17 Websites You Should Know About: Resources for Online Students and Alumni

Overhead view of UIS campus
Overall campus beauty shots from the tops of various buildings, Thursday, September 27, 2018.

ACADEMIC HELP

The Learning Hub

At the UIS Learning Hub, you can take advantage of one-to-one tutoring using Skype for Business or through an email appointment. Resources include academic help, videos, writing handouts, and testing/studying tips. Check out the Prezi presentation on managing an online class.

 

Online Learning Tutorials
A series of tutorials for prospective online students

 

Academic Accommodation: The Office of Disability Services
ODS is here to serve both online and on ground students, with many academic accommodations and services. Reasonable accommodations recommended for each student are based on an interview with the student and the documentation provided about a disability. If you believe you qualify for accommodations, please contact ODS.

TECHNOLOGY

UIS Information Technology Services
Consider ITS your first point of contact for technology questions, problems and issues. You can find hours on the ITS Client Services page, phone and email access and much more. ITS helps an average of 3,387 students each day, so don’t hesitate to contact them. The Instructional Support and Training page also has a wealth of information.

 

On-Demand Technology Training: lynda.com
This valuable resource is available to anyone with a UIS Net ID and can be accessed from anywhere at any time. If you have a question on how to format a paper in Word you are finishing up one night, simply log into Lynda and search for a video that will show you exactly what to do. Lynda offers thousands of videos on many programs for all different levels of expertise, and users can even choose to work on complete courses and track their progress.

 

 

Free and Discounted Software: U of I WebStore
This service that offers more than 350 free and discounted software applications for UIS students and the software that allows users to access a virtual computer that runs all UIS licensed software. Choose “personal” Purchase Type and log in with your UIS Net ID and Password. Note: Office 365 download is free for UIS students.

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Brookens Library

UIS Brookens Library provides access to a collection of over 750,000 books and serials, including over 280,000 electronic resources. The availability of this robust digital collection, as well as the online help offered by Brookens librarians, makes the library a valuable resource for online students and alumni. Brookens also offers a series of tutorials created specifically for online students.

Financial Assistance

University Scholarships

More than 300 scholarships worth more than $630,000 are available to UIS students during the 2019-2020 academic year. Online students are eligible for many of these scholarships. Visit the financial assistance website for application instructions and deadlines.

 

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

The Career Development Center

This department offers help to online students as you work toward your career and professional development goals. For example, you can work with a career counselor regardless of your location, and the online CareerConnect system allows you to use career exploration tools and software, search and apply for jobs and internships, and register for online career development seminars, special events and counseling appointments.

 

LinkedIn: University of Illinois Springfield Career Insights
Through this social media platform, you can research UIS alumni by title, keyword, company, location, and year. LinkedIn is primarily a professional network where people can identify job listings, connect with recruiters and gather industry information and trends. (You’ll need to sign up for a free account with LinkedIn.)

 

Internships and Prior Learning

You can gain relevant experience toward your career by completing an approved internship at a location you choose.  Online students should follow the same steps as any other student for obtaining an internship and registering for the internship course.

 

Student Research and Scholarship Support

You can also prepare for your future employment by engaging in research. Visit the Student Research and Scholarship Support site to learn about opportunities and processes for undergraduate and graduate research. Find a mentor here, apply for a UIS grant here, and plan to present your completed research at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS), a two-day event in April (apply in November). Online students typically present their research via Skype or other programs. Here’s an online student testimonial. You can read about another online student, Jonathan Milton, doing research funded by the Army Research Laboratory (scroll down on the link).

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR UNIVERSITY

Student Government Association
Did you know that online students have their own senator? You can meet Nicole Watts here and check in on Student Government Association meetings if you would like.

 

The Journal
An independent, student-run, weekly campus newspaper of the University of Illinois Springfield. Along with news, features and sports, the newspaper publishes editorials and guest commentaries—submission guidelines here. How great to have an online students voice in the publication!

 

UIS Video on Demand
This link gives you access to many University events which have been recorded and stored for public viewing, including UIS music concerts, athletic events, SGA meetings, ECCE events, and more.

 

UIS Alumni Relations
At this website, you can learn about the many programs and services offered by UIS Alumni Relations, including updates on events—some of which may take place close to you—as well as links to the UIS Alumni Update, a monthly e-newsletter.

SCHOOL SPIRIT

Live-Stream UIS Prairie Stars athletics events