ION | Illinois Online Network

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Any educational institutional can become an Illinois Online Network partner

The Illinois Online Network (ION) is a faculty development initiative, administered by the University of Illinois that provides comprehensive professional development opportunities in the areas of technology integration and online teaching. ION is a professional development initiative that has a direct, positive impact on the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of thousands of faculty members regarding integration of technology into teaching and learning.

ION invites all teaching/training organizations, colleges, and universities to join us in this award-winning service. The benefits of ION membership include:

Discounted registration fees for Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR)- a series of faculty development courses designed to help faculty members acquire skills and knowledge needed to teach online and integrate technology into classes. The courses also help staff and administration support online education. Completion of four courses, an elective course and a practicum results in the Master Online Teacher Certificate. Learn more...

Discounted registration fees for Advanced Online Seminars- Advanced Online Seminars are the next step of knowledge development beyond our more comprehensive MVCR courses. These courses cover specialized topics in depth or to a more technical degree. These courses are developed when a specialized need or high level of interest is seen within a given online teaching and learning topic. Learn more...

Prepaid Block Purchase MVCR discounts - Member institutions are eligible for additional discounts of 5 - 15% in the prepurchase of blocks of MVCR registrations, depending on the number of "seats" purchased. Purchase up to 24 registrations and get an additional 5% off; 25-48 registrations get 8% off; 49-99 registrations get 12% off; 100+ registrations get 15% off. Prepaid seats do not expire, but membership status must be maintained Learn more...

Access and discounted registration to Faculty Summer Institute- A conference that brings together faculty and staff to collaborate and learn. Topics focus on the integration of networked information technologies into the curriculum. Learn more...

Webinars- Online, interactive meetings to discuss issues and solutions for faculty, staff, and administration pertaining to technology integration and online learning. Learn more...

Member Reserved MVCR sections- Whole sections of MVCR courses may be reserved for partner institution participants.
Option One: Pay a fixed fee for an MVCR faculty member to teach your class.
Option Two: Provide your own MOT-qualified instructor. ION administers, hosts, and supports the entire registration and technical support process for $1000 per section.

Custom-made faculty training programs- Depending on your unique institutional needs, ION will assist in creating and delivering online faculty training to your faculty members. Contact ION for additional details.

Campus Visits- One-on-one, personalized presentations on your campus lead by Illinois Online Network staff. Learn more...

Member pricing on QOCI course evaluation- ION staff will conduct course evaluation review according to the ION Quality Online Course Initiative rubric as is, or how you modify it. Learn more...

Online Teaching Workshops - One to two-week workshops on Online Teaching topics by ION/MVCR staff/faculty on UI Urbana/Champaign campus (or mutually agreed alternate location) contact ION for cost estimate.

Representation on ION Steering Committee - Early announcements, Steering reports, and a voice in direction and priorities of ION development. Learn more...

Strategic Partnership - For accreditation, grant application, and other documentation needs, your institution establishes its intentions and implementation of effective, successful faculty development for online teaching.

The ION staff invite your institution to become a member of the Illinois Online Network. Click here to see more information regarding our membership fees. We look forward to working with you to help your instructors achieve their technology and online goals.

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