E-learning communities are groups of people connected solely via technology. All interactions begin and occur over the Internet, through conference calls, via videoconferencing, and so forth. These communities promote virtual collaboration that's focused on addressing a specific topic, and they are supported by one or more online learning and media tools.
Blended learning communities integrate online learning and face-to-face meetings. Two core assumptions of this type of community are 1) deep personal relationships between learners create richer collaborative learning experiences and 2) relationships between learners can be strengthened through structured group interactions that employ technology before and/or after a face-to-face learning event.
At it's simplest level, collaboration may be simply sharing information with another person, department, or organization...at it's most advanced level, collaboration involves unifying communication processes and content and establishing forums for accessing resources and building content and value together. An effective collaborative project that is sustained may involve into more complex relationships and purposes