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Timeline of important events in ION's History


A collaboration between ten community colleges and the University of Illinois. Sylvia Manning, Charles Evans, Burks Oakley.

Illinois Online Network web site created providing information about the ION, documentation, workshop presentations, and links to useful software and to online courses that represent best practices.

First on-site workshop given.


Creation of a mailing list for disseminating information to ION faculty, administrators, and technical staff.

The first Faculty Summer Institute was held in Champaign, IL (May).


"Online Learning: an Overview," the first course developed for the Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality online program was offered for the first time in the Spring of 1999. The course was taught by Jennifer Lieberman.

Technology Tools for Online Learning (Fall) and Web Design Principles for Online Educators (Fall) were introduced into the MVCR program.

The first "Pointer and Clicker" article was published on the ION Web site.


Student Assessment for Online Courses (Spring), Online Learning: An Overview for Administrators, Issues and Strategies for Faculty Training (Spring) were introduced into the MVCR program

MVCR courses taught by Adjunct Instructors. Mike McNett taught OO in the spring of 2000.

MVCR Courses are offered for Continuing Education Unit credit.

Virtual Guest Lecturer Series – As part of the MVCR online courses, ION has begun publishing a series of virtual guest lectures. The lecturers are all distinguished faculty members or staff who provide information about their area of expertise in online teaching and learning. After completion of the course, the lectures are available to anyone over the Internet.

The Illinois Online Network website was awarded the "Exemplary Online Education Resource award" by the WebCT Online Teaching and Learning Newsletter editors based on the "the depth and breadth of resources [the web site] supplies."

Case Studies in Online Education published for the first time (September).


Copyright, the TEACH Act, and Intellectual Property Issues in Education offered for the first time in the Spring. Encouraging Communications in Online Courses (summer), Practicum (summer), Instructional Design for Online Course Development (spring).

Master Online Teacher Certificate program announced. (January)

The first Faculty Trainer's Institute held in Champaign, Illinois. (January)

Website awarded Technology Source Spotlight Site for May/June 2001.

Impact Study conducted (September) to evaluate how MVCR and the FSI has affected faculty's development and delivery of online courses.


Multimedia Principles for Online Educators added in the Spring.

ION receives the award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development from the Sloan Consortium.

MVCR Courses available for academic credit through UIS.


In the summer of 2003, ION published a research paper on an overview of the evaluation of our program that led to the title of exemplary faculty development program by the SLOAN-Consortium.


Time Management for Online Instructors offered for the first time in the spring. Tutoring Online: Principles and Practice offered for the first time in the summer. Advanced Online Seminar program begins.

ION begins Faculty Development Community of Practice.

ION begins using Elluminate Live to deliver real-time virtual discussion and interaction in MVCR courses.


ION begins to use Moodle as the Course Management System for the MVCR program.

ION offers first Webinar in April. Kevin Johnson presents on Icebreakers.

ION Instructor Virgil Varvel wins WebCT Exemplary Course Award.


ION hires new administrative program coordinator to assume operations management.


ION offers first Social Networking for Online Learning seminar, Blended/Hybrid Learning, Global eLearning, Mobile Technologies in Online Learning, and Supporting Students Online courses.


ION adds Administrator of Online Learning Seminar, Administration of Online/Distance Programs, Online Learning: Essentials for Administrators, Quality Assurance and Accountability in Online/Distance Learning, course.


ION adds Librarians and Instructors--Collaborating in the Classroom Seminar, Practicum for Online Learning Administrators, Online Learning: Essentials, Sims, Labs, and Virtual Reality in Online Learning, and Universal Design Principles for Online Learning courses. First COLA certificates expected.


ION issued first Certified Online Learning Administrator certificates and adds Advanced Blended/Hybrid Learning Design and Practice and Blended Learning: Essentials. ION moves MVCR Moodle host to Learn@Illinois, the LAS Online home of U of Illinois Champaign Urbana.

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