Don’t be fooled. Just because online education is flexible to meet the growing demands of adult students does not mean it is for students who do not wish to put forth any effort.
In any online class, you will have to work harder than in an on ground class because everything in the online environment is written, not spoken. This requires more time than most students expect. Thus, there is a more significant time commitment involved with online courses. It is important that you set aside study time away from family members and distractions.
If you fit the slacker-type student, you will quickly find online education frustrating and place blame where blame should not be placed. Some students realize this way too late into an online course and then drop out.
(Source: Online Learning Checklist and Preparation Steps by Deborah Leonard Mertz)