Distance education can take many forms. Generally, I think of distance education in terms of a students alone with a computer, but that isn't the only form of distance education. Some programs allow a student and teacher to interact via chat features or a web camera. Other programs allow students to interact with each other. Distance education can be a very valuable tool, but it really depends on how it is managed and the students themselves. If a student isn't highly motivated, distance learning is likely to be unsuccessful. For a highly motivated student, it can be a wonderful opportunity.