LEEP Online Education

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LEEP Online Education is a distance learning program offered by the UIUC iSchool (formerly GSLIS [Graduate School of Library and Information Science]) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The LEEP program provides students who are not able to relocate to the Urbana-Champaign area a means to attend the university's ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Information Science or Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program. The program, and the iSchool overall, is ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.


The acronym LEEP originally stood for Library Education Experimental Program. Founded in 1995, the program is no longer considered experimental.[1]


LEEP differentiates itself from other distance learning library and information science (LIS) programs through the integration of brief periods of on-campus participation, Internet instruction through synchronous sessions, and independent learning. Off-campus students attend classes via the school's Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VIS) and the Blackboard Collaborate platform. With the 21st LEEP cohort, beginning in the summer/fall of 2016,the on-campus participation was condensed to a weekend program (as opposed to a week+).


  1. ^ Catherine A. Thompson, "LEEPing to an Advanced Library School Degree," New England Libraries, Vol. 2, No. 5 (June, 2006)

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