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John Watson named keynote speaker for Michigan Virtual Symposium

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The 10th Michigan Virtual Online Learning Symposium – Online Learning: Making It Work – on November 17 will explore key trends in online and blended learning and examine real-world orientation and support strategies for online learners.

The keynote speaker will be John Watson, founder of Evergreen Education Group of Durango, Colorado. Watson and Evergreen help schools choose and implement the right online and blended learning strategies that help schools meet education goals.

“Last year, Michigan school districts reported more than 185,000 virtual course enrollments. This rapid growth demonstrates the growing need to examine best practices so more students can demonstrate success with online learning,” Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual President & CEO, said. “The 2014 Online Learning Symposium will offer participants opportunities to learn from each other and from experts as they explore a variety of practical topics.”

This year’s symposium will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 17.

The symposium will examine a variety of topics to help school leaders prepare for the growing demand for online learning as both a consumer and provider, including:

  • Recent updates to Section 21f of the State School Aid Act
  • Teaching strategies for online and blended learning environments
  • Online course review strategies
  • Best practices for mentor training and support
  • Latest research regarding the effectiveness of online learning

Additionally, through an inaugural statewide catalog showcase, symposium participants can network with representatives from local and intermediate school districts that collectively offer more than 2,000 online course titles in the statewide catalog.

Cost and Registration
Registration is $25.00, and is open online.

About Michigan Virtual
Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual®, Michigan LearnPort®, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™.

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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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