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Indiana University Takes Steps to Expand Its Online Offerings

Indiana University has announced the launch of IU Online, an initiative to help accelerate the creation and delivery of online courses and degree programs, as well as extend the global reach of the university.

More than $2 million from an initial $8 million investment will be used to support the development of online programs across all IU campuses. Additionally, the money will be used to hire online instructional designers and technologists, expand hardware and software systems, and fund the school’s new Office of Online Education, which will be in charge of all the school’s online activities.

As part of the initiative, regional campuses will seek to convert their on-campus programs to online formats, and IU Online will make certain courses available throughout the year as well as consider creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

“The new IU Online initiative will enable us to marshal our renowned academic and technological resources to expand existing online programs and develop new offerings that are geared toward improving student learning, encouraging greater undergraduate degree completion, strengthening the state’s workforce and reaching new populations of students in Indiana, nationally and internationally,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a press release.

IU Online currently offers students a bachelor’s in business administration as well as an undergraduate certificate program in business foundations. IU plans to make new online courses available for undergraduates and high school students by summer 2013. Additionally, IU Online plans to increase its online degree offerings in business by fall 2013.

Indiana University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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