When taking online courses, it definitely is more convenient. You can do the homework and work load whenever you want, but you lose out on the interaction with other students in the classroom. I would definitely say that the workload is a lot harder and more challenging since you are not physically in the classroom to learn. The professor/student relationship in my case is great. Anytime I have trouble or need help on something, they are always right there to assist me in any way they can.