Instructors want to help, they want students to be successful and expect students to ask questions. When I work with course instructors this is one complaint that is expressed most often about online students, why dont they ask? The virtual space in online learning can be a barrier, if you let it get in the way. If you have a question about course content, need clarification on a difficult concept ask. And when you do ask a question, make it count. Before you post a question, know what you are asking and why. Be clear and concise in your communication. Youll be glad you asked.