If you are new to online education if you do not want to end up in trouble, you should approach your education in the same way as you would have if you were studying off the internet. Set specific study hours during which you should not be disturbed. This may sound very difficult. However, would you not be completely free of interference when attending a class in a separate classroom?
Do you think your parents or your kids would walk into the classroom and ask you to stop your studies? It is obvious that they would not do so. You just have to attach the same level of importance to your online education course as well. Of course, the flexibility of changing the timing during emergencies is always present. However, do not use this as an excuse to be so irregular that you end up having no idea when to study and how to study.
Secondly, you should have a clear and specific goal in mind. The target maybe set on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. However, never operate without a target. This is something that holds true for real life education as well. This is even more important in the virtual world because you will be competing with a large number of individuals who may way ahead of you.
All employers do not respect online education and regard online degrees highly. More often than not, it is considered an option chosen by lazy people who are not prepared to put in the hard work required. By opting for a strict regimen and by studying hard, you can not only change their opinion but also convert the skepticism into positive goodwill.
Make sure you take backup of all your study material and courses. Your dog may not eat your homework but there always is a possibility of a computer crash destroying all your notes. Make sure that does not happen.