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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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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 On-Site Mentoring

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional… Read more

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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: 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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Supporting Online Learners: Michigan Mentor Program Case Studies

A mentor can make all the difference whether you’re a new employee on a job or a young person looking for guidance from a caring adult. In online learning, a good mentor can be the difference between passing and… 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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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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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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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Special Learner Populations

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online… Read more

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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional… Read more

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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner MotivationK-12… Read more

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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Blended Learning

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite… Read more

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Count Day: Making Every Virtual Learner Count

Background This report arose from discussions by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) researchers with mentors of virtual learners across the state of Michigan who routinely expressed uncertainty and, quite frankly, a bit of anxiety, around how to report… 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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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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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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Committing to Quality Online Learning

The need for standards of quality As an increasing number of schools and districts throughout the state of Michigan are including an online learning format in their academic programs, there is a related and growing need to ensure students… 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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Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Report

Background Public Act 173 (Michigan Educator Evaluations At-A-Glance, 2015) states that a Professional Education Certificate will not be issued unless an individual was rated effective or highly effective on his/her annual year-end performance evaluations for three consecutive years preceding… Read more

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.