By its nature, distance learning education is more independent than attending physical classes with other students, but having a good teacher is still vital. Go online and browse faculty from any school you see. How much education and experience do the teachers have?
Just because a school provides online classes does not mean the teacher must be of poor quality. Most college lecturers have at least a Master’s degree in their fields. University professors usually have PhDs. Every good online school must have comparable faculties.
Like schools, you need to research academic programs in online schools and make sure they are in line with your goals for higher education. These days, there are many choices to choose from in distance education, so get around and compare special programs at different schools.
Does this school offer an Associate degree or professional certification? If so, are they recognized by other higher education institutions? This is very important, especially if you plan to continue to a four-year university.
Look at the specific courses needed for the degree. Do they look interesting, challenging, or reasonable with the field of study? Are these classes that you will be interested in? How are they compared to the course requirements in other online schools?