Harvard Business School has spent the last three years creating the classroom of the future: a broadcast studio, an instructor, and students who attend through a sophisticated live feed with the efforts of a professional production team. Just launched on August 25, this virtual classroom is called HBX Live, and is intended to “reproduce the intimacy and energy of the school’s case method teaching in a digital environment.” The instructor can see images of his 60 students on a screen while a camera follows him, allowing students to see his movements. Students from all across the world attend in real time, and their mics are never muted, allowing them to chime in at any time and chat with one another – mirroring that energetic, lively feel of an in-person Harvard Business School class. While other universities have also created “live long-distance classrooms," one of which we’ve previously discussed, none have matched the superior audio and video that allow real-time discussions to feel as close to a live case study class as possible. Perhaps this is indeed the future of making long-distance learning up close and personal, with a front-row seat and a voice for every student.