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Michigan Virtual Symposium tackles new online learning legislation

Public Act 60 of 2013 provides expanded opportunities for students to enroll in online courses. The legislation expands choice at the course level and serves as a catalyst to expand Michigan-based online learning options for students. The 2013 Online Learning Symposium: Supporting & Accelerating Education Innovation will examine the growth of online learning, including expanded student and parent choices, the national picture and other issues related to the new legislation.

The Symposium will start with a keynote by Jamey Fitzpatrick and Dr. Joe Freidhoff of Michigan Virtual, and then examine the key points of the new legislation through a series of breakout sessions and a lunch panel presentation.


Online Course Choice in Michigan, Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Michigan Virtual; Dr. Joe Freidhoff, Director, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual

Breakout Sessions
  • Michigan Pupil Accounting Manual Updates Related to Online Learning
  • New Opportunities for Online Learning
  • Statewide Catalog Website
  • Online Course Review Process
  • District Catalog Options
  • What do you tell a parent?
Challenges and Opportunities from the School Perspective

Wendy Zdeb-Roper, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, will moderate a robust discussion of the perceived challenges and opportunities the new legislation brings from an educators’ perspective. Panelists Colin Ripmaster, also with MASSP and former principal of Mattawan High School; Brent Cryderman, principal, and David Bunn, teacher, from Houghton Lake High School; Jay Miller, counselor at Dewitt High School and Linda Wacyk, Board of Education member at Grand Ledge Public Schools, will answer questions and give their perspectives on the new legislation.

Paul Liabenow, Executive Director of the Michigan Elementary and Secondary School Principals Association, will introduce the panelists.

Where do we go from here?

In the closing session, Colin Ripmaster, Associate Director, MASSP, will facilitate table discussions regarding the impact of online learning on schools/districts, sharing current practices, next steps and local challenges to address. The session will close with a visible thinking routine called Compass Points which will help participants flesh out new ideas associated with 21f. Compass Points will engage all participants in identifying and sharing what excites and worries them, what else they need and suggestions for moving forward. Please join us at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on November 11.

Michigan Virtual Symposium

Supporting and Accelerating Educational Innovation
Monday, November 11, 2013
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cost: $25
Kellogg Center @ MSU
219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing

Please check back often for Symposium updates or call 888.532.5806 for more information.


About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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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.