Supporting Departments

Online, Professional, and Engaged Learning (OPEL)

Online, Professional, and Engaged Learning (OPEL) promotes learning through initiatives in four departments: Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS), Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE), Office of Engaged Learning (OEL), and Faculty Development Resource Office (FDRO).

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Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE)

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CAPE develops and delivers innovative programs through a demand-driven approach to address the education needs of professionals across a variety of businesses and industries. Learn more about continuing and professional education at UIS.

Primary audience: External Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals

  • Delivery of short-term professional education targeting specific skill-building
  • Administer continuing education units and digital credentialing
  • Coordination and delivery of requested business and professional services, including instructional design and digital accessibility remediation

Office of Engaged Learning (OEL)

globeOEL provides innovative experiential learning opportunities for a diverse student population through the Internship and Prior Learning Office and the Study Away Program. Learn more about engaged learning at UIS.

Primary audience: UIS Students, Employers

  • Support innovation in experiential and active learning
  • Administer UIS’s study away, internship, and service learning programs
  • Assist faculty with the development of international travel and educational experience for students
  • Organize visas for international scholars and visitors

Center for Online Learning, Research & Service (COLRS)

laptopCOLRS is the UIS hub for the study and application of online learning pedagogy, technology, and best practices related to online learning. Learn more about online learning support at UIS.

Primary audience: UIS Faculty

  • Online and blended pedagogical professional development and support
  • Instructional design consultation and peer review through the use of digital technologies
  • Consultation and support for the creation of digital instructional content
  • Digital accessibility professional development and document remediation
  • Consultation and support for high-quality digital learning environments
  • Conducts and supports research related to online and blended learning

Faculty Development Resource Office (FDRO)

bookFDRO supports world-class teaching by providing programming for current faculty, including online, part-time, and full-time faculty. Learn more about faculty development at UIS.

Primary audience: UIS Faculty

  • Administer faculty development workshop schedule
  • Repository of prior faculty development workshop materials