A student commencing an on-line course is similar to a captain of a boat leaving on a deep sea voyage.
The facilitator of the course is responsible to give the learner a map with the final destination, perhaps recommending some ports of call along the way, but the student ultimately determines the timing, the path, and interesting stops during the trip. They are their own captain, piloting their own learning journey. Different learners have different amounts of educational experience so the facilitator provides guidance and support as and when needed as some students may require a lot, some only a little.
In the end, the student, and the instructor, are off on a glorious journey.