From the Chicago Tribune: A fourth campus joined the University of Illinois system on Wednesday, but there were no students hustling to get to classes or meeting up with friends on the Quad.

Instead, the approximately 15 students enrolled in the UI’s Global Campus will have virtual orientations to the online institution.

“It’s really not your traditional campus experience. What’s been developed is innovative and exciting,” said Becky Vinzant, director of student services for Global Campus.

The first two degree programs will be a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master’s of education in online learning, as well as a graduate certificate in the foundations of e-learning.

Students got access to class materials at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday; several logged in around 6 a.m. to download reading materials or video clips, said Chet Gardner, special assistant to UI President Joseph White on Global Campus.

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