Four-time NBA champion, 15-time All-Star, and former Most Valuable Player Shaquille O'Neal on the benefits of online education for those with hectic lifestyles, and how it compares to being in a classroom.

Mediaplanet: How does online education offer new opportunities for those with hectic lifestyles who think it would otherwise be impossible to earn a degree?

Shaquille O'Neal: As a former NBA player, you’re always traveling. It would have been nice to be able to access your class work online and have the opportunity to send in your work via email and take tests remotely. With all the options available, anyone can make time for school.

MP: What is the importance of making education accessible and engaging?

"With all the options available, anyone can make time for school."

Shaq: So that students are and remain interested in learning. Of course students will always have a better chance of learning the material if they enjoy class.

MP: How do you feel online education can continue to be engaging as well as high quality?

Shaq: Everything’s accessible. As long as the curriculum is the same, students taking classes online should be learning the same information as the students who are physically present in a classroom.