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This paper deals with the concept of informal learning in virtual communities on the Internet. Initially we discuss the need for continuing education and its relation with informal learning. Virtual communities are next defined and then compared to real communities. Case studies are employed, focused on some specific kinds of virtual communities. We examine how they operate, how their members interact, what values they share and what kind of knowledge they gather. The learning process withindoi:10.15837/ijccc.2007.1.2335 fatcat:6xk26nybrjdytekopaom63eoem