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The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) series of online faculty development courses is designed to help students and faculty members acquire the skills and knowledge needed to teach and learn online, to help staff and administration support online education, to improve the quality of online education across the globe, and to research the online teaching and learning context.

The first course in the series, an eight-week class entitled Online Learning: An Overview, was introduced in the Spring of 1999. Since then, the MVCR catalog has continued to expand. Courses may now be taken for either Continuing Education Units (CEU's) or for college credit from the University of Illinois at Springfield. For more information about MVCR and how you can enroll, see the prospective students' section. To date, MVCR has served more than 9,000 participants around the globe.

The Master Online Teacher Certificate

The Master Online Teacher Certificate is a comprehensive faculty development program based upon the MVCR series of online faculty development courses. After successfully completing 4 required courses, one elective, and the Practicum, you will be awarded the Master of Online Teaching certificate.
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Program Quality

ION has conducted evaluations of its major programs including the MVCR courses to determine their effectiveness and to improve their quality. The results of those evaluations are presented below.

learn moreMVCR Experience 2002 Survey

learn moreMVCR Course Evaluations Summary

The MVCR program has also won various awards including the WebCT Exemplary Online Education Resource for 2000 (a program they have discontinued for the Exemplary Course Project) and the prestigious Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors, Virgil Varvel, won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

learn moreLearn more about the Sloan-C Award

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.

learn moreView ION's 2003 Research Report


The staff of the MVCR Program is comprised of an academic team from the University of Illinois as well as course developers and instructors from organizations across North America..

Emily A. Boles
Interim Program Coordinator, ION
1 University Plaza, MS-BRK 425
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-8650

Course Developers (listed alphabetically):

Marcia Ashbaugh, University of Illinois
Jeffrey Bathe, Kankakee Community College, Illinois
Anita Crawley, University of Illinois
Norman Garrett, Eastern Illinois University
Leaunda Hemphill, Western Illinois University, Illinois
Kevin Johnson, University of Illinois
Scott B. Johnson, University of Illinois
Michael Lindeman, University of Illinois
Susan Manning, Waubonsee Community College, Illinois
Michael McNett, Oakton Community College, Illinois
Jason Rhode, Northern Illinois University
Tracey Smith, Lewis and Clark Community College, Illinois
Iris Stovall, University of Illinois
M. Uri Toch, College of Lake County, Illinois
Virgil Varvel, University of Illinois
Mary Wall, Atlantic Cape Community College, New Jersey

Course Instructors:

Learn more about our current instructors.

Contact Information

If you need additional information about MVCR policies, courses, or any other topic, please feel free to contact the MVCR team. The team can be reached via phone, fax, letter, or e-mail using the following contact information.

Illinois Online Network
1 University Plaza, MS-BRK 425
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-8650

or questions about MVCR Registration:

For technical help:

Contacting an Instructor:
To contact a course instructor directly, please refer to the information for the particular course. If you are currently a student, this information is provided with the course materials. Otherwise, refer to our instructor pages.

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