The British Computer Society said the specialist group will hold regular meetings in Second Life and other virtual worlds.
"E-learning provides a solution for those who cannot access colleges and schools," said the British Computer Society (BCS).
"Employers are also embracing the technology that allows their employees to develop additional skills without leaving the workplace," it added.
The BCS e-learning specialist group will work with practitioners to promote best practice in e-teaching and e-research.
The BCS said it will develop e-learning policies and procedures, standards and specifications. It also said it hoped to participate in benchmarking, networking and e-learning development.
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The group hopes to attract interest from e-learning professionals to develop an active community.
Mike Rodd, director of the BCS Learned Society, said: "This is an exciting step for BCS, e-learning standards are already being developed and we need to be part of this development. The formation of this specialist group will help provide an authoritative sounding board for professionals active in e-teaching and e-research."
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