The following is an excerpt of a State Journal-Register column published on March 10, 2023, written by Michele Gribbins, director of the University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS).
"Since its conception, the University of Illinois Springfield has excelled at serving community college graduates and adult learners. Supplementing our on-campus program offerings with online courses in the late 1990s was a natural extension of the mission of UIS. With our 52 online undergraduate and graduate programs, we are celebrating 25 years of UIS being a pioneering leader in the field of online learning.
Online learning at UIS today looks a bit different than it did 25 years ago or even 10 years ago. The delivery of online course content has evolved from text-based to rich media, such as the weekly videos that assistant professor Livia Woods creates for her English classes that are tailored to students’ recent writings and online discussions."