A report from the 2013 College Explorer found that online learning has jumped 96 percent over the last five years. Currently, about 45 percent of college students are taking at least one online course.
Online courses can be just as challenging, if not more challenging, than traditional brick-and-mortar classes.
With online, the professors are encouraged to give students the same experience they would get by attending an actual class. One way to help with this is by having online class discussions in each course.
I took a few courses online a few years back. Class discussions were required – in fact, they were where you received the majority of your “points” for the class.