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.
first course in the series, an eight-week class entitled Online Learning:
Overview, was introduced in the Spring
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. By the end of 2010, MVCR has served more than 7,000 participants from 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.
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.
Experience 2002 Survey
MVCR Course Evaluations Summary
The MVCR program has also won various awards including the WebCT
Exemplary Online Education Resource for 2000 (a program they have
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
Learn 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.
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.
Scott Johnson, Program Coordinator/Director, Illinois Online Network
807 S. Wright Street, 370 (M/C 307)
Champaign, IL 61820
Scott B. Johnson Email
Course Developers (listed alphabetically):
Jeffrey Bathe, Kankakee Community College, Illinois
Anita Crawley, University of Illinois
Norman Garrett, Eastern Illinois University
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
Jason Rhode, Northern Illinois University
Tracey Smith, Lewis and Clark Community College,
Iris Stovall, University of Illinois
Virgil Varvel, University of Illinois
Mary Wall, Atlantic Cape Community
College, New Jersey
Learn more about our current instructors.
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
807 S. Wright St. Suite 370
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-4393 Toll -free 877.775.8345
Fax: (217) 333-5581
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