I'm a student in a part-time graduate program that is delivered online. I had been hoping to enroll in a particular course that, until recently, was indicated as scheduled to be offered in the upcoming course period. However, due to a last-minute change in who is teaching the course, it is no longer available online -- on-campus only.
In my experience so far in the program, there have been some courses for which I find the video lectures very helpful to grasping the material (e.g. computer security) and some courses where I've found the associated textbook / slides / problems much more useful and essentially totally ignored the video lectures (e.g. digital signal processing, linear dynamical systems, etc.). I suspect that this particular course would most likely fall in the latter category.
Since I was very much looking forward to taking this particular course and don't want to drastically reshuffle my program of study, I want to ask the professor about taking the course remotely anyway and simply learning via the text, homework, and the online discussion forum. (I would be able to occasionally show up in person for exams, etc. -- I'm local, but not close enough to realistically be able to attend lectures on a regular basis) If he suggests that this isn't a great idea, I'd be receptive to that advice. However, I'm worried that even asking the question might cause offense, as it basically implies that I consider his particular lectures to be unnecessary. Is it a bad idea to suggest this kind of arrangement?