Successful online students develop the skill to converse with their instructor. They learn to ask their instructors questions and answering questions posed by instructors. Instructors ask questions to cause critical thinking to occur in their students in order to help them develop a better understanding of course materials and resources. It is necessary to avoid the view that these questions are busy work.
The ability to create thought provoking questions are essential to success. These types of questions lead to a deeper understanding, along with gaining new knowledge about the material being questioned. Communication through questioning is an important skill to learn.