You should assess the appropriateness of an online course for your own learning needs. Online courses are not for everyone. Ask yourself a few questions...
1. How do I learn best? If a "traditional" lecture is your answer, where you take notes from an instructor and study them for a test, online might not be for you.
2. How much of the course is online? Some courses meet "live" periodically, and some are entirely online. Some courses use an online classroom, such as Wimba, to do "live" online classes, that are essentially the same as live classes, except you cannot see each other. I teach an online course, and I put up Power Point slides and other documents that form the basis of our discussions, but we cannot see each other. That is kind of nice, as most of these classes are from 7-9pm.
3. How much peer interaction do I want for my learning? It is not impossible, but meeting your peers can be more difficult in an online course. You don't have that "Hey let's meet for lunch and study before class" kind of socialization. If that is important to you, you need to find a way to do that online.
4. How much of a self learner are you? Many online course assignments and classes require advanced reading and then you discuss it verb ally online or on an asynchronous discussion board. If you are the kind who doesn't like to read before class and digest it all, and be ready to discuss, you need to find out how your online instruc tor structures the class and what is expected from you.
5. Is online more convenient for your schedule? And if so, can you overlook any negatives to online learning in order to ahve your learning be convenient? I teach an online masters course, and two of my students told me that online learning was really not for them, but they needed the convenience of it, and they are making it work.
6. Do I have the right equipment to make the online class work? Computers need to be rather new, or have certain settings on them so that they will accept the software for the course. Also, you will probably need a headphone set with a microphone. Some courses require a webcam.Check with your instructor to see what the specs are.
have an online readiness survey for online courses that you can take on your school's website to see if you are ready for it.
Hope this helps! Good luck to you!