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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

  • 56,036 enrollments in Illinois online courses AY17, up 33% 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

  • 10,062 enrollments in Illinois online Summer courses

  • 1,305 sections of 551 online courses offered in AY17