Students of online courses are taught the same information as students taught in the classroom, it just comes in a different format. some schools offer hybrid courses which are partially online and partially in a classroom. Instead of teaching lectures, students take advantage of textbooks, videos, CD-ROMs, phone conferencing, online chats and some Web based leaning. Students also have access to the library system online as well as support by phone or e-mail.
Each school and program or course will use differing styles to communicate the information, but the inherent flexibility this method offers is especially important to students of today who study around careers or otherwise busy lives.