Distance education or distance learning is a mode of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to nstudents who are not physically present in a traditional setting such as a class room. Distance learning provides "access to learning when the source of information and the learners are seperated by time and distance, or both." distance education courses that require a physical on-sight presents for any reason (including taking examinations) have been referred to as highbrid or blended courses of study.