Professional Associations & Presentations

COLRS staff members conduct research in the field of online learning and regularly share results and best practices at national and international conferences, forums, and journals.  COLRS staff regularly serve and participate in national and state educational organizations, including University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Faculty Summer Institute (FSI), Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE), and Quality Matters (QM). They also regularly provide professional development workshops to other higher education institutions.

Please explore the links below to learn more about staff members’ involvement in professional associations and their presentations and workshops delivered.

Massive Open Online Courses from UIS

COLRS staff assist faculty members with their service projects, which has included assisting in the design and delivery of four Massive Open Online Courses at UIS.

The Innocence Movement

Dr. Gwen Jordan, an assistant professor of Legal Studies and staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project based at UIS, developed a course on the national Innocence Movement that launched February 2, 2015. Access the archived Innocence Movement open course.

One Patient – One Team: Palliative Care Approaches Across the Continuum

The Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and the University of Illinois Springfield collaborated on a MOOC on palliative care entitled, One Patient One Team – Palliative Care Approaches Across the Continuum.  The MOOC was launched in Spring 2015 and ran through Winter 2016.   Access the archived video playlist from the Palliative Care MOOC.

The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed


Matthew Holden, Jr. and Gwen Jordan facilitated our second open course, The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed, during Spring 2013.


""Our first open online course led by Ray Schroeder, enrolled more than 2700 students and focused on the future of online learning during Summer 2011. Access the archive of eduMOOC.