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UIS Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning
Professor Emeritus
UPCEA Senior Fellow



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Selected Awards

Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award

DTL Apple Seed Award

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

University of Wisconsin Wedemeyer Award

Receiving USDLA Hall of Fame Award
Tomorrow's Treasures/USDLA

U of I Distinguished Service Award

sloan-c fellow award

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Recession Reality in Higher Ed
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Top Expert in eLearning and EdTech 

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Blog Awards 

EdTech's Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

UIS Online Awards

2008 Society for New Communications Research Award

Online Reputation Management

2008 Sloan-C Award for UIS

Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Learning

2007 Sloan-C Award for UIS

Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning

2002 Sloan-C Award

2010 Mayadas Award


A Record of Leadership in Technology and Online Learning


1984 Commencement Address 


2016 Keynote Rutgers Online Learning Conference “Students at the Center: Redefining Higher Education”

Brief Bio

Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Fellow, Founding Director of the National Council for Online Education 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.  

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