The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) provides support in the areas of faculty development, instructional design, and learning theory as it relates to the use and exploration of technologies to enhance online learning.

When you teach online, not only do students get a chance to learn in a different way, but faculty also experience the power of technology infused pedagogy within a virtual classroom.

What you will find in…

  • Course Design
    This section provides you with the most basic pieces of information about how to start teaching in an online environment.
  • Learning Theories
    Interested in the research supporting online education and the development of an instructionally sound online course? This section provides links to many recent articles.
  • Teaching Technologies
    There are many technologies that you can use to deliver or enhance an online course. Supported technologies are listed and explained in this area.
  • Common Tasks in Online Teaching
    This is where you will find detailed instructions for processes such as; How to Create a Podcast, How to Copy Blackboard Materials to a New Course, How to Narrate a PowerPoint Presentation, and many other relevant topics.
  • Meet UIS Online and COLRS
    The University of Illinois at Springfield has been very successful in pioneering an administrative style of incorporating online programs into the fabric of the institution
  • Workshops & Trainings Archives [COLRS Online Teaching & Technology Blog]
    From pedagogy to new technologies to troubleshooting, COLRS workshops, trainings, and other events can help. You’ll also find archived training materials for sessions you may have missed. View upcoming events.
  • Professional Development
    Many certificates and courses in online learning are available for UIS faculty and staff through COLRS, UIS, the Illinois Online Network, and elsewhere. In addition to formal learning, you’ll find suggested resources for building your own personal learning network in online and blended learning.
  • COLRS Newsletter
  • Resources for Online Program Coordinators