Tuesday, September 21, 2010

UIS takes top honors in online learning

The University of Illinois-Springfield has been honored with two awards for its online learning opportunities. The awards come from the Sloan Consortium, a national group of online educators.

The online Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership program at UIS is this year's recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Online Program Award. The program, in its 10th year, is designed specifically for educators in a classroom situation who want to take on leadership roles. Since 2001, nearly 600 teachers have obtained their masters degrees in the Teaching Leadership program.

Ray Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at UIS is the recipient of the inaugural Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. The award is the highest individual recognition offered by the Sloan Consortium and was voted on by a committee of leaders in higher education. Schroeder says Mayadas is known as the father of online learning.

The awards were featured in a September 21, 2010, report by WUIS Public Radio.

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