UIC ION Training for Online Teaching

ION Professional eLearning Programs


UIC is partnering with UIS to offer FREE online professional learning courses through the Illinois Online Network (ION). Over 600 UIC instructors and teaching assistants completed the course last summer. We are hoping to top that number in 2021!

For instructors at UIC who are new to online teaching, please consider enrolling in the following 8-week course:

  • Overview of Online Instruction

This course provides an introduction to online teaching emphasizing key aspects of asynchronous course design and learning facilitation. This course runs from June 7 – July 31, 2021.  Please see course descriptions below for more information.

For instructors at UIC who are interested in advancing online teaching competencies, please consider enrolling in any one of the following courses, most of which are 8-week courses and one of which is a 4-week course:

8-Week Online Courses

(June 7 – July 31)

  • Blended Learning Design & Instruction
  • Student Assessment for Online Courses
  • Universal Design for Online Courses
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development

4-Week Online Course

(June 7 – July 3)

  • Creating Accessible Videos
ION Professional eLearning Programs

In all ION courses, participants will actively discuss, through asynchronous engagement strategies, topics related to online instruction and collaborate with peers in projects that analyze and assess online course design elements and technologies.

To enroll in these courses, you must register in advance.

Click on the jumbo link below to access the UIC ION course registration page.  First you will need to create an account. Next, you may select and register for one course from those listed.  Please read and follow all instructions during the registration process, which will allow UIC to cover the course fee charge applied to your account.

Spots for the UIC ION courses are offered to instructors at UIC on a first-come, first-served basis, so please do not delay submitting your registration.

All registration questions should be directed to ion@uis.edu.  Thank you!


Additional Details

Enrollment: Limited to one course per individual during summer 2021.

Eligibility: UIC instructors and teaching assistants (who are primary instructors) are eligible to enroll. Priority enrollment will be given to those who are actively teaching online at UIC this summer and those who are teaching or supporting instruction/ course development (including Course Builders) at UIC in the fall. If you are uncertain about your eligibility to enroll, please email us at teaching@uic.edu.

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week to complete assignments

Cost: The course fee is covered by UIC for those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Delivery: Asynchronous (no set meeting times) in Moodle, a learning management system like Blackboard.  The course content is about online teaching pedagogy, not the mechanics of the learning management system.

Credit/Grades: This is a non-credit course graded on the pass/no-pass system.  If you are currently enrolled in a University of Illinois program, this course will not affect your GPA.

Course Materials: You will have access to the materials for the course you take long after it ends so you can utilize the resources from it in the coming year.

Course Descriptions

8-Week Online Courses

(June 7 – July 31, 2021)

Overview of Online Instruction

This 8-week course is an introduction to online instruction for the purpose of providing a quality education in a remote setting. As an overview, a number of typical issues relevant to those who instruct in this environment are addressed. Participants will actively discuss topics related to online instruction, learning, facilitation, design, and student/instructor adaptation to the online environment. Quality online courses connect participants to the resources that lead to construction of knowledge and problem solving for real-world tasks.

Blended Learning Design & Instruction

This course is an overview of blended learning, a strategy that combines online and traditional instruction. Participants will actively discuss topics related to blended learning and will collaborate with peers in research, analysis, and assessment of blended course design elements and technologies. There are opportunities for practice with the blended techniques as well as exercises in planning the curriculum for including the blended modalities.

Student Assessment for Online Courses

Assessment theory is explored, focusing on the applications to online education and the necessary adjustments needed when evaluating students in online courses. The course is designed to provide students with opportunities to apply online student assessment concepts to their particular areas of interest in online course development.

Instructional Design for Online Course Development

(recommended for returning Course Builders)
Participants will discover and discuss concepts, ideas, and strategies that lead to the effective design of an online course.

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(8-week courses continued)

Universal Design for Online Courses

In this hands-on course, you will discover how the principles of universal design can help you create course content that can be accessed and used by anyone, including people with disabilities. By the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of universal design principles for online learning, know potential accessibility/usability issues that need to be considered in course design, and be able to create more accessible/usable course content.

4-Week Online Course

(June 7 – July 3, 2021)

Creating Accessible Videos

The purpose of this course is to introduce storyboarding, video production, and video accessibility. Participants will discover and discuss issues in accessibility, as well as learn how to caption external videos and create accessible videos.

Preview of Fall Online Course Option

Pending interest and available resources, UIC instructors may also be able to enroll in a fall ION course that starts August 23, 2021:

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If you are interested in participating in this course, please email us at teaching@uic.edu with the subject line “Interested in Fall ION Course.”

Cultural Responsiveness for the Online Classroom

The is a new course offered through ION and is designed to assist instructors in finding ways to implement cultural responsiveness into the online learning environment. Content and conversations will explore ways to (1) empower students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural exercises and (2) to establish inclusion, implement authentic assessment, and assess bias in the online classroom.

Pending demand, we will explore funding support for UIC instructor enrollment and participation.