About Ray

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Brief Bio

Nationally respected and connected leader in higher education online learning, Ray Schroeder is Senior Fellow of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Professor Emeritus / Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).  After several years as an instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he came to  the university in Springfield 1977, beginning as assistant professor, then associate, then full professor, prior to becoming an emeritus professor in 2001.  During his tenure, he launched the online learning program at UIS in 1997.  He founded the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service and became Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning in 2013, a position he continues to hold. 

 The recipient of numerous national awards and citations for individual excellence and leadership from many associations and entities including the Sloan Consortium (OLC), US Distance Learning Association, American Journal of Distance Education, Illinois Council for Continuing Higher Education, University of Wisconsin and University of Illinois, Ray is the author of book chapters, articles, widely read blogs and social media feeds on news and research in online learning / educational technology.  Ray is a noted speaker, consultant, researcher, and author on topics related to online learning, emerging educational technologies, and technology-enhanced learning. 

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Deep Experience and Collaboration

Ray has 25 years of experience in conceptualizing, building, growing and administering a successful, highly ranked program with more than two dozen degrees and more than a dozen certificates fully online.  As a leader in the field, he has collaborated and consulted with scores of colleges and universities, both large and small, bringing them success by developing strategies and practices to initiate, advance and enhance their online programs in this increasingly competitive environment.  He works  directly with faculty members, staff members and administrators to build cohesive teams with a shared purpose and vision.  Ray cultivates unique and creative approaches to make your program or institution stand out among the competition. Fill out the brief form linked to Contact Us at the top of the page.

Conversations and Consultations

Ray is freely available to share just-in-time advice and perspectives built upon decades of experience and association with hundreds of online learning programs in higher education. He specializes in deep dives turning around enrollment declines, implementing improved practices and employing enhanced technologies and approaches to achieve desired outcomes.  He is a frequent writer, blogger, keynote speaker and national presenter on topics related to emerging technologies and the future of higher education.  Renown for his "power-pointless" presentations, Ray prepares dynamic, custom Web-based presentations to meet your needs.  Fill out the brief form linked to Contact Us at the top of the page.

College and University Leaders follow Ray

Thousands of leaders at higher education institutions follow Ray's postings and publications on a daily basis. Chances are that some of your most respected colleagues do just that.  They utilize Ray's open update feeds to stay abreast of the most relevant and important technologies, trends, and research filtered from the fire hose of new information each day. Many deans, directors and faculty members follow Ray on Twitter, LinkedIn and blog feeds (available as free daily emails). They are among the thousands of decision makers in our field who check in with Ray's postings each day. To join them, see the links to Ray's Daily Curated Reading List Blogs and the social media icons below.  All are free, updated daily, and spam-free.  Many also know Ray through his bi-weekly Trending Now column in Inside Higher Education and through his many other publications.

Daily Curated Reading Lists and Social Media

Blogs with daily updates on the field of online learning in higher education


Inside Higher Education "Trending Now" Bi-Weekly Columns

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