I'm hoping some kind people could help me from making (more) big mistakes. I've spent several years at a Canadian university, and I've gotten a good number of science and math courses under my belt. Unfortunately, I hit a rut and made a mess of my third year, and haven't been back to finish my degree.
That was ten years ago, and just now I'm quite taken with the idea of returning to finish my computer science degree. The problem I'm facing (and am hoping for help with) is that my life isn't compatible with the university experience. I have a house, two toddlers, a full time job and I don't live near a university (I live in rural Canada, for reference).
Still, I'm doing my best to correct past mistakes and get back to the career path I wanted. It turns out, undergrad degrees are not exactly flexible. I'm not sure how long it would take me to complete the degree with full time schooling, but I've been exploring distance courses and part time, first. Canadian universities do not like to teach computer science over the internet, it seems.
Quite a few universities from the USA are quite willing, however (see, for example Oregon State's online degree program). I am quite uninformed about the validity of a distance degree, particularly in the computer science field. I'm hoping someone with some experience in this area could share their thoughts on if this (distance educated computer science from a US university) is a worthwhile endeavour or if I'd best look elsewhere if I want a degree that can be taken seriously.
Any thoughts at all would be awesome, even if it's just pointing out a resource I could use to figure some of this stuff out on my own. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed and lost, I don't want to do this wrong a second time.