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  • PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations), one of the world’s first computers for teaching and learning was created in 1960 and subsequently Many modern concepts in multi-user educational computing were created at Illinois, such as: discussion forums, message boards, online testing, e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, remote screen sharing, and multiplayer games.
  • 1995 was the first year Illinois offered a fully online course
  • 72,385 enrollments in Illinois online courses AY18, up 25% from AY17 and 71% from AY16
  • 94 online degree and certificate program options from 10 different academic colleges.
  • 3,200,000 learners in Illinois Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) from over 100 different countries
  • 4.5 / 5.0 average MOOC course rating
  • First university in the world to offer a MOOC-based degree with Coursera
  • 84% of Illinois winter online students felt the quality of interaction they had with their instructors was the same as or better than that in most face-to-face courses they have taken.
  • Launched in 1996, the School of Information Sciences’ online LEEP program, which offers a Master’s of Library and Information Science and is ranked #1 in the United States, was the university’s first fully online program
  • 11,874 enrollments in Illinois online Summer courses, up 19% from AY17
  • 617 online courses offered in AY17
  • Number of online degrees
    • 40 (39 Graduate, 1 Undergraduate)
      • Business - 2 (Both Coursera)
      • Engineering - 9 (1 Coursera)
      • ACES - 4
      • Education - 15
      • LAS - 4
      • LER - 1
      • iSchool - 2
      • AHS - 1
      • Social Work - 1
      • Media - 1
  • Number of online certificates
    • 48 (43 Graduate, 5 Undergraduate)
      • Business - 1 (Coursera)
      • Engineering - 15
      • ACES - 4
      • Education - 15 (1 Coursera)
      • LAS - 3
      • LER - 1
      • iSchool - 1
      • AHS - 3
      • Social Work - 0
      • Media - 5