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Open Courses @ Illinois Springfield

  • University of Illinois Springfield
  • Welcome to the open course series from UIS.

    eduMOOC: Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow, our first open online course led by Ray Schroeder, enrolled more than 2700 students and focused on the future of online learning during Summer 2011.

    Matthew Holden, Jr. and Gwen Jordan will facilitate our second open course, The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed, during Spring 2013. Get started here or click on "The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed" (under "My Courses") on the right to self-enroll.

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    About UIS

    University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. Over 5,000 students enroll each year atUIS wordmark UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. UIS is a national leader in innovation and teaching in the online classroom.

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