Online courses are treated the same way as face-to-face courses and are held to the same academic standards. High school and college transcripts usually make no distinction whether a particular course was completed online or face-to-face.
The content covered in an online course should be the same as a face-to-face course, but it might be presented in a different way. Online courses can include assignments, presentations, discussions, projects, tests, etc.
The difficulty level of the course work is intended to be the same. Do realize, though, that you do not have the imposed structure that accompanies a face-to-face course. Being successful in an online course requires an extra measure of self-discipline to stay on task and get work in on time. (See Student Characteristics for a profile of a successful AGVA student.)
Time commitment is expected to be similar between an online and a face-to-face course.