the information that is acquired can be acquired as simply by doing a google search.
Information in IT should never be standardized. This is a fundamental flaw that corporates are continuing to seek out like 1980’s retroheads. They are stuck in the past and put more merit on a piece of paper then an individual’s capabilities which is best measured by the products that they produce, the services that they provide, of which almost all can be acquired from the internet unless the job is specifically physical and requires more then theory to enter into the field.
I am one of those people who felt that my Tertiary Level educators where behind when it came to problem solving culture and thus for this reason I dropped out of University and began acquiring knowledge using specifically the internet. This was before eLearning was popular and before PHP was even available as a course in my country’s institutions … for this reason I have usually stayed a head of the curve.
Now there are different types of people in this world. You get those that need a leader sitting above them and telling them what to do every day of their lives and then you get those who are true leaders and anti establishment.
In the long run, these are the guys that succeed. The world of Computer science is cutting edge and the majority of the money made out of it is cutting edge.
Most Computer Science graduates end up being forced into low paid apprenticeships and training courses well into the first 2 years of employment after graduation ( simply because that which is being taught to them is not current)
The only real advantage of going to University for most people is that they make the contacts that will help them to generate business in the future. Networking is a natural part of University, but the realities are that in the real world, one can manage their own human networking potential in many other different ways.
Again, simply turning to the internet can have several great advantages and websites such as meetup.com lead the way for personal human networking on a physical premise.
I am the perfect example of someone that has made a living without worrying about establishment. I spend most of my time working from a laptop in my home or at a coffee shop, with Skype conferencing and facebook as a business aid. I work with various CRM’s and other online SAAS technologies to remain location independent and profitable.
I have nobody telling me what to do and I choose the work that I take based on that which I enjoy.
I study every single day, at-least an hour a day, beginning from my teenage years.
I was ahead of the game, but there are now many that are now finally following in my footsteps (and those like me)
Interestingly enough the first world is the first to blame for those stuck in the past. It is a funny thing really, that eastern countries and Africans general acquire technical skills online at a larger rate then those who live in the first world.
This is fundamentally the case because many of these countries are so poor that they do not have the money to go to University or even acquire the basics of Tertiary educations via any other means.
This makes corporates angry because they seek to control and furthermore online autodidact education gives power to those who are not of the same class brackets to shine bright from a server near you. This is particularly upsetting to elitists.
Much of the same argument can be applied to Game Development. Game Development is Largely an art form and there are hundreds of stories, if not thousands, that prove that even young teenagers can earn a living making video games. Most of these kids interested in video game programming don’t have the patience to wait for University before they create a game.
They start out young, using what? The internet.
Slowly the world is changing and voices are given to people that are capable -based on their merit and not their Harvard degree.
This is important because it takes control away from elitist monopoly capital. We have already seen many a corporate go down swinging due to disruptive technologies and there have been many studies based on these new educational trends.
In fact, Universities often form poor habits in technological genres. I truly see Computer Science as something creative and something that can advance the human species.
The rule of thumb in Computer Science is that if something has been standardized it is often the case that it is potentially obsolete.
So guys because of all the hate that I have received from University students on social media I decided to extend this little post further to demonstrate a few of the circumstances that have surrounded this post.
- People started attempting to test my level of education from a huge spectrum of different genre’s… From philosophy to mathematics and economics. I responded by testing them back on subjects that I know about outside the scope of their skill sets as individuals on social media…As expected, many did not know what I was talking about because they themselves had not studied that specific skillset…
- I then, on many of those topics, quickly linked references to thick and deep explanations to their questions further enforcing the fact that those answers were at the end of my finger tips. Somehow, I was put down for googling? This is ironic not? I just proved that the information was in-front of me if and when I needed it. But the rage continued.
- I was then challenged on the idea that the lecturers provided focused education and that they were super tough…”beating you down” as such. My response, nothing hits harder then life in the real world and I would rather join forums and online seminars whereby I hear the opinions of hundreds of people instead of Just one lecturer on the subject.
- Another response that I received was that it was not practical to self study because then you would not be able to survive while you are getting your education. My response, how ,many people that go to University have day jobs? At-least I don’t have a massive debt siting above my head, just the cost of my internet line.
- Nobody mentioned the above video…They targeted me specifically.
- There were many other remarks, such as those that don’t go to university write crap code and that I was an idiot troll etc.. etc.. So I decided to compile a list of resources from third party websites and list them here to show the world that I am not the only one doing this…
I don’t agree with everything that has been written in these resources but it is a good starting point for debate
As you can see, there are many different opinions in the above threads, ranging from “we need both” to “being self taught is better” to the different mind sets between self taught developers and formally qualified developers.
I see things a bit more simply. There is no information that you cannot find on the internet. For me, a formal education is pointless, but rethinking things, for others, there may be some advantages.
I guess it comes down to your personal method of studying.
The reality is that people are different , but just to point one thing out; Most serious universities allow you to take many of their courses online from the comfort of your home and provide qualifications as well as free seminars etc..
We are in fact moving deeper into the net whether you like it or not and whether you admit it or not…even if you go to university, most of the knowledge that you are acquiring is being complimented more and more by internet research.
These days, lecturers even cover this in curriculums …and are encouraging more and more people to do online research.
If university is still relevant, it is more for social economic reasons when it comes to IT in my opinion .
But what is it that I like the most about acquiring knowledge on the internet and why does it appeal to me?
Well simply put, you are not forced into a curriculum . You have the freedom to acquire knowledge however you wish.You can be a jack of all trades master of none, like myself ,or you can go balls deep into a topic and become a super guru in the field. Nobody will hold you back if you are not talented in a specific area and there is no bureaucracy in your individual methodologies of acquiring education .
Because of this reason, you can always stay up to date with specific technology as it is released, unlike university, as if you do not pass a specific course, you have to repeat it while the world of tech moves forward without you.
Then there is the fact that because universities have curriculums, these curriculums have to be defined before the year begns.
By default, that means that the year begins outdated… Most universities do not change their main course content more often then every 5 years. Which is why lecturers are have become seemingly like gods to their students as their knowledge base often extends far further then their main teaching premise .
Already, technological growth is moving at such a pace that 3 years after you have received your degree, most of what you have learned is considered old hat and condemned by professionals in your field…unless it is specifically related to universal concepts that take decades to change.
Which means that after university you will be forced into using the internet and by leveraging off of your pears knowledge gain to stay relevant. You cannot drop the ball…business experience and corporate climbing is a separate topic.
With Moore’s Law showing that transistor capacity doubles every 2 years, this means that there is more capacity for technological growth acceleration then ever before and this curve will continue to rise. It is simply not possible for a curriculum to keep up.
And one day, University as we know it will be completely obsolete and be replaced almost entirely by elearning or social learning, as-well as practical studies in the long run.
But then again, you are listening to the opinion of just a hand full of lecturers on specific subjects vs the opinions of thousands on the internet when visiting online seminars, forums or communities.
I choose the net.