Michigan reaches major milestone in online learning

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Michigan Virtual announced today that Michigan Virtual for Students recorded its 100,000th student enrollment during the current spring semester. Since it was launched in 2000, Michigan Virtual has worked in partnership with Michigan’s K-12 schools to provide online courses, interactive tools, career services and professional development programs for Michigan students, teachers, administrators and school district support personnel. Michigan Virtual operates the Michigan Virtual, one of the largest virtual schools in the nation.

Michigan Virtual course enrollments and registrations have grown consistently and at an accelerating pace over the past 12 years. Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Michigan Virtual, said “We are very proud of our accomplishments in partnering with Michigan schools to help thousands of students with their education. We are excited about the future and believe online learning has reached a tipping point as an instructional strategy that helps support effective student learning.”

Governor Rick Snyder, who in his April 2011 Special Message on Education Reform urged that Michigan educators make greater use of online learning to restructure education across the state, commended Michigan Virtual for its leadership efforts and noted that “the growing enrollments in Michigan Virtual online courses clearly demonstrates the fact that students and parents need and want new options in education.”

Michigan Virtual offers a broad range of core academic online courses aligned with state standards, college-level equivalent courses, remedial, enrichment and world language courses and other innovative online experiences. It has worked with over 600 Michigan public and nonpublic schools, public school academies and home schools throughout the state to benefit Michigan’s students, parents and educators.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, an Michigan Virtual Board member, expressed that “the Michigan Virtual for Students is a great asset for Michigan’s students and the entire system of education, and we need to do more to ensure that every student has an opportunity to engage in online learning.”

The Michigan Virtual for Students was established through Public Act 232 of 2000 to serve both traditional and nontraditional students with online learning courses, services and resources. It works with urban, suburban and rural schools to create learning environments that are free from traditional time, place and pace considerations.

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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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.