Because of the imperative of attaining advanced education in the emerging global service economy, and the difficulties involved in traveling to distant classrooms, universities are investing heavily in interactive video and other types of distance learning. While we admit the necessity to investigate these modes of instructional delivery, we also call for a fair but critical investigation of what these technologies take away from the classroom experience. We performed a quasi-experimental study to investigate just that. Students in a local and distance class taught simultaneously by one instructor were asked for their perceptions about the experience. In the main, the perceptions of students in the Distance setting were generally less favorable than their Local setting counterparts. Implications of our findings are discussed.