The definition of distributed learning states that it is an instructional model that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different, non centralized locations so that instruction and learning can occur independent of time and place. The distributed learning model can be used in combination with traditional classroom-based courses and traditional distance education courses (in which it is also deferred to as blended learning, or it can be used to create entirely virtual classrooms.
My views on distributed learning vary from one end to another, I think that it is a great way for people to gain knowledge and experience in situations and places that the otherwise may not, it opens up doors for people who do not have the opportunity to travel to be given the same experience as others. I went to a student leadership conference in grade 12 and listened to a speaker on face time who was paraplegic. The speaker was able to interact with us and tell a very inspirational story without having the issue of traveling across the world, he was able to speak and connect with more people because of technology. While seeing the speaker live may have been a very amazing experience, you have to understand that this is a way for them to reach out and touch people without certain struggles.
When it comes to learning in a classroom I also understand the value of having a person who is physically there so that you feel the sense of connection. While questions can be asked via internet a student may feel slightly less comfortable getting close and discussing certain topics with a screen. I think that distributed learning really personalizes learning and makes it up to the learner to keep motivated and on task. I know that personally having a powerful individual speaking and teaching helps me stay synchronized with the course