You'll need a computer with a minimum of:
Online learning takes as much time as an on-campus course. It is often recommended that you schedule about twelve hours each week for a three-credit course. If you don't use it, great, but it is important to keep up with your work and assignments. One of the most common reasons for dropping an online course is that the student gets behind and can't catch up!
You may well have a faculty member who also teaches in the classroom. But teaching online is different--the teacher knows that he/she must serve more as a guide or resource for their online students and less like a distributor of information. And students become explorers and sharers of new knowledge. Your teacher will use the course web site to deliver lectures, course materials, discussion questions and assignments.
Most students who enroll in distance education courses are over 25 years of age, employed, and have some type of previous college experience. Of course, that doesn't mean current college students can't take an online course--in fact, it's a perfect way to get that course you need for a particular semester, or if the course on campus is offered at an inconvenient time for you.