The article is devoted to the study of an important and relevant field of education in higher education - distance learning. The content of the concept of "distance learning" has been clarified. Presented are the results of an online survey, which was conducted for 1-2 year students of Surgut branch of Tyumen Industrial University. The author also conducted a survey of the teaching staff of the department of natural sciences and humanities of the branch. The survey was a questionnaire that included questions focused on the position of students and teachers on the subject of the prospects of distance learning, its state in the Russian educational system. The survey revealed the advantages and disadvantages of this form of education. Undoubtedly, such a format will make it possible to assign education to a more massive scale, but only with the availability of high-quality virtual reality technologies and telecommunication channels will it be able to become widespread in Russia.Keywords: distance learning, survey, students, teachers, higher education.