Among the practices which have emerged through the New Lecturers Programme in 2011-12, there are three that test the limits to online learning:
massive open on-line courses (moocs),
virtual conferences as a means of assessment, and
distributed collaboration as a means of working in learning sets.
Taken together, these practices allow us to examine the role of the university and to re-imagine a place for institutions in a world where openness, access and community have come to underpin academic knowledge.