My husband is taking some online classes right now, and it is NOT easy. Yet ----- casually the attitude a lot of people seem to have is that online college is easy, they will just take your money and give you a passing grade, so that you can go on to the next class, where they will again take your money and give you a passing grade.
So -- needless to say, we also know a lot of people who have signed up for and then ended up failing online classes.
At the most popular online college for his job, they do 8-week classes, and you can only drop by the end of the 1st week. It is not a lot of time to realize you aren't in a good fit, or don't have time to do the work.
I strongly, strongly encouraged my husband to drop a class in the last enrollment period. Every student wrote an introduction on the discussion page, and the professor went and wrote comments to people.
My husband's introduction was basically -- he had little to no background, but the woman who helped him find classes to meet graduation requirements said this was a class he could take.
Other people in the class were saying things like -- they had related work experience, the class was in their major, etc.
The professor's response to my husband was very polite but I read it as -- you should drop this class.
My husband thought things like "oh they wouldn't let me enroll in it with no prerequisite if.... the woman who helped me enroll wouldn't have recommended it unless...."
He had mostly taken introductory classes, and this was an upper-level class -- he didn't realize that there would be such a step up in expectations, or that sometimes they don't set specific prerequisites because some people will come in with related experience and be able to go into a class fine, or they will be super-motivated because it's their major.
I really, really had to convince him "drop this class, take the hint from the professor."
Then he saw how his other upper-level class was (the one he didn't drop) and now he thinks I was right and he's glad he dropped it.
There are two different women he can talk to at the education center, and definitely he will stick to talking to the other one from now on. I don't think she would have just gone "sure, this will meet the requirement for you."
He is in a situation where ----- he is in the military, and they have given him a lot of transfer hours for military experience. But that means he has quickly gotten to where he has to use general requirements to reach his 45 hours of upper-level classes requirement. And they gave him a computer-generated paper suggesting that he take his computer requirement as a 300-level class, so the woman at the ed center just said "oh you can take this."
But he got an A in his writing class!