> Do I need to work on my class during the period it is scheduled?

No. VLA classes are designed to be asynchronous which means that you can work on them at just about any time. Teachers will schedule class and individual meetings as needed. Teachers are also available for one-on-one assistance depending on your needs and schedule. This approach gives you greater flexibility in your schedule. This approach also requires that you be dedicated to getting your work done which means you will need to schedule your VLA course work into your day and week. These classes are not self-paced but they do provide the most flexibility in when and where you will do your work. Planning your day and week will set you up for success.