Ask an Online Teacher

Have questions about online schools? Fire away. You can also read our archived answers from similar queries. Our experts answer all reader questions promptly and thoroughly.

Dr. Beverly A. Browning

An online instructor who teaches over 1,000 students annually, Dr. Browning is a former faculty member at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management as well as a member of the American Association of Grant Professionals.

Greg Beatty

With over twenty years of experience in higher education as well as a PhD in English from the University of Iowa, Mr. Beatty has taught in the traditional classroom, correspondence courses, online courses, and hybrid courses. He's also served on a range of committees and college advisory boards, and as an area chair for humanities.

Q&A: How Long Do Students Have to Drop a Course After It Begins?

Question: How long do students have to drop a course after it begins?

Q&A: How Can Students Socialize While Attending Online School?

Question: How can my student socialize while attending an online school?

Q&A: What Is Early Registration?

Question: What is the difference between registration and early registration?

Q&A: Can Online Students Take Vacations?

Question: Every year my family takes a vacation and we are gone for a week. I'm scheduled to take a course, but I don't know if I'll have Internet access. What should I do?

Q&A: Are Online Students Required to Participate in Class Discussions?

Question: I am curious about the requirements regarding participation in an online course. Will my child be required to participate in class discussions?

Q&A: What Is Independent Study?

Question: What is independent study and is it available to online students?

Q&A: Is Online School Easier Than Traditional Education?

Question: I've heard that online schooling is easier than traditional classroom learning, is that true?

Q&A: How Do Schools Decide the Size of an Online Class?

Question: How do schools decide the size of an online class?

Q&A: Do Online Students Have Homework?

Question: Will my child have homework when he attends school online?

Q&A: How Can I Help My Child Succeed in an Online School?

Question: What is my role while my child attends online school?