Online Learning

IU Bloomington’s commitment to developing effective online learning resources reflects several complementary priorities: affordability, accessibility, effective use of teaching technologies, and ongoing education. Well-designed online courses, many of which are integrated with on-campus components, have the potential to reduce costs while providing flexibility, engaging learners, and attracting students throughout the world.

IU's Strategic Plan for Online Education is available here. School of Informatics and Computing Dean Robert Schnabel led the university-wide study to develop the plan. 

Learn more about university-wide online education initiatives at the IU Online website. A report on the university's plans for online education can be found here: Moving Forward with Online Education.

IU Bloomington: Online Education Leader

IU Bloomington's online programs in business and education are ranked among the best in the nation, ahead of all other Big Ten schools. Learn more about the School of Education's programs at and the Kelley School of Business programs at

Watch: Town Hall Meeting for IU Online

A town hall meeting was held on April 5 in the IMU Georgian Room to introduce IU Bloomington faculty and staff to the IU Online initiative and answer questions about online teaching and learning at IU.

To view the archived video of the event, click here.

Follow-up questions may be directed to Vice Provost for Stratetic Initiatives M.A. Venkataramanan, 

Online Masters and Professional Programs

The Office of the Provost supports an initiative to enable each of IU Bloomington’s professional schools to develop an online masters program or professional certificate. Currently, the School of Education, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Kelley School of Business offer online master’s degrees. Schools expected to begin or complete the development of programs within the next year include the School of Global and International Studies, School of Journalism, Maurer School of Law, and School of Informatics and Computing.

Online Course Offerings

IU Bloomington is steadily increasing its online course offerings and is currently administering approximately 75 online courses in graduate and undergraduate areas of the School of Education, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Kelley School of Business.

Bloomington faculty interested in creating or expanding online courses have access to abundant resources through the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, including its Institute for Designing Online Courses, and to the Online Instructional Design and Development Office through University Information Technology Services.


IU Bloomington has begun piloting several Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) taught by tenured faculty members. Offered through the Google online teaching platform that supports Stanford University, these pilot programs enable IU to test, develop, and refine its approach to this rapidly expanding area of higher education.

School of Library and Information Science Professor Katy Börner provided a free Information Visualization MOOC earlier this semester.

Forthcoming MOOCs include courses from Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Informatics Geoffrey Fox and Daniel Hickey, associate professor in the School of Education and director of its Learning Sciences program.