via ASU News.
ASU Online student Tony Bothwell has to juggle both, and also watch out for the occasional freeze ray attack. Bothwell spends part of his days keeping an eye on his 3-year-old son, Lucas, whom he describes as “a fussy toddler,” while his wife is at work. That has led to something of a non-traditional soundtrack to his educational career.
“This semester so far, statistics and (web site design) have been to the tune of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ …” Bothwell said, referencing the popular children’s films. “Psychology 101 and graphic communications were both Spring A session, I remember those specifically always had either ‘Frozen’ or ‘Despicable Me’ in the background.”
Hence the freeze rays, which, during imagination time, Lucas will sometimes employ upon his unsuspecting father, causing a delay in studying.
“It’s worked out though,” Bothwell said with a laugh. It continues to work out for Bothwell.
He’s a senior solution developer for Kaiser Permanente, a health maintenance organization, in Sacramento, California. At age 39 he decided to complete his undergraduate work. Now he is the equivalent of a junior, earning his degree in graphic information technology online. Bothwell is very successful — he writes highly valued automation software for Kaiser — but the lack of a bachelor’s degree has put a ceiling on his career trajectory. In a couple of semesters that roadblock will be cleared for Bothwell. ASU Online clears many roadblocks for its students. The program now has more than 19,000 students enrolled, and offers more than 100 degree.
"As a university, we're committed to helping learners everywhere achieve a quality education, said Phil Regier, University Dean for Education Initiatives at ASU and CEO of EdPlus. "We've designed our digitally-enabled courses and degree programs with the student experience in mind, ensuring that students have the tools they need to succeed from anywhere in the world.”
Those digitally-enabled courses place reading, videos, tutorials and coursework online in an easily accessible environment for students. Assignments typically are due once per week, giving students in various places — and timezones — plenty of time to complete each task no matter their personal schedules. The flexibility is key. For Bothwell it means being able to work on his couch with his son nearby.