Illionois Online Network - Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality

510 Devonshire, Suite H
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217.333.4393
Fax: 217.333.5581


The Illinois Online Network (ION) is a partnership between the University of Illinois and forty-eight community colleges in Illinois to provide faculty development in the area of technology-enhanced and online teaching and learning for community college faculty. ION has provided online faculty training for over 1000 instructors with its Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) series of courses. The ten MVCR courses provide community college instructors the opportunity to experience the virtual classroom as a student, while learning about appropriate pedagogies and technologies for online instruction. Instructors who take six core courses, an elective, and the project-based Practicum receive the Master Online Teacher certificate awarded by the Illinois Online Network and University of Illinois Online. The instructors are current or former community college faculty who have taken MVCR courses themselves. 

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