They are currently in the process of developing new online courses such as the technical support and expertise of Western’s Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) and faculty training by the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Research (CITR). WIU is likewise developing 11 new online courses like MUS 190 (What to Listen for in Music), SOC 300 (Minority Peoples), IDT 538 (Imaging Technology) and FIN 301 (Personal Finance Planning) that will be introduced this year.
The addition of new online courses paves way for Western Illinois University to accommodate more students. In fact, a total of 69 online courses will be offered this summer as compared to only 41 summer online classes last year. WIU even established several new partnerships with Illinois community colleges.
The WIU Provost and Academic Vice President, Jack Thomas believes that it is important for them to accommodate the needs of all of their students whether they are traditional students at Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, at an off-site location in Illinois or taking classes from the comfort of their home in Texas. And by increasing the number of their online courses, WIU is now more capable to provide educational opportunities to those individuals who may not be able to attend a class on campus.