One way of thinking about a programme of study is that it creates opportunities or spaces for learning. The spaces are there because a learner has laid aside social, domestic or work life for a time, and created space in his or her life to devote to learning. The spaces are defined by the context of higher education: buildings, campuses, materials for study, formalised relationships with tutors and lecturers, with learning resources, with peers, with online environments. The learning events, though, can occur anywhere in people’s lives where they grapple with concepts, issues, knowledge and relationships, engaging and re-engaging with the processes of learning. How are we to construct these spaces so as to ensure effective learning?