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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Facilitation Support

Introduction This report is being published with the report, Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support. Both reports start with nearly identical introductions, literature reviews, and method sections. However, the subsequent… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Parental Engagement

Abstract Although policies aimed at increasing graduation rates in the United States can be divisive and politically charged, it is almost universally agreed upon that parental engagement will be a critical element in the solution. Unfortunately, the failure rates… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities

ABSTRACT In this research, we interviewed 12 online teachers and 12 on-site mentors who had high student pass rates in an attempt to identify the strategies that mentors used to improve student success in online courses. Online teachers believed… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support

This report is being published simultaneously with another: Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Facilitation Support.  While we had originally planned on publishing a single report, we found that the report was… Read more

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The Role of Online Teaching in Michigan Teacher Preparation Programs

Executive Summary Online learning enrollments are growing in Michigan year over year, and part of meeting the student demand for high quality online courses is training and certifying Michigan teachers with the requisite skills and knowledge to design online… Read more

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Learning Continuity: Planning Considerations for School Leaders

Introduction During the 2019-20 school year, Michigan schools faced extended closures due to inclement weather. Today, we face the possibility of mandatory closures due to future pandemic outbreaks in our communities. Increasingly, school leaders are recognizing the need to… Read more

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Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Introduction The field of online and blended learning has a rich history of pursuing personalized and competency-based education. As evidence, consider that at the time of writing this, iNACOL, a major advocacy organization in K-12 online and blended learning… Read more

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Research and Design of a Mobile Application for K-12 Professional Learning

Introduction Michigan Virtual staff have developed a digital mobile application for use by K-12 teachers. The application serves three basic functions: Serves as a platform for teachers and education professionals to network and connect to other professionals within their… Read more

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Engaging Teachers in Professional Development through Online Book Studies

The Initial Book Study Course: Teaching with Poverty in Mind In 2016, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asked Michigan Virtual to develop an experience that would extend the learning taking place at a state-wide school improvement conference to… Read more

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LMS Selection and Implementation: Michigan Virtual Case Study

Introduction As more and more schools are adopting the use of digital content to support their online and blended programs, schools and districts are raising the selection and implementation of an appropriate learning management system/platform (LMS) as a top… Read more

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Student-Centered Learning: In Principle and in Practice

What is Student-Centered Learning?  Student-centered learning is a philosophy or an approach to education that is designed to meet the needs of each student individually. In their post “What Exactly IS Student-Centered Learning?”, Harrington and DeBruler (2019) shared, “In… Read more

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K-12 Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 1-Instrument Development

Abstract The adoption of blended learning in K-12 schools is on the rise.  With this growth in demand for blended learning, there is a greater need to prepare teachers who can facilitate successful learning in these environments. In order… Read more

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Analysis of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Programs

Report #2: Programs Abstract Students and their parents may choose to enroll in online learning programs as supplemental support, a credit recovery option, or because they need the flexibility of a fully online program (Gemin, Pape, Vashaw, & Watson,… Read more

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Communicative Interactions with Teachers in K-12 Online Courses: From the Student Perspective

Introduction From kindergarten to high school learning, one of the largest potential factors impacting educational outcomes is how strongly a student is motivated and engaged in interactions with teachers in the classroom (Pianta, Hamre., & Allen, 2012). For instance,… Read more

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2017-18 Michigan Virtual Initiatives: Collaborative Partnerships, Credit Recovery, and Middle School Bundles

Introduction Based on feedback from existing district partners, as well as a desire to better serve customers by continuously improving upon existing products and developing new ones, Michigan Virtual launched three new products and services in the 2017-18 year…. Read more

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Learning Trajectories in Online Mathematics Courses

ABSTRACT Present research has devoted attention to a long-standing problem: how to better serve students who take K-12 online mathematics courses by investigating learner subgroups based on their semester-long learning trajectories. Mixture growth modeling was used to examine month-by-month… Read more

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Quality Assurance in K-12 Online Learning Programs: Michigan Case Studies

Abstract In the present study, case studies of three Michigan program providers are presented. Each represents a major program type–Michigan Virtual (supplemental), Westwood Cyber High School (alternative), and Michigan Connections Academy (charter). Four questions are addressed in each case… Read more

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Exploring Professional Discourse Using Data from Online Discussion Forums: Showcase of Three Methods

Introduction Being a professional does not mean simply having a degree or completing a credentialing process. Rather a professional is being a part of symbolic community where language functions largely in recurrent activities to exchange and also develop meanings…. Read more

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Engagement and Discourse of Educators through Online Professional Learning Communities

Introduction More and more professional learning is being delivered online, allowing for self-paced, on-demand access to a wealth of online courses and resources. This is not without pitfalls; technological issues can also create barriers, such as the increased emphasis… Read more

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Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2017

Past Reports  Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2016 Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2015 Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2014 Download the Report Introduction… Read more

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