Universities offer several different ways to pursue a degree online (or as some universities call it, distance learning). Here's a short summary of each type of course, the technical requirements and what kind of experience you can expect.
1. Individual online courses: These courses are conducted online and require web access to complete. Students work one-on-one with their professor. There is limited or no interaction with other students and group work is not required. Students may have as long as six months to complete a course of this type.
2. Group online courses: These courses are conducted online and require web access to complete. Students work on group projects together and the course may include schedule online dicussions using a chat room. Courses of this type usually run on a traditional semester schedule.
3. Independent learning courses: These courses may or may not require web access to complete. Assignments are submitted by fax, postal mail or email. The instructor may provide learning materials via the web, or may assign books and other printed materials. Courses vary in duration up to as long as six months.
Most university websites have course catalogs available on the web that give details about how each course is conducted. Over the course of your studies, you may be required to take one or all of the above types of courses.