Dear Commons Community,
Since Monday I have been traveling/visiting at the University of Illinois – Springfield. Putting aside the time I spent in airports, the trip was enjoyable. On Monday, my connecting flight to Chicago which eventually would have gotten me to Springfield at 1:30 in the afternoon was canceled and I had to rebook a flight via St Louis instead. I did not get to Springfield until 2:00am on Tuesday morning. I was in Springfield at the invitation of colleagues Ray Schroeder and Karen Swan. It was a good couple of days discussing with administrators, faculty, students and public school teachers, issues related to online and blended learning. Springfield has developed a number of excellent online programs and is enrolling students from throughout the U.S.A. and beyond. Their story is remarkable given that a relatively small college (about 5,000 students) in a period of ten years was able to mount a major initiative to become a nationally recognized, high-quality online learning provider.