FAQs

What is the Speaker Series? 

The Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series is a one-hour course that is part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) curriculum, the distinctive set of courses taken by undergraduates at UIS to foster the appreciation for and practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world.

For one hour of credit over the course of the semester, students will participate in four campus-sponsored events presented by speakers who exemplify engaged citizenship.  After each event students participate in a discussion forum by responding to discussion questions and commenting on other student posts about the event on the course Blackboard site.  At the end of the semester students write an integrative essay about their experiences.  Other than an introductory class meeting, there are no regular classroom meetings for this course.  No textbook is required.

Who should take the Speaker Series course?

All undergraduates completing a degree (on-ground and online) at UIS must take one hour of Speaker Series.

When should I take the Speaker Series course (UNI 301)?

This course may be taken in any semester during a student’s baccalaureate experience, but students should plan to complete the Speaker Series requirement while taking or after having completed at least one other ECCE course (100-level Comparative Societies Humanities, Social Science and Capital Scholars Honors Program courses count for this requirement).

When and where does the Speaker Series class meet?

Students will attend a minimum of four Speaker Series events of their choosing out of approximately ten to twelve events scheduled during the semester.  Students taking the class on the UIS campus will be required to attend one 60-minute class meeting at the beginning of the semester to review the syllabus, class policies, and introduce the Blackboard site.  Several of these introductory meetings will be held within the first two weeks of the semester on different days and times, including evenings, to accommodate students’ schedules.  After the initial classroom meeting, Blackboard software will be used to track student progress in the course.  Online students will be oriented via Blackboard courseware.

 What are Speaker Series events?

Each semester the Speaker Series course will feature campus sponsored events on a variety of topics that compliment the Engaged Citizenship Common Curriculum.  Participating speakers may be local, national, or international individuals or groups from a variety of disciplines.

 How do I find out what Speakers or Speaker Series Events are offered this semester? 

The schedule of Speaker Series events will change each semester.  Because Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, most events will also be advertised to the campus and local communities.  A schedule of Speaker Series events will be posted on our website.

Students currently enrolled in UNI 301 should refer to the event schedule posted on their course’s Blackboard site because there may be certain events specific to UNI 301 students only.  If you are enrolled in the UNI 301 course, Speaker Series event details will be posted on the Blackboard site with announcements and email reminders sent to you.

 What are the course requirements?

Students must demonstrate the ability to learn from the events they attend by responding to Discussion Board questions and commenting on other student posts on Blackboard.  Upon completion of the four events, students compose an Integrative Essay that provides an overview of their Speaker Series experience and explores in depth how the events–both separately and together–reflect the definition of Engaged Citizenship.  No textbook is required for this course.

 Can I take the Speaker Series course online?

Online sections of the Speaker Series course are available only for students enrolled in online degree programs.  Online students participate in Speakers Series events through video on demand recordings based on the schedule of events for the semester.  All summer sections of Speaker Series are online and open to all students.

 How do Peoria Center students participate in Speaker Series?

UIS Peoria Center students may take the Speaker Series course online.  If you are a Peoria student and wish to take this course online instead of attending events in person, please contact Chasity Bree (cbree@uis.edu) for registration information.

 What if I have questions or need help?

All students enrolled in the Speaker Series will have access to an online Blackboard site.  Detailed course information, as well as event updates, will be available on the Blackboard site.  For questions about the course, contact your course facilitator.  For questions about events, contact speakerseries@uis.edu.

 Where are Speaker Series events held? 

Most Speaker Series events will be held on campus in Brookens Auditorium.  Check the event schedule posted on your course’s Blackboard site for more information.