The Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) is a self-supporting unit within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. CADE partners or contracts with university, government and non-profit organizations to provide web-based solutions to meet a variety of educational, training, research and administrative needs. These collaborations include the creation of interactive online training modules, the design and development of web sites, simulations, games and virtual worlds, multimedia production and webcasting, course registration and learning management system construction, web-based programming and database connectivity, and online data gathering and analysis.
CADE is also actively involved in advancing online opportunities in the areas of public health, medicine, oral health, pharmacy and nursing. The Center's experience ranges from online continuing education and professional training to multimedia webcasting and research data management, analysis and presentation. CADE employs over thirty personnel, operates dozens of its own servers, and has completed hundreds of unique online projects since its formal inception in 1998.
By expanding into new and emerging technological fields, CADE has managed to sustain continued growth in terms of personnel, annual revenue, client base and number of simultaneous projects.
All professional full-time staff at CADE have college degrees. Given the technical nature of CADE's activities, most of the staff have been recruited from their respective specialist fields: Web Design and Project Management group come from the graphic design, instructional design, programming, usability and project management professions; the Multimedia
and Webcasting staff come from professional audio-video industries; the Research
Data Management staff have epidemiology, statistics and programming backgrounds; the Public Health Preparedness team have public health backgrounds; the Information Technology team have computer engineering, programming, IT, and MIS expertise.