John Seely Brown remarks that it is “the learning communities that universities establish and nurture that remove them from the realm of a delivery service, or from being mere traffickers of information, to [become instead] knowledge creators. An on-campus social learning environment offers exposure to multiple communities of scholars and practices, giving students broad access to people from different fields, backgrounds, and expectations, as well as opportunities for intensive study, all of which combine to form a creative tension that spawns new ideas, perspectives, and knowledge.”

“Learning in the Digital Age,” in The Internet and the University: 2001 Forum, edited by Maureen Devlin, Richard Larson and Joel Meyerson, (Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE, 2002).