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Mackinac Center study says online learning can improve student outcomes and save money

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A study released by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy recommends that Michigan expand its leadership role in online education in light of research that indicates students can perform as well or better in online learning environments, and online learning can reduce educational costs.

Virtual Learning in Michigan’s Schools, authored by Mackinac Center Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek, focuses on online learning and the increasing use of online learning in Michigan and across the country.

“The customized pace and individual attention that students receive in a virtual learning environment can help them at every level, though it may be most effective in the higher grades,” Van Beek said. “Online courses are able to challenge high-performing students with more advanced material. They can provide more flexibility and mentoring to students who’ve become disengaged or fallen behind. Students in remote areas or poor districts can now access a broad array of courses and outstanding teachers they might not have been able to reach before.”

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 for Students 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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