Quality Comes First
Northern Illinois University believes that a quality education begins with quality instruction. That’s why NIU’s online courses are designed by the same distinguished faculty and staff who teach traditional face-to-face courses. Instructors bring their professional experience and extensive academic backgrounds into the world of online learning. Regardless of delivery mode, you are receiving the same high quality education NIU is known for.
Throughout the course development process, instructors work with instructional design experts from NIU's eLearning Services to ensure that they make the best use of technology to deliver dynamic and engaging courses. Our instructional designers have won awards and given presentations on how instructional design enhances learning.
NIU is a Quality Matters subscriber, joining 700 institutions world-wide to ensure that all the courses and programs offered through NIU Online follow the best practices in online learning supported by current research in the field.
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College of Education's online graduate programs among the nation's top four for the third year in a row -- a tradition of excellence! Read more.
Meet Bradley Hawk, one of our exceptional online educators.
Leadership, Educational Psychology & Foundations
Bradley Hawk has been developing online courses for NIU’s School Business Management program for the past three years. Hawk came to NIU after retiring from his long-held position as a superintendent. “I see these classes as my legacy,” says Hawk. “After working in school management for so long, I wanted to give back to the field and help train the next generation of professionals.” Read more.