Though online students are often far from one another, many online instructors still assign group projects. Online students may use tools such as Google Docs to edit assignments along with Skype and online chatrooms for discussions.

“It is preparation for the workforce,” says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois-Springfield. “Even if one’s already employed while taking an online course or degree, more and more corporations are extended across the country,” and even internationally.

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