i-Learning Center

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i-Learning Center

The preeminent source for online veterinary education

Established in 2017 through a $1 million grant from the Investment for Growth Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the College of Veterinary Medicine i–Learning Center develops and delivers world-class educational opportunities designed to meet the individual needs of a diverse global audience.

The College of Veterinary Medicine i-Learning Center:

  • Delivers content that addresses vital societal needs worldwide, such as sustainability of food production, wildlife and environmental health, and emerging infectious disease;
  • Builds synergies within the college and across the campus by cultivating, guiding, and hosting a collaborative of content experts;
  • Employs best-in-class technology, materials, and pedagogies to create impactful educational programs that are scalable, flexible, and efficient.
  • Develops new graduate degree programs, educational materials, and elective courses; novel certificate programs; and online/blended continuing education offerings. In 2019 the i–Learning Center launched an online Master of Veterinary Science degree with a major in Livestock Systems Health. This 32-credit-hour degree program, taught by a team of food animal production medicine experts, delivers the knowledge and competencies required to address the worldwide problem of food security.

The learning materials developed for each program can be used flexibly to deliver a spectrum of educational products:

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are freely accessible
  • Elective for-credit courses within Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programs, both at Illinois and at other accredited veterinary colleges; the courses can be delivered entirely online or as material for a “flipped classroom” where students view online materials outside class to prepare for in-class activities facilitated by local faculty
  • Brief (5- to 15-minutes) online lessons, coordinated into 1-hour courses, addressing core competencies needed by veterinarians; this format appeals to busy practitioners with limited time away from the clinic and with immediate “just in time” information needs
  • A professional master’s degree that includes online discussion periods and a capstone project

Online learning platforms provide flexibility, efficiency, and scalability, enabling a common set of materials to be used with increasing sophistication with different levels of learners. For example, the learning objectives and activities surrounding a video that deals with respiratory disease might focus on “remembering and understanding” the information when used with veterinary students, while challenging learners in postgraduate training to “analyze and evaluate” the information.

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phone: 217-300-7439

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