ION | Illinois Online Network


ION accomplishes its goals through the following services:

The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality Program

The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) program is a series of online courses for faculty, staff, and administrators aimed at developing an understanding of online pedagogies and technologies. Participants can earn the Master Online Teacher Certificate program after completing 6 online courses. Courses can be taken for academic graduate credit or CEU credit. Learn more…

Faculty Summer Institute

The Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) is an annual three-day conference on learning technologies for faculty, staff, and administrators. ION partially sponsors attendees affiliated with partner institutions. The program includes hands-on laboratory sessions in computer classrooms, discussion sessions and presentations on a wide variety of topics, round table discussions, electronic poster sessions, and social activities to allow participants to get to know and learn from one another. Learn more…

On-site campus visits

ION staff visit member institutions throughout the year. Lecture-discussion presentations include topics such as instructional design for online course design, making the shift to Web-based teaching, and copyright issues. On such visits we also visit with faculty, IT staff, and /or admin teams to discuss various. In some cases, ION staff provides the primary support for course management systems, web conferencing applications, and other educational software. Learn more

Award-winning Web site

ION staff maintains a resource-rich Web site containing many educational resources including articles, tutorials, and presentations about online teaching and learning.

Ongoing Research Projects

ION performs numerous surveys into online education. In addition to our various program evaluation surveys, we are presently conducting research into the practical effects of online education. Learn more...

Cost of ION Services

ION services are available to faculty, staff, and administration at founding partners at a highly discounted rate. Global ION Partner institutions also receive a discounted rate on MVCR registration and other services. All other individuals pay a per registration fee in MVCR courses. Contact ION for pricing.

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