College - online or in class?

@DJ9020 (1596)
United States
September 25, 2007 11:41pm CST
My daughter is having her baby in December. She wants to stay home for a year and take college classes on line while she takes care of the baby. I'm all for her taking some classes, but I also think she needs to go to the college and take at least one or two classes. To me, college education is more than just passing the classes. It is the type of people you meet at college. I know she wants to take care of her baby, but I'll be home during the day to help, so I want her to get out of the house some. So, what do you think? Online or in class?
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@coolmailraj (2461)
• India
26 Sep 07
Hi. Definitely being to the class is better than being on the net, but in the case of your daughter it is not as simple, is it? I mean she is going to have a baby and taking care of your baby is the first preference for anyone, so let her decide.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I do want her to be the baby as much as she can, but after a few months I think she'll need to get out and with some poeple more her own age. Plus, I think it will let her meet - not to be prejuidiced - a better class of people. People who are trying to better themselves and do something with their lives.
@resuab (265)
• United States
27 Sep 07
i have both types of classes and i have to say, if u want flexibility, then online classes is definitely the best way, seeing as how theres a baby to take care of. but to get more contact with people and get out of the house going to classes also lets u ask questions personally and get to know people which enables people to work together on things
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
1 Oct 07
My thoughts exactly! Thanks.
@talisman (1308)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I think she should take her college classes online. Once you have a child, the child comes first. You no longer have time to be selfish. A college education is very important, but if she wanted to take classes in class, she shouldn't have gotten pregnant. A baby needs their mother for the majority of the time, not their grandmother. You should just be happy that she's actually continuing with her higher education. A lot of people don't after after having children, which is why having your education, a stable job, a stable relationship, a sound financial situation, and more are recommended before having kids.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Yes, we've both agreed that the baby comes first, and thats why she wants to take her first few classes online. But, after that, after the baby is a few months old, I would like her to go to classes, reconnect with people in the real world!
@Stiletto (4597)
26 Sep 07
I've done it both ways, attended college classes and studied by distance learning, and I have to say I think it's best to combine the two if possible. I found it pretty tough learning something completely on my own without any interaction with other students. It's not just for the social side of it - although I think in your daughter's case that would be an important factor - but it's often good to exchange ideas with other people and it often helps to make learning easier. Maybe once she starts doing it online she will change her mind and want to mix with other people occasionally.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I would like to see a combination. Maybe when she first starts to get a couple of basic courses on line, but then take some of the harder ones in class. Thanks for your answer.
@paychecks (104)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I personally take online classes because I work a full-time job and have a daughter. My classes online are through a school that does offer on campus classes so I do not include the fact that I take online classes on my resume or anything because I know some places look down on online education. I have my associates already through traditional on campus classes but considering my circumstances now I knew online classes would be best. I personally think online classes can be sometimes harder because you are really on your own to do your work and do not have a lot of supervision and a teacher right then and there to answer your questions but in some of my classes it is a breeze. So it depends on your daughter's schedule but I would suggest her going to a school that offers both online and on campus classes then she can make her choice from there.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Thanks. Now, in your situation, I can see doing the online courses. When you get your transcript, does it specify if the courses were online or on campus?
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 07
Well at the moment I can see her point and I think you should let her try online maybe after a few a Months she might want to start taking Classes you don't know but you know what it is like with a first Baby Let her decide and back her all the way I will suggest that is what I would do Hugs and I hope it works for the best either way
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
27 Sep 07
Thanks. She does have my support, I just don't want her to retreat into the house. This has been a very stressful situation for her, and I don't want her to pull back from life outside the house.
• United States
26 Sep 07
I have taken college courses online, and also at a college. There are benefits to an online education as well, but you have to be cautious. Most employers wont recognize your online courses unless they are from a credited school. It is definately more convienient to study from home, but if you can do both home and school you should.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Yes, she wants to take courses from the local college, so they are accredited. I just think she needs to get out of the house and meet other college students.
• United States
27 Sep 07
In college is the way to do it. Online classes are often times scams from online 'universities'. While real brick and mortar colleges do offer online courses, I think for most people the in classroom experience is much more worthwhile and students are more likely to be motivated, get their work done, and do well.
• United States
27 Sep 07
Hi DJ, I agree with you about being out and socializing with people from her classes and things. Thats important, but it really all depends on how your daughter learns something. That would really be up to her to take all her classes online, most colleges will allow that, even though your right near the college and could easily attend. I did it when I was in college, not all but a few that I couldnt fit into my schedule. I think she should try just one class online first and then if she likes it and she feels she was able to learn the material then go on to take more. Ive also taken a whole course online, and I found it easier to learn because I chose when to do it, not when an instructor and a schedule told me too. But I also think you have to be VERY disciplined to do this. Let her decide what she feels like doing. I wish her the best of luck in whatever she chooses! Bay xx