Virtual studios have provided a valuable content in which to explore and test approaches to both collaborative design and pedagogy. While there has been extensive earlier experience in virtual campuses, not least that at The Open University in England, virtual design studios have explored a different nature of collaboration and interaction, shedding light on a new range of tasks and methods. These lessons have been applied in many fields. For example, the lessons have been used to understand the nature of collaboration. Most directly, they have been applied to the context of teaching design and understanding better how students learn to design. The change in technology can open up new opportunities in what is taught, not only how it is taught. Most broadly, they have been taken in to consideration in the creation of virtual campuses for broader university teaching. All these aspects are explored in this paper.