It is well known that much valuable learning occurs through informal conversation and meetings within the University and School campus. Digital Slate aims to facilitate the same kind of campus-based environment to enable valuable informal learning amongst students attending on-line course and who are geographically remote from each other. Even though students may be attending courses at different times, in different places and completing them at different paces, the extensive communication and collaboration tools provided by the digitalSLATE Learning Management System enable these students to conduct informal conversations and meetings with each other. However, just providing the tools of communication is not enough to guarantee that conversations will start. Digital Slate staff manages the virtual campus environment.