One advantage of the online learning environment – believe it or not – is that you have more interaction with your peers. Most online classes have a discussion question/interaction assignment each week. These are the same types of questions that would be brought up in class. However, in the online environment, EVERYONE has the opportunity (ok, requirement) to both “speak” about the topic and comment on his/her peers’ discussion input. You learn not only academic tidbits that may not be in the “book” or in your research, but you gain the knowledge of real life experiences from others. Often, you do not have this type of discussion opportunity in resident classrooms.