Who Says This?

“When my son or daughter grows up, I want them to go to an on-line university. That’s where they will be challenged to reach their full potential.”

9 thoughts on “Who Says This?

  1. I doubt anyone would say this for anything less than sending their children to an Ivy League school. Opportunity is all relative – a more fair comparison would be:

    “When my son or daughter grows up, I want them to go to an on-line university. That’s where they will be challenged to reach their full potential and escape from poverty / gain skills I never had the opportunity to learn / be stably employed and not have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.”

    • Hi Tim:

      I couldn’t disagree more. If challenging you to reach your full potential can only happen at an Ivy League school, then everyone else is getting cheated. I didn’t go to an Ivy League school and I was plenty challenged and didn’t have to break the bank. You don’t get out of your comfort zone in an on-line university. You get convenience. And you pay MORE for it not less– those on-line schools aren’t cheaper and plenty of kids from low socio-economic backgrounds go to IVY league schools for free.

      • Not everyone has the knowhow or forsight to pursue federal / school assistance. Kahn Academy, Udemy and other free MOOCs are creating opportunity for those who never could have had the chance to go to college, let alone an Ivy league (free or not). I’m with you on degree mills like University of Pheonix, but for those in challenging situations gaining an education through MOOCs I’m sure their parents would be proud.

  2. I could see this working, but only for an associates degree. I know I would want my child to graduate from a 4 year University but if I was tight on cash and I knew my kid had a good shot of getting in after 2 years at an internet community college than I would consider the idea.

  3. Comment on Facebook from Jennifer Schneider (NCAS): “I do think some parents just want their child to get a degree and may not know all of his or her options…

    We need to spend time, energy, and money educating families of children who will be first generation college students of their options and the academic and developmental benefits of attending brick and mortar institutions. Not to mention the financial benefit!”

  4. Comment on Facebook from Laura Crisan:

    “Not all families have money for tuition, books, room/board, and additional living expenses to send their kids away to college. And even commuting can get expensive for those students that live at home.

    The reality is that between all the streaming video, mixed mode, and testing lab options offered, UCF-CBA is practically an online school anyway.”

    • Laura:

      If you choose, the UCF-CBA experience should consist of a variety of engagements. The essence of the college experience is the opportunity to sit next to faculty, other students, and guest speakers who have interesting things to say and have conversations that change how you view the world and your role in it.

      Some of these encounters will be both inconvenient and difficult, requiring students to get out of their comfort zones. While mixed modes, lecture capture and testing centers can help extend a faculty member’s reach, these methods shouldn’t be confused with substituting for the face to face personal interactions and shared experiences that change lives.

  5. Unfortunately, I believe in the future we will have a good share of individuals that will sympathize with your statement Dean. Those are individuals that think a degree is simply a piece of paper and nothing more. Add to the mix that on-line schools have some very interesting TV commercials and they are indirectly planting the seed on future college students.
    Now, in order for individuals (students or anyone) to accept the challenge of reaching their full potential…Universities have to make learning interesting. In my case, the only way to make things interesting is via live interaction.
    I would like my kids to have the desire to go to school and work hard during their college career, take on the challenges presented to them and overcome most of them – one needs to be defeated once or twice. I do not really care what school or University they decide to attend…the school does not make the student…the student makes the school…

  6. Well, while there is a place for online schools, and some might challenge students, I highly doubt that anyone can reach their full potential with online learning. One of the classes that I have been teaching at UCF is the cornerstone lab, where students team up to address a problem or a need that a local non-profit organization is facing by raising funds through various fund raising activities to meet that need. What’s interesting about this lab is that we team up a diverse group of 5-7 students who in most cases never met before and they work pretty hard throughout the semester to plan fundraising events, hold these events, and raise funds to address the clients’ needs. All teams just wrapped up their activities for the spring semester last week and I spent this week’s lab session asking them to reflect back on their experiences. Most talked about being way out of their comfort zone. They were challenged to meet and work closely with a truly diverse group of students (sex, ethnicity, age, …) that they have never met before with all the hassles that comes with group work, experience the challenge of planning and holding small to large scale events, ask for “donations” and get rejected at times, experience successes and short falls, but in the end feel that they have done something very worthy. There is no way online learning can provide anything close to this experience. While most schools do not offer a cornerstone type course, most would still offer various opportunities to challenge students by giving them the opportunities to build social skills, friendships, participate in various non-academic activities, get exposed to true diversity, … This is where my son will go and be challenged. I am not paying for him to go to an online school 🙂

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