Thursday, February 11, 2010

UIS is early adopter of Google Wave for online learning

When a preview version of Google Wave became available last September, some higher ed users dove right in to try the real-time collaboration tool. The University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is an early adopter.

Last semester, students taking “Internet in American Life” built a wave with peers at the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland). Ray Schroeder, director of COLRS and a co-teacher of the course, hopes to create a matrix where faculty can post their interest in creating a wave with people at other institutions.

UIS' use of Google Wave for online learning and teaching was mentioned in a February 2010 article in University Business.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

UIS uses Google Wave for education

UIS was among the first colleges to use Google Wave for online teaching since the preview version became available in September. The university was mentioned in an article about Google Wave and online learning published in the La Crosse Tribune on January 8, 2010.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

LMS competitors call truce

A three-and-a-half-year court battle between learning management system (LMS) giant Blackboard Inc. and competitor Desire2Learn ended Dec. 15 when the companies agreed to license each other's patents and drop longstanding lawsuits.

Ray Schroeder, director of UIS' Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, said the settlement between Desire2Learn and Blackboard "holds far less meaning" than if the companies had come to an agreement three years ago.

Schroeder's comments were featured in a December 17, 2009, article about the agreement published on

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Elluminate is one online tool used at UIS

Elluminate gives an instructor the ability to hold a web conference with up to 300 participants, host interactive displays, video streaming and just about every function a teacher could want in an online classroom.

UIS is one of a few higher education institutions using the very popular Elluminate. UIS was mentioned in a December 8, 2009, article in the Vator News about Elluminate.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

UIS finds success with iTunes Story

Through its new iTunes Store listing, UIS is bringing some of its archived oral history to more than 200 million users worldwide.

In the first three months UIS has been part of the iTunes Store, new downloads have increased by more than 75,000. Previously, the campus averaged only 3,000 downloads every three months.

A story about UIS and the iTunes story was published in the December 7, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Budget forces universities to reexamine on-line learning enrollment restrictions

The University of Illinois at Springfield capped online classes at 20 students each more than a decade ago.

During a distance-education conference Ray Schroeder, director of UIS' Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning, raised the prospect that the university and others may have to reexamine online-enrollment restrictions as budget pressures mount.

Schroeder was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

UIS mentioned in national article about online learning and technology

The world is getting smaller and smaller with the emergence of new technology every day, and the Web provides countless opportunities for online learning.

Technology and online learning was the topic of an article in the August 2009 Chief Learning Officer magazine, which mentioned UIS' online learning and degree programs.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Global Campus renamed "e-Learning Initiative"

The Global Campus Initiative, an e-learning effort that will expand educational access to other student populations, has been renamed "e-Learning Initiative." It was discussed during a meeting of the UI Chancellors and Provostial Committee.

UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen said the primary goal was a “grass roots faculty movement” to provide the support and innovation e-LI needs. The budget requested for e-LI was $3.8 million over 3 to 5 years, helping to compensate for an anticipated 4,000 new students, Ringeisen said.

Ringeisen's comments were featured in a July 23, 2009, article in the Daily Illini about the new initiative.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

U of I launches Global Campus 2.0

U of I will be scrapping the old Global Campus in order to leave authority for online learning to its three campuses, now called Global Campus 2.0.

UIS is very optimistic about this move as it continues to be a leader in online learning around the country, according to Ray Schroeder, director of the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning at UIS.

The plans were written about in a May 21, 2009, story in the Chronicles of Higher Education.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Future of Global Campus is uncertain

The U of I Global Campus was established in 2006 to expand the University's accessibility to nontraditional students by providing online distance learning classes.

But slow curriculum development, unsatisfactory enrollment numbers, questions about the program's educational quality and a multi-million dollar budget deficit have caused administrators, teachers and trustees to consider if the venture is still worth pursuing.

The topic was the subject of a May 12, 2009, article in the Daily Illini.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Ray Schroeder keeps up on educational technology trends

Keeping up with the latest educational technology trends is a key part of Ray Schroeder's job. Schroeder is the founder and director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (formerly the Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning.)

Schroeder was the subject of an April 23, 2009, feature article on eCampusNews.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

U of I trustees consider future of online campus

After investing more than $10 million in a program that only currently has a few hundred students, University of Illinois trustees are considering whether to shut down the university's 2-year-old online campus.

The challenges of the U of I's Global Campus were the focus of an April 5, 2009, article in the Chicago Tribune.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Online courses are popular at UIS

More than half – 53% – of the students enrolled at UIS for the 2008 spring semester are taking at least one course online, and more than 30% are taking classes only online.

In fact, the number of UIS students taking online classes has increased each semester for the past 20 semesters. Reporter Chris Dettro took a look at the subject in an article than appeared in the April 24, 2008, State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Schroeder works to expand access through online learning

Ray Schroeder, director of UIS' Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning, believes that e-learning is key to expanding future access to higher education. Therefore, he is playing an integral part in the effort to establish a national online learning consortium to serve small and mid-size colleges and universities.

In February, Schroeder was in Washington to speak with administrators and staff of that state's Higher Education Coordinating Board and to share UIS' experiences with developing online initiatives.

The February 2008 edition of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board Update profiles Schroeder's visit.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

UIS Online featured on NPR

UIS Online featured prominently in a two-part report on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on November 28 and 29.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

UIS receives award for online education

UIS has received national recognition for promoting online education. The Sloan Consortium, based in Needham, Massachusetts, honored UIS with the Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning Program award.

The Springfield, Illinois daily newspaper, the State Journal-Register, featured the award in an article on October 23, 2007.

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