ION | Illinois Online Network

ION Overview

The 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 ION catalog has continued to expand. Courses may now be taken for either Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or for graduate credit from the University of Illinois Springfield. For more information about ION and how to enroll, see the Prospective Students section. To date, ION has served more than 9,000 participants in the U.S. and abroad.

The Master Online Teacher Certificate

The Master Online Teacher Certificate is a comprehensive faculty development program based upon a series 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. Learn more about the MOT

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.

The ION 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)
  • 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.


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..

Dr. Andrea Guerrero
Director of ION
1 University Plaza, MS-BRK 425
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-206-8650

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