When I think back to my days at MIT, I remember so many students used to skip classes. Or, they would fall asleep during the lecture. The same was true for certain courses at medical school. So if you're not going to go to class, can you really learn the material?
The answer seems to be yes, and this has been shown in numerous examples of successful distance learning programs. Now that you can get a degree online from a reputable, accredited university, we can see that distance learning works. Also, there are so many different forms of continuing education (especially in the healthcare industry) that are delivered via various distance learning modalities: e.g., Internet, teleconference, webcast, etc. As Internet bandwidth increases, distance learning and e-Learning capabilities continue to grow.