Just a theory here, but I think the fact that we really love what we do and truly appreciate our students transforms even a boring online course into a true experience.
I just finished delivering a 4-day PMP / CAPM Exam Prep Boot Camp to a wonderful group of students located in all of the US time zones. Despite a ton of information and not being in the same room with any of the other students, our group came together (progressing through forming-storming-and-norming) pretty quickly! Whether it was ad hoc chats or emails that were exchanged, we all bonded as a group.
It was truly my pleasure to spend the last four days with such a dedicated group of project management professionals. I have no doubt they will soon be joining the PPM PMP-Credentialed Alumni soon!
Best of luck Greg, Jamie, Stacie, Kathleen, Sabrina, Liz, and Christina!