The starting point for this paper is the case study exercise, carried out by postgraduate students in different countries, described in Hacker et al (1996) and Rich (1997). This exercise used electronic mail as the principal method of communication, although there it was reflected in the evaluation of the exercise that e-mail was losing its attraction as a novel technology to use. Since the above papers were written, some work has been carried out to adapt the exercise to using the world-wide web, and this paper examines some lessons from the experience. It also places these lessons in the context of current ideas about the future of higher education, especially in Britain.