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Question: Online classes aren't really new anymore. I've heard about people taking them for years. Is there anything new about online education?
Question: I've noticed that a lot of online courses have group work? Why is group work such a large part of online education?
Question: What's the biggest difference between taking online classes and taking classes face to face?
Question: Is there anything I should know about communicating in an online classroom?
Question: I have been worrying for awhile about how my son with a learning disability will be able to continue his education at the high school level. Do most online high schools make accommodations for students with a learning disability? How do they make these accommodations? Do you think it's possible for students with learning disabilities to succeed at an online school?
Question: I'm thinking about taking online classes, but I'm an older student, and I'm just not as comfortable with the computer as my kids are. Will that be a problem?
Q: I'm pretty comfortable with a computer, and can find my way around online pretty easily, but I'm still not sure about taking online classes. What do I need to do to be successful in online classes?
Question: I'm a little concerned about taking online courses. How can I connect, personally, with my instructor and peers?
Question: What are some of the benefits of online high school? How do I know if online high school is going to be a "good fit" for a high school student?
Question: When I am researching online high schools for my daughter, I often see that the schools offer online learning and a home-school program. I feel like these two would be the same thing. Are there differences between exclusive online learning programs and online learning that is part of a home-school plan? What are these differences?