UIS Model of Online Education
The hallmarks of the UIS online program includes:
- 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 25. 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.
- Online student support
The Career Development Center and The Learning Hub both offer extensive services for our online students.
- Entire degrees moved online, not individual courses
Online courses are developed for degree-granting programs, rather than as stand-alone courses.
- Electronic Office Hours
Faculty teaching engage their online students for classroom assistance or to build community with their students through posting electronic office hours.