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Michigan Virtual honored by Quality Matters for quality courses and impact on student success

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Michigan Virtual honored by Quality Matters for quality courses and impact on student success

LANSING, MIMichigan Virtual™ is excited to announce that it received a 2017 Quality Matters Making a Difference for Students Award for Outstanding Impact by a K-12 Organization at the QM annual conference “Connect Conference — Pathways to Excellence” in Fort Worth, Texas, yesterday.

Michigan Virtual, formally Michigan Virtual University®, was recognized for “identifying a statewide need for a stronger online course quality assurance process. Implementation of the QM process through extensive staff development and official course reviews has fostered a common focus on quality assurance throughout the organization.”

“It is nice to be formally recognized by a national organization focused on quality for our efforts to improve online learning for Michigan schools and students,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual President & CEO. “In addition to taking steps to advance our own course development process, we have leveraged our partnership with Quality Matters to help local and intermediate districts use national standards as they expand efforts to design and develop online course content.”

During the conference, individuals and groups are recognized for their successful implementation of QM standards, practices and processes that impact student achievement. Michigan Virtual entered the QM review process in 2015 to gain additional feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of Michigan Virtual’s course designs and receive feedback that could help improve both
the design of individual courses as well as overall design methodology.

Michigan Virtual’s course development team had a greater ability to produce and discuss course quality in a consistent manner, thanks to the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric and the review process. After seeing the positive impact, Michigan Virtual had 100 percent of its full-time instructors complete both the K-12 Applying the QM Secondary Rubric and the K-12 Online Course Design courses.

In addition, Michigan Virtual has made a commitment to support all Michigan intermediate school districts by entering into a consortium agreement with QM that allows intermediate school districts to become affiliate subscribers to QM services.

Since Michigan Virtual’s full-time teaching staff has completed QM professional development, Michigan Virtual’s student success rate has increased from 83.3 percent in 2014-2015 to 84.9 percent in 2015-2016.

“Quality Matters has provided our instructional design staff and our teaching staff a solid basis from which to create sound and effective online learning experiences for our students,” said Peter Arashiro, executive director of Instructional Product Development at Michigan Virtual. “Through our engagement with Quality Matters, we are able to use our shared understanding of what a quality online course looks like to implement and improve our courses.”

During the conference, educators explore quality assurance in online learning at all levels of an organization, with a focus on recharging organizational efforts to build a culture of continuous improvement.

The QM Connect Conference is a three-day conference featuring more than 100 workshops and sessions illuminating pathways to excellence for educators and learners. Meeting keynotes examining trends and issues affecting the quality of education today and tomorrow provide context for the robust engagement of hundreds of education professionals. For more information, visit qualitymatters.org.

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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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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.