In most classes we were put into groups and then had to participate in weekly discussions and then submit a group report by Sunday at midnight (the only thing I hated since that meant I had to do most homework on weekends). This was sometimes challenging as people in my group would not post anything or contribute to the report but would get the same grade. Or people's contributions made no sense and some could get argumentative.
Some instructors were good and kept us involved; others did nothing and sometimes we never even got assignment marks back (which bothered me, since we had deadlines that had to be met, but the instructors weren't held to theirs). And some went way overboard, with wanting us to post everyday and they must be meaningful posts. We were graded on our participation.
It's not for everyone though. You have to have self-motivation and willpower (of which I stuggled with). There were days when I really did not want to do any homework or would struggle with assignments - and there is no one to turn to. You could discuss issues but not answers - which is really hard sometimes. All this while working fulltime and raising a family did not help matters either. I felt guilty if I had to miss a hockey game or family function. While studying for exams, I had my husband take the kids out for the day so I could study in a quiet house. But there were days where I said screw it - I am going to be with my kids - I will settle for a 75% rather than 85%!!
But I made it throught the 5 years and graduated this past weekend. I am very proud of myself and could not have done it without the support of my family.