Virtual Campus Offers Complete Learning Environment

Career Education Corp. (CEC), a private for-profit company that offers post-secondary education in career-oriented disciplines, recently launched its virtual campus AIU Online (www.aiuonline.edu), a complete online learning environment contained within one integrated Web site. AIU Online provides students with a collaborative learning environment where they can work in teams on projects that simulate the kinds of situations they will face on the job. All aspects of the campus, including the enrollment and financial aid processes, are open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The campus includes a personalized Internet portal through which each student can monitor credit hours, the status of their student account, course schedules, grades and assignments. The student home pages include daily postings of the top five news stories from their field of study and general campuswide announcements. The virtual campus's online library, Cybrary, offers 1,900 full-text journals, a reference room, access to major daily newspapers and three librarians who are on call to assist with research questions. Students also have the option to access a history of all the library sites they've visited at any time. CEC currently offers a bachelor's degree in information technology through AIU Online and plans to offer a master's program in 2002. Career Education Corp., Hoffman Estates, IL, (847) 781-3600, www.careered.com.

Career Education Corp. (CEC), a private for-profit company that offers post-secondary education in career-oriented disciplines, recently launched its virtual campus AIU Online (www.aiuonline.edu), a complete online learning environment contained within one integrated Web site. AIU Online provides students with a collaborative learning environment where they can work in teams on projects that simulate the kinds of situations they will face on the job. All aspects of the campus, including the enrollment and financial aid processes, are open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The campus includes a personalized Internet portal through which each student can monitor credit hours, the status of their student account, course schedules, grades and assignments. The student home pages include daily postings of the top five news stories from their field of study and general campuswide announcements. The virtual campus's online library, Cybrary, offers 1,900 full-text journals, a reference room, access to major daily newspapers and three librarians who are on call to assist with research questions. Students also have the option to access a history of all the library sites they've visited at any time. CEC currently offers a bachelor's degree in information technology through AIU Online and plans to offer a master's program in 2002. Career Education Corp., Hoffman Estates, IL, (847) 781-3600, www.careered.com.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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