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ION is on Twitter

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 CST

ION has joined twitter as a way to spread news and announcements (image)

Advanced Online Seminars at

Fri, 4 Sep 2009 00:00:00 CST

Even if you missed the new Mobile Learning Advanced Online Seminar this summer, there is another new AOS coming in October: Group Work Online. Dig into the reasons for using group work in online courses and how to do it effectively. Check the ION/MVCR online courses catalog for more information.

Elluminate Publish

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST

ION, as part of the U of I Global Campus, now enjoys access to Elluminate Publish and will soon install the Elluminate Moodle Bridge.

Policy and E-learning

Tue, 7 Aug 2007 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel of ION has published a chapter in the Sage Handbook of E-learning Research on Policy and E-learning

New Pointer & Clicker Article: The Making of a Podcast (Part 2)

Mon, 11 Jun 2007 00:00:00 CST

Part 2 of the Making of a Podcast Pointer gives a quick glance at creating your podcast rss feed and advertising it.

Web 2.0: What Does It Mean for Education

Fri, 11 May 2007 00:00:00 CST

Keynote address by Virgil Varvel discussing several Web 2.0 applications with attention to their impact in education

Frontiers Podcast 2

Mon, 5 Mar 2007 00:00:00 CST

In a recent debate, the speakers argued for and against the idea that cheating is rampant in online education. After an overview of the arguments from both sides, it is argued that cheating is an issue that will continue to be rampant in all education until cultural shifts occur.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: The Making of a Podcast (Part 1)

Wed, 28 Feb 2007 00:00:00 CST

After experiencing a new found appreciation of the possibilities of podcasts, Virgil presents an overview of the process of starting your own podcast from start to finish.

Frontiers Podcast 1

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 00:00:00 CST

Virgil and Kevin report on their experiences at eLearning 2007, including key points from sessions and interviews with some of the speakers and participants in ION's first Frontiers of Distance Education Podcast

New Pointer & Clicker Article: Keyboard Alternatives

Fri, 5 Jan 2007 00:00:00 CST

In this pointer article, we look at alternative keyboard layouts that are currently available.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: Online Instructor Competencies

Mon, 6 Nov 2006 00:00:00 CST

Volume 7 Issue 6 - Online Instructor Competencies Written By: Virgil E. Varvel Jr. This pointer lays out a long list of competencies that have been found to improve practice and student learning and satisfaction in online education.

Quality Online Course Rubric

Wed, 13 Sep 2006 00:00:00 CST

ION has taken the lead to develop a quality online course rubric and evaluation system in the state of Illinois. The goal of this project is to help colleges and universities to improve accountability of their online courses.

New Pointer & Clicker Article

Wed, 30 Aug 2006 00:00:00 CST

Volume 7 Issue 5 - Increasing Online Interactivity through the Use of a Database-Driven Lesson by Leaunda Hemphill & Jing Yu

New Pointer & Clicker Article: Creating Authentic Assessments

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 00:00:00 CST

In this Pointer, Lisa Bathe asks the question, "How do I ensure that the assignment I create is authentic?" 6 criteria are relayed that one should consider when creating an assignment. A before and after example is discussed followed by steps to create your own authentic assessments.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: Teaching with Podcasts

Fri, 30 Jun 2006 00:00:00 CST

Douglas Mills presents a report from the Teaching with Podcasts Learning Team at the 2006 Illinois Faculty Summer Institute. 5 Podcasts are presenting by the Learning Team Participants including What is Podcasting, What Is Involved in Podcasting, What Makes a Good Podcast, How to Podcast, and When and Why to Do a Podcast.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: Using the Information Mapping Method to Create Online Courses

Thu, 1 Jun 2006 00:00:00 CST

By: Norma Grassini-Komara This brief article presents the informtion mapping method and how it can be applied to online course design. Step-by-step instructions and an overview diagram are provided.

Copyright Issues for Educators

Tue, 30 May 2006 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel presents an Elluminate session on Copyright Issues in Education

Developing an Online Course in a CMS Framework

Thu, 6 Apr 2006 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel presented a workshop on best practices and tips when using a CMS such as WebCT and devloping an online course

New Pointer & Clicker: Marketing Your Online Courses and Programs

Wed, 1 Mar 2006 00:00:00 CST

This brief Pointer article presents some quick tips for marketing.

Organizational and Policy Issues in E-Learning

Thu, 9 Feb 2006 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel and Rae-Anne Montague provided an overview of common issues in e-learning.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: LEEP v. MOODLE

Fri, 2 Dec 2005 00:00:00 CST

This article takes a careful look from both a student and instructor perspective of how these two systems compare with particular attention to communication.

Instructional Design: Storyboarding

Fri, 7 Oct 2005 00:00:00 CST

A brief outline of the use and creation of educational storyboards.

Webinar Archive: From Onground to Online: Making the Transition

Sat, 1 Oct 2005 00:00:00 CST

Kevin Johnson introduces future online instructors to designing and implementing online courses starting with strategies for transitioning from onground to online. Participants left this session with activity templates they can use or reference upon returning to their classrooms.

New Pointer & Clicker Article: FERPA

Wed, 21 Sep 2005 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel provides an overview of privacy laws and situations related to online education

Tutorial: Using Moodle's Messaging Feature

Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:00:00 CST

Messaging is a new feature introduced in Moodle Version 1.5 which enables users to send private messages to other users. This document will describe the main components (The Message Block, The Messages Window) and functions of the Messaging feature.

Webinar Archive: Power Searching: A Learning-by-Doing Experience

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:00:00 CST

Want to enhance your online search skills and help your students develop their skills too? Join Dan Balzer and Dennis O’Connor for a “hands-on-the-keyboard” experience with searching digital resources.

New Pointer and Clicker Article: Webquests

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:00:00 CST

The instructional practice of Webquests are explored and their usefulness in online education.

Webinar Archive: ePortfolios

Fri, 29 Jul 2005 00:00:00 CST

Michael Lindeman discusses ION's implementation of ePortfolios.

Presentation: Providing Feedback Online

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:00:00 CST

Virgil Varvel presents 12 strategies for providing effective feedback in online courses

Presentation: Making the Shift to Online Education

Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:00:00 CST

Michael Lindeman presents strategies for transitioning from face-to-face to online teaching

FSI 2005 Presentations

Wed, 1 Jun 2005 00:00:00 CST

FSI 2005 Presentations now online

Webinar Archive: The Phenomenon of American Universities in the Arab World

Sat, 28 May 2005 00:00:00 CST

Dr. Guessoum and participants will discuss issues related to Higher education in the Arab World.

Pointer and Clicker: Moodling

Mon, 9 May 2005 00:00:00 CST

In this Pointer and Clicker, the ION Staff present an overview of Moodle, an open source course management system.

Pointer and Clicker: The Promise of Podcasting

Mon, 28 Mar 2005 00:00:00 CST

The Promise of Podcasting

Competency-Based Strategies to Effectively Prepare Faculty to Teach Online

Sun, 6 Mar 2005 00:00:00 CST

Competency-Based Strategies to Effectively Prepare Faculty to Teach Online

Facilitating at the Crossroads: The Emergence of Multiple Venue Productions/Presentations (MVPs)

Tue, 1 Feb 2005 00:00:00 CST

In this ION Case Study, Dan Balzer describes the logistical and pedagogical elements of facilitating a “multiple venue production/presentation” (MVP)