Q&A: Do online classes require more work?
Answer: In online classes, students are expected to do the same amount of work as in a "traditional" or "ground" class. It may seem like more work because you are doing everything on a computer. However, let's examine the amount of time and responsibilities needed for both.
At a traditional school, students attend class once or more each week for a few hours or more, depending on the program and school. Each week, students are expected to read and review course materials to discuss in class. Just as you are expected to attend class on a specific day or days, you are expected to be in the online classroom a specific number of days and/or hours each week. This time is spent reviewing the syllabus, reading course materials such as lecture notes and resources, viewing relevant media (such as videos or news clips) and engaging in the discussion forums. Most online schools expect students to be in the forums two to three days per week. Online students are expected to engage, regularly, in the discussion forums. It's important to read the course and weekly materials so you are able to respond to your instructor and have qualitative communication with peers.
In traditional classes, students are expected to take quizzes (or tests). The same is expected for online students. Online, your quizzes and/or tests may be timed or setup for a specific day and/or time. It is also the students' responsibility to remember to take the quiz or test and to submit it on time.
For both traditional classes and online classes, students will have assignments. You are expected to submit your assignments on time for either learning setting. In any educational environment, you want to make sure to thoroughly read the syllabus and course policies on late assignments and to understand the potential ramifications for submitting pieces late. Some instructors do not accept late assignments; others do, with a penalty.
Whether you are in a traditional classroom setting or taking classes online, students are expected to be present, to learn and to participate. Both environments require dedication and responsibility and this comes into play when submitting your assignments on time as well as engaging fully in class.