I’m often asked what’s the difference between distance education and “real” classes. Hmmmm. I – and my students, I believe – operate as if we ARE in real-world experiences, REAL education. Here I demonstrate two assignments – Streets and Connecting with Corrections – that engage distance students in learning “where the rubber meets the road,” or, where life really counts. The real world. I enhance communication through “off-road” technology such as instant messaging, flip cams, and videoconferencing.