General Information

About the Summit

Now in its fifth year, the University of Illinois Summit on Online Education is an annual gathering of educational researchers, teachers and practitioners who are involved with online education in all of its modalities. The Summit is an opportunity for colleagues to gather, discuss and learn from each other while being exposed to new and innovative ideas from internal and external perspectives.

We are excited to welcome Kevin Carey (New America, New York Times higher education columnist) as this year's keynote speaker. Past keynotes include: Daphne Koller (Co-Founder Coursera/Stanford), Sylvia Manning (President, Higher Learning Commission), Harrison Keller (Vice Provost for Higher Education Policy and Research, UT Austin), and Paul Litvak (Google Research/Education).

This year's theme is "Answering Your Burning Questions," and our goal is to do exactly that. If you have a question about online education, particularly related to economics, policy or pedagogy, please send it to

Who Should Attend?

All faculty, staff, and students, including online and innovative education coordinators, managers, instructional designers, policymakers, subject matter experts, technology coordinators, virtual instructors, and visionary leaders.

Why Attend?

Higher education has moved beyond acknowledging disruption and is now focused on strategically managing the rapid pace of change in our industry. At this year's Summit, we will discuss the innovations that will lead us into the next decade and beyond. Attendees can expect:

  • A deeper understanding of new and innovative research on teaching and learning;
  • An appreciation of the growing importance of data and analytics in higher education;
  • A call to action for women who are interested in technology;
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues that might lead to new collaborations;
  • Campus leadership's perspectives on our future directions; and
  • An opportunity for engagement with Paul Litvak and members of the new CITL unit
Attendees are welcome to come only for one presentation or stay for the whole event. We are planning to live stream the entire Summit, including the keynote and both roundtables. The Summit will also be recorded, with exception of the keynote.


This event is sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning and the Office of the Provost. It is co-organized by the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Graduate School of Library & Information Science.