Early in 1996, the Presidents and Chancellors of Illinois public universities requested support from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for an Interinstitutional Faculty Summer Institute on Learning Technologies. The idea was to accomplish together what would be less efficient and effective for each campus to do alone. The institute proved quite popular with attendees and in fall 2001 it was decided to transfer funding to the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. FSI continues true to its original conception in this new mode.

Faculty members from across Illinois have come together on the Urbana campus to collaborate on the integration of networked information technologies into the curriculum. Each campus has sent a team of faculty members and instructional support personnel to the Institute. The goals of the Institute are:

  • To introduce faculty to the use of learning technologies such as the World Wide Web and asynchronous conferencing
  • To create a network for sharing in the development of the curriculum and use of learning technologies

The Institute is sponsored by:

CITES Educational Technologies
Chicago State University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University
Illinois State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Office of Continuing Education
The Regional Center for Distance Learning and Multimedia Development
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University Outreach and Public Service
Western Illinois University