The online courses that are backed by real, accredited universities are generally fine. Face it, most of your college courses are total garbage, have nothing to do with your degree field and only serve as an additional source of revenue for the college. Majority of my degree was online, or through examination programs offered in the Army. My degree was through the State you of NY, so an actual college. Tests were all taken at a proctored test center, so you did kinda have to read the material. I am a pretty good self learner with a very good memory so didnt have a problem. Courses like Humanities, English comp, Calculus, sociology, a couple histories I was able to test out of or take online. All my engineering studies were taken traditionally. Bottom line is make sure they are real accredited classes, from a real accredited school.