Illinois Online numbers infographic
Data as of May, 2019


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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
  • 1,745,574 Active Learners
  • 89 online degree and certificate program options from 12 different academic colleges.
  • 3,675,725 learners in Illinois Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) from over 204 different countries
  • 4.61 / 5.0 average MOOC course rating
  • Students from 60+ countries studying in our online degree programs.
  • 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
  • 600+ online courses offered in AY19
  •  9,860 enrollments in Illinois online Summer courses, up 20% from AY18