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eLearning Overview

eLearning Services has more than 17 years of experience working with NIU faculty on developing online courses and grant funded development. We are an interdicplinary team of instructional designers, multi-media specialists and technology experts. We are the one stop shop for putting your courses online whether they are through a college or private business training, we've seen it all.

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The Department of e-Learning Services is committed to increasing access to a college education, improving student-learning outcomes, and providing support for faculty in the development of quality online courses and programs.


The Department of eLearning Services is committed to student success by supporting university efforts to ensure that quality online education and support services are available to our diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We see it as our mission to provide the highest quality online learning opportunities to our students by supporting faculty and staff through: exemplary instructional design, appropriate integration of instructional technologies, professional interactive digital media development, and the deployment and support of new education and communication technologies.

Why is this important?

Online programs and courses at NIU are designed to offer today's busy adult students more flexibility in planning and completing a college education regardless of time and/or location. Students whose lifestyles are not conducive to a campus-based experience may be ideally suited to online learning. Online courses provide students that have jobs, child care or transportation issues, or are frequently required to travel, with a desirable alternative to the traditional campus experience.

In order to fulfill our mission, eLearning Services provides NIU faculty with:

  • Assistance and support from skilled instructional designers and multimedia producers in the development of courses, course materials, and the use of appropriate learning technologies;
  • Enhanced assessment of student learning outcomes;
  • A culture of leadership, academic excellence, and continuous improvement;
  • Support for the use of the Blackboard, Adobe Connect, mobile access and other technologies in both face-to-face and online learning environments;
  • Tools to support their online development and delivery;
  • Coordination and collaboration with our Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center;
  • Increased student retention and overall satisfaction with eLearning courses.


For NIU students eLearning Services strives to provide:

  • A learning environment that reflects the university’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Greater access to higher education resources;
  • Student services equal in content and quality to traditional educational/student services;
  • Informational resources for students enrolled in online courses;
  • Opportunities within our online courses for student/faculty interaction;
  • Reduced focus on place and time restraints for delivery of educational services;
  • Universal design to ensure access for all students (including those with disabilities);
  • Comparability to traditional on-campus classes through systematic planning and evaluation;
  • Quality educational programming.


For a quick glace at online courses offered in the coming months go to NIU Online Credit Course Catalog


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