- Online Degrees and Certificates
- UIS Online Growth
- National Awards
- NPR Story
- $3.5 million in grant funding
- Students living in 47 states and 11 foreign countries studied online
- 64.2% of all UIS students took at least one online class
- 37.8% of online majors pursued UIS degrees from other states or outside the country
- More than 200 faculty members taught online
- The average age of our online students was in the mid-30s
- Online courses accounted for more than 9,650 cumulative enrollments
Integrated into the mainstream academic structure
Requested and developed by the department, approved through the college and governance structures as part of the normal academic structure of the university.
Same faculty teach on ground and online
The same full-time tenured, and tenure- track faculty teach our face-to-face, blended, and fully online degree programs.
Faculty development and support
Pedagogical and technological orientation, development and support continuously provided online and in person in small group and individualized sessions
- Data Collection, analysis and research support
Enlightening decision-making through comprehensive data collection and analysis; promoting best practices and encouraging discovery of new techniques and effective approaches through pro-active research support
Online Program Coordinators
Online Program Coordinators -- an essential role in the delivery of online programming at UIS -- provide support to online students, including student advocacy, problem solving, and informal advising. Giving online students a single point of contact improves their experience at UIS.
Small class sizes
Most UIS online classes are capped at 20. Small class sizes allow students and faculty to develop personal relationships over the fifteen week semester.
Low-cost e-Tuition and technology fee
All students who are enrolled in online-only degree programs and take only online courses pay e-Tuition plus a low per-credit hour technology fee.
Support office exclusively for faculty teaching online
The Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning provides broad support for faculty developing and teaching online for UIS. From pedagogy to technology to troubleshooting, the office is a hub for information regarding online teaching.
Entire degrees moved online, not individual courses
Online courses are developed for degree-granting programs, rather than as stand-alone courses.
- Online student support
The Career Development Center and Center for Teaching and Learning both offer extensive services for our online students.
- Start early
When you decide to move a course online, start developing it at least one semester before you plan to teach.
- Work backwards
Examine your learning objectives and then design your assignments and choose technologies. Let pedagogy drive your technology choices.
- Adopt technologies incrementally
Explore many technologies, and then choose just one or two to implement in your course.
- Focus on student engagement
Give students plenty of opportunities to contribute to the course and interact with you and their peers. Build student trust and model dialog by front-loading your communication with them.
- Stay organized
The key to student success in online environments is a well-organized course structure. Always err on the side over-organizing, over-explaining, etc. Making your expectations clear will help your students succeed.
- Ask for feedback
Midpoint and module-end surveys will help you continuously improve your teaching. Make you create a discussion forum for students to ask questions -- try KQS (Keep, Quit, Start).