The issue of collaborative design has been elaborated extensively within the framework of previous CAAD-conferences. Today, an appreciation for traditional attitudes and methods can be observed, but interestingly, a mixture of approaches is also noticeable (computational techniques used in low-tech fabrication environments, for example). This allows for a round-table survey of the current state-of-the-art focused on experiences related to distant learning in the architectural curriculum. To make VDS viable, not only are technological solutions necessary, but so are social (among people) and professional (ways of behavior) ones. In this round-table we aim to identify critical factors of success (or failure).