Faculty Support and Training

U of I Online Programs and Resources
Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality – a series of online training courses for any faculty member worldwide that want to acquire the pedagogical and technical skills needed to successfully build and teach their own blended or fully online courses.  The courses are available free of charge to UI faculty, and for a nominal fee to staff and academic professionals.  Anyone outside the UI system may enroll for a fee.

Online Teaching and Learning Resources
Student and Faculty Perceptions of the Quality of Online Learning Experiences
Re-Examining and Repositioning Higher Education: Twenty Economic and Demographic Factors Driving Online and Blended Program Enrollments
The Road to Retention: A Closer Look at Institutions That Achieve High Course Completion Rates
Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perceptions

UIUC Programs and Resources

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) - CITL uses leading pedagogical approaches, research-based methodologies, innovative instructional technologies, and comprehensive assessment practices to strengthen teaching efforts and improve student learning outcomes.
Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) – provides information technology services that support and enhance the educational, research and administrative activities of students, faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) – provides a variety of Web site, programming, and multimedia development, along with computer labs and support services for the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty and Staff Technology Training Team (FAST3) – formed in 1996, FAST3 is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training on computers, software, and related technology for the faculty and staff on the Urbana campus.
Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services – provides information and consulting on the accessibility of online educational materials for persons with disabilities.

UIC Campus Support Units
The resources below are for faculty employed by the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

Online Program Planning & Course Development:
External Education – Housed in Academic Affairs, External Education is the lead online support unit at UIC. Ex Ed assists with planning the development of online programs, including budgeting, instructional design for both online and blended courses, and marketing support.

Technical Support:
Instructional Technology Lab – free consulting, training, and access to special hardware (e.g. recording equipment) and software for UIC faculty; run by the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC).

Curriculum Support:
External Education has an in-house Instructional Designer and Master Online Teacher who can assist faculty members with course redesign for both online and blended courses.
Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), composed of faculty members who have been recognized for their demonstrated teaching excellence, provides a mechanism by which faculty, staff, and administrators can work collaboratively toward the improvement of instruction and the advancement of learning in UIC's culturally pluralistic community.

UIC Fee-Based Support Units
Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) – part of the UIC School of Public Health, CADE collaborates with units on and off-campus to develop online solutions to a variety of educational and business applications. This includes Web-based programming and database connectivity (e.g., active server pages, online surveys, etc.), live broadcasts of events, graphic design, animation and more. CADE will assist UIC faculty/staff in developing proposals and budgets that include these types of activities.
Engineering Media Services – Housed within the College of Engineering, the Engineering Media Services can help with a range of media solutions for course development, website development, and video services. Their range of services include video production, animated computer applications, webcasting, videoconferencing, satellite downlinks, and computer graphic design.

UIS Programs and Resources
Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) – is the UIS hub for the study and application of online learning pedagogy, technology and best practices.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) – the CTL serves both faculty and students at UIS. The Center supports activities that help faculty to enhance their roles as teachers, advisers, and scholars through its programs and workshops in writing across the curriculum, using technology to improve classroom teaching, and incorporating diversity into the curriculum.
Information Technology Services (ITS) – ITS advances the mission of UIS by ensuring reliable core systems and network infrastructure, excellent technology support, and assisting technology integration into the curriculum and business processes.


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