I think a lot of people new to the idea of distance learning have an initially hard time with their computer skills....Back in the day when "asynchronous" education was new problems did occur....But I think most of the bugs have been "ironed out".
I much prefer going to school via the computer. Don't have to get up out of a warm bed when it is cold outside (smile) nor worry about being late, finding a parking spot or catching the train, bus, ferry....Now many programs allow you on-line access to their library! Goodness that is so cool!.
For the most part some programs work it where you all settle on a date and time and the students or group get together and discuss....whatever....other programs leave it up to the group whether they will or not.
I enjoyed it. I do tend to sometimes wait til ALMOST the last day or so before starting a research paper....I mean, putting my outline or thoughts into actual words and typing it all out....But for the most part I think once you find your rhythm it should work for you. I think distance education is wonderful for people who work a shift other than day-time, or who live away from the bricks and mortar of the traditional college setting or, like me, are just plain lazy
Again, nothing against traditional college settings, but I LOVE distance type learning and programs!
GOOD LUCK to you in your educational career.....I hope you enjoy your experience. I got most of my books on-line as well, at amazon.com, ebay.com, or even half.com (not sure if they still exist) OR I wrote and asked other students if they would be willing to sell their "gently" used textbooks, if I couldn't access them on-line