Ray Schroeder

  Online Learning

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Daily Curated Reading Lists by Ray

Authorship & Co-Authorship/Selected Book Chapters

Leading the e-Learning Transformation of Higher Education, First Edition Fall 2014

Leading the e-Learning Transformation of Higher Education, Second Edition 2020

Change We Must: Deciding the Future of Higher Education (co-author Vickie Cook) 2016

Handbook of Distance Education, Fourth Edition (co-author Vickie Cook) 2019

A Guide to Administering Distance Learning - "Leadership for Online Learning" chapter Brill/Sense  8/2021
AECT Division of Distance Learning BEST BOOK Award 2022

From Grassroots to the Highly-Orchestrated: Online Leaders Share Their Stories of the Evolving Online Organizational Landscape in Higher Ed (Foreword) OLC Press 

Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions )Foreword ) 12/2022
LearnX Learning Technology Innovation Award in the category of Best Learning & Talent Technology, Diamond level
Chief Learning Officer Magazine Learning in Practice Award, Technology Award, Gold level, Division 2 category

Selected Awards

Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Johnny Appleseed Award 2018

for giving life and leadership to the distance teaching and learning profession

Professor Emeritus of Communication
July 1, 2001

  Brief Bio

Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Fellow at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).  Ray began his academic career in 1971 as an Instructor in the College of Communications at the University of Illinois.  He left Urbana in 1977 to become an Assistant Professor in Communication at Sangamon State University (which became UIS in 1995).  His career and publications focus on the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

Ray founded the UIS Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning (OTEL) in 1997.  OTEL later became the Center for Online Learning Research and Service (COLRS), combining support for the essential online faculty responsibilities into one unit.  The unit has received numerous national grants and awards.  It supports 26 online graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the “Best Online Colleges” by US News.  UIS delivers some 500 online classes each semester to students in 48 states and 10 countries.

Schroeder’s recognitions include:

·         2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing more than 20 years of leadership in the field

·         2016 United States Distance Teaching and Learning Association Hall of Fame Award for significant contributions to the field of distance learning through leadership, technology, research and teaching

·         2016 Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award as Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education by the American Journal of Distance Education and the University of Wisconsin, Madison

·         2014 Past Presidents’ Award for Outstanding Service from the Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education

·         2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning, UPCEA

·         2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award

·         2010 Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education, the Sloan Consortium

·         2010 Inaugural Sloan Consortium Fellow

·         2002 Outstanding Achievement in Asynchronous Learning Networks – Sloan Consortium

Ray publishes to an array of social media outlets with more than 12,000 daily readers to his publications. He has co-authored multiple chapters and numerous papers over the past 20 years.  A frequent keynote speaker, Schroeder is well-known nationally and internationally for his knowledge and writings in technology-enhanced learning.  

Recent Presentations

January 2022

January 2021

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