Ultimately, pursuing an online MBA means getting organized. Taking classes in person with others provides a certain structure and organization that is absent from online courses. It isn't enough to simply "attend" an online course. This is often no more complicated than checking your e-mail or logging in to a web page. The professor isn't there to lecture and provide structure to a discussion. All-in-all, all of the drive for the class has to come from you. There won't be any pressure.
For many, this is nothing new. For those that haven't taking an online course before, here are some tips.
First, find a study technique that works for you. This is important because it will serve as the substitute for the structure lost by the lack of a classroom. Study techniques will most critically involve time management. Set time aside. Give yourself hours. These hours can and almost certainly will change as the circumstances of your life do, and that's okay. What's important is that you have some pattern to adhere to. Start by determining how long you need, then determine when you are allowed to take breaks.
Next, do what you can to get involved with the class. Online classes don't make it as easy to meet others in your field of study, but they often do come with a social component for discussion or cooperative assignments. Follow up with these as allowed. Make new friends and get involved. This helps with accountability in a big way, much like going into the office and working alongside others. As much as possible, foster a relationship with your instructors as well, even online. Ask questions as you can. Keep involved and engaged.
By following these basic steps you can help make up for what online courses lose in translation. For those not used to working online and alone, this can be a valuable tool for the future, and it's sure to make you more successful in your pursuit of an online MBA.