August 19, 2008

Distance education course offerings expand

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale students now have 100 opportunities to take college-credit courses without physically entering a classroom. The University’s Office of Distance Education has added several new classes from the agriculture, applied sciences and arts, business, education, liberal arts and science colleges to its online course list. And, more are coming soon.

The University has added classes to both the Individualized Learning Program (ILP) and the SIUConnected Online Semester-Based Program offerings. The distance education courses in both tracks provide full SIUC residential credit applicable toward a degree.

New additions to the ILP program are a web-based general biology course and a history course, “Independent Readings in U.S. History.” Enrollment for these and the many other ILP courses is open through the 12th week of the fall 2008 semester.

The SIUConnected Online Semester-Based Program expansion includes the marketing course “Business to Business,” ”Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology” and a pair of administration of justice courses, “Criminal Investigation” and “Ethics in Criminal Justice.” These courses and the other SIUConnected online courses follow the same semester calendar as the on-campus classes.

The distance class offerings feature a variety of print-based, web-based and online courses spanning a wide range from core curriculum to mathematics to political science and more. These classes continue to grow in popularity, enrollment and availability. Plans are in the works to add new English, history, anthropology and art classes in coming weeks and months.

For a complete list of the SIUC fall distance education courses, visit the SIUC Division of Continuing Education Web site at You can also get more information by calling 618/536-7751.