One of the unique aspects of online degree education is its focus on interaction and communication to facilitate effective learning. To take full advantage of online classes, you must be an active participant — there’s no sitting in the back, hoping not to be called on. Get in there and engage, discuss and collaborate. Much of the learning that occurs online takes place in the instructor-moderated course discussion boards where students exchange ideas with their peers.
The discussion board acts as a semester long conversation around a topic of interest in the field. A major benefit of online learning is that at the end of the course, a record of the discussion still exists. Students can re-visit ideas and questions that emerged along the way, and even look back at how their own ideas on the course topic evolved over the semester.