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

In this report, we focus on findings related to on-site mentors’ and online teachers’ facilitation efforts that required interpersonal and management skills: (1) facilitating interactions, (2) developing caring relationships, (3) motivating students to more fully engage in learning activities, and (4) organizing and managing student learning.

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

In this report, we share and discuss student perceptions related to online teachers and on-site mentors’ instructional responsibilities that required knowledge of the online program and course content: (1) advising students regarding course enrollments, (2) orienting students to online learning procedures and expectations, and (3) instructing students regarding the course content.

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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 failing. A case study of mentor programs conducted by MVLRI describes what mentoring looks like […]

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities

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 that it was critical that mentors fulfilled their responsibilities and that mentors had the potential to […]

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Engagement and Discourse of Educators through Online Professional Learning Communities

The current study details three online PLCs: the Early Literacy District Coaches Online Community, the Statewide Online Mentor Network, and the STEM Teacher Network. The study also attempts to unpack participants’ engagement, in particular their discourse in those social constructive spaces. Using text-mining technique as the primary analytic approach, the findings highlight the strong […]

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

The role of an on-site mentor changes and evolves throughout the semester but it remains critical to students, particularly in terms of relationship building and motivating online learners. On-site mentors can have a profoundly positive impact on students, however the quality and level of support provided is inconsistent across the state.

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

[…] a particular context sheds insight into roles, identity, and knowledge the profession embraces. This study takes note of unique positions in the education field in Michigan: on-site mentors for K-12 online learners and early literacy (EL) coaches for elementary school teachers. Both professional groups have been formulated based on Michigan’s legislative (Michigan Public Act […]

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

[…] need to have a great deal of training, information, ideas, and resources to aid them in supporting the needs of students in online and blended learning environments. Mentors Students who have disabilities often need additional peer or instructor supports to help them navigate the instructional opportunities and requirements that they experience in school. When […]

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

[…] Classroom Walkthroughs, Engaging Students in the Online Classroom, Virtual Video Conferencing in the Online Classroom, and Blackboard Basics. The ELEVATE conference also provided sessions where Collaborative teachers, mentors, and coaches could work together and learn from each other. In coming years, as the Collaborative Partnerships Model grows, Collaborative teachers will also be invited to […]

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Online Program Toolkit

[…] is aligned with the current district mission and vision. Considerations Who are our key stakeholders for the program? How will we engage them? Consider… Students Parents Teachers  Mentors School Board members Community members What are our overall goals/outcomes for the online program? What policies and procedures need to be in place to achieve our […]

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Through Community and Culture, Oxford Community Schools Makes Learning Student-Centered

[…] their counselors to be very beneficial in terms of being able to discuss future planning or any concerns they may have. They added that the early college mentors really get to know their students because thanks to weekly digital mentor messages, “you’re in constant communication with them.” Because OSEC mentors have their own classrooms, […]

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Count Day: Making Every Virtual Learner Count

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 their virtual learners on Count Day. In a system that relies on funding based on the […]

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Empowering Teachers and Capturing Kids’ Hearts®: The Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium, and Keweenaw’s Journey Toward Student-Centered Learning

[…] in terms of both furniture and aesthetics, giving students options to find an agreeable space to learn. While working on their courses, students are supervised by a mentor who gives students face-to-face accountability, provides additional progress monitoring, and emphasizes goal setting to keep students on pace, helping them develop skills needed to be self-reliant.   […]

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Learning Continuity: Planning Considerations for School Leaders

[…] offer this option.  If your curriculum provider’s online courses are taught by certified teachers, then your instructional staff may have the greatest impact by serving in a mentor capacity to your students, providing an additional pillar of support to facilitate strong student outcomes. You can learn more about the role of the mentor in […]

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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Special Learner Populations

[…] 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 Learner MotivationK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual […]

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

[…] 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 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual […]

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

[…] provided to me by…” Responses on 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree) Likert-scale were collected with respect to four types of possible support providers including (a) mentor or another staff member at their school building, (b) online instructor in the course, (c) family member, and (d) classmates at their school building or in […]

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

[…] 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 DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner Motivation Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and […]

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Recruitment and Retention of Online Teachers

[…] are required to be completed before being assigned any student enrollments. In many programs, during the orientation process or shortly thereafter, new online teachers are assigned a mentor or coach—an experienced online teacher to help guide them through onboarding and throughout their first semester or year of teaching with the virtual program. A full […]

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LMS Selection and Implementation: Michigan Virtual Case Study

[…] ask questions and express concerns. These sessions were well-attended and covered topics such as instructor view vs. student view, discussion boards, quizzes, the Quick Eval tool, the mentor view, standard or default course design parameters adopted during the migration, rebuilding of content and assessments, and the announcements tool.   As a means to provide support […]

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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.