IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU! You don’t have to leave home to go to college. Bring the classroom to the comfort of your home, office, coffee shop or any place there is internet access. In your virtual classroom, course instruction and student/teacher interaction could occur through e-mail, electronic forums or bulletin boards, video conferencing, chat rooms, or instant messaging. Online learning or “e-learning” provides access to a much wider range of options for your education.
Our member institutions offer a wide range of fully-accredited online courses and programs in many subject areas for both graduate and undergraduate students. Some courses run on a traditional academic calendar, some on accelerated calendars, and some courses are even self-paced.
Is Online for you?
A 2009 Sloan Consortium Study of online learning indicates that 4.6 million students (more than one in four) have already answered “Yes” and the trend is rising rapidly.
If you are considering an online course or degree program, you probably have a lot of questions: How much time will I need to allow? Will I miss the face-to-face interaction with other students? Do I need to be highly motivated to succeed?
- The University of Illinois Online website has links to several tools you might use to assess your readiness for online courses. Visit U of I Online Resources
- This short video shows students telling why they found online education a great choice.
- Northern Illinois University’s demo provides a look at an online course format similar to many of the programs offered through University Center.
- Get some advice for online learners from a blog post that compiles the thoughts of faculty and students on what students should know when the are new to online or blended programs.
You will find the online programs that we judged to be of particular interest to the Lake County region described individually on the Find a Degree page. However, our member institutions have an even wider range of options. Linked below are their catalogs of online programs.
Online support at UC
- Our Recruitment Specialist/ Advisor and Distance Learning Librarian are available to online students.
- Computers with internet access are available at both Grayslake and Waukegan for students who are enrolled in online courses through one of our member institutions.
- Exams can be proctored at both the Grayslake or Waukegan offices. Contact Judy Lorenz (847/665-4006) to arrange for exam proctoring.
- Visit our Current Student page for a full list of services for enrolled students.