While this article from the BBC doesn’t really reveal anything new, it still should provoke some afterthought:
- Computer equipment ages incredibly fast. You can still drive a car that is ten years old (I don’t) or watch tv on a set made fourteen years ago (I do) but a computer built in 2000 is soooo 20th Century. The cost of purchasing and especially maintaining it-equipment is often underestimated by decision-makers.
- Usually teachers know less about computers and internet resources than students do. Even if we introduce state-of-the-art technologies, bells and whistles included, there is no guarantee university teachers will be able to use them. And as qualifications (as in: “things that will give you a payrise”) in the university system means publishing in journals and grabbing patents, well – go figure.