I have heard mixed reviews about online learning with some saying it’s “not as good” while others love being able to work at their own pace. For some time I was a skeptic, but through my own experience I have come to truly appreciate online learning and I think it’s a great option for moms in college.
In 2010 I returned to school part time after suffering from depression. Due to my illness I was not comfortable with being in class, nor did I have the confidence it took to do so. I decided to “try out” an online course just to get my feet wet. At first I was anxious, but very soon I came to enjoy the class because I didn’t have the stress of being among people while learning. I needed this experience at this particular time in my life. My first online class went very well so I decided to try another the next semester. Once again, it proved to be an excellent way to learn in a comfortable environment. Eventually I started attending on campus classes, but I know that this experience gave me the confidence I needed in order to fully immerse myself in a classroom.
Fast forward to fall 2013: During the first week of the semester I was ready to go with three on campus classes and one online. I was really excited and anxious because it was my first semester on a new campus since transferring. However, life happens and it happened to my family rather abruptly. By week two of the semester my husband was in the hospital with a serious illness and I was wrestling with “what do I do?” If I can say only one thing about the value of online learning it would be that it is there for the student. In saying that I mean, it is not fixed to a set time or place and can be attended regardless of what life hands you. In my case, I was able to drop two of my on-campus classes when two gracious professors added me to their online courses. Online learning assisted me in persevering in college during a difficult time.
I know some of you may be skeptical as well, but I want to encourage you to consider the online learning community. Education is brought to you, wherever you may be and that is of incredible value. It gives you an opportunity to explore your interests in college without going too far outside your comfort zone. For moms, especially, it allows you to raise your children while obtaining an education. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty valuable!
Have you taken a class online? I would love to hear about your experiences!