You need to manage your time. Plan a minimum of 8-10 hours per week for coursework. Blocking two-hour chunks of time throughout the week can be helpful.
Stay caught up. Talk with other students via email or phone.
Keep up with reading and writing assignments. It's very easy to put off distance learning course work as compared to a classroom course. Procrastination is your worst enemy.
Even though you are not meeting with the instructor, your assignments have due dates. Get them done, don't fall behind!! This type of course requires a lot of independent studying. You need to be self-motivated.
Stay in touch with your instructor. Don't hesitate to communicate if you are having difficulty, need advice, or have questions.
Treat an online or hybrid course like a regular classroom course - expect the same reading, writing, projects, and examinations.