The virtual classroom is a significant part of today’s educational community. Online classes are not the same as traditional, on campus courses. Online classes are typically “asynchronous” meaning that the students, instructor and other students do not have to be “logged” into the classroom at the same time.
Online classes are not for everyone. The level of social interaction in the virtual classroom can be very high, but it is not the same as being on campus. The opportunity to do coursework online any time anywhere places unique responsibilities on the student to manage and complete the course. A successful online student possesses unique and identifiable characteristics such as the following: