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Michigan Virtual celebrated Digital Learning Day with 200,000th enrollment

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Governor Snyder issued a proclamation declaring February 17, 2016, as Digital Learning Day. His proclamation is designed to help educate teachers, schools, parents, policymakers and the public on ways to integrate digital learning tools to improve education for all students. Digital Learning Day is a national effort that provides an opportunity to share transformational ideas, promote new learning models and celebrate education innovation.

In 2000, the Michigan Legislature directed the Michigan Virtual to establish the Michigan Virtual for Students and to significantly expand curricular offerings for schools and provide pupils with opportunities to develop 21st century learning skills. Since its inception, Michigan Virtual has worked in partnership with over 600 Michigan schools and districts and today announced its 200,000th online course enrollment as part of Digital Learning Day.

“I would like to salute Michigan Virtual for its innovative leadership in providing 200,000 online course enrollments to middle and high school students in Michigan, said Brian Whiston, Michigan’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This is a major accomplishment that helps to reinforce the value and potential of online delivery models that are free of traditional time and place considerations.”

Michigan has long been viewed as a national leader in online learning policy and practice for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2006, Michigan became the first state in the nation to require students to complete an “online learning experience” to earn a high school diploma. Research has shown that online learning is academically effective and can provide meaningful alternatives for students who have a need for greater flexibility with their education due to individual learning preferences, life and health conditions and employment responsibilities.

“It has been a wonderful journey to help introduce hundreds of Michigan school districts to online learning, said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Michigan Virtual. “In the early days, many school leaders looked at us with confused and sometimes blank reactions when presented with the concept of students learning online. Today, online learning is viewed as an important part of being college and career ready.”

Michigan Virtual is one of the largest nonprofit virtual schools in the nation. It uses Michigan certified instructors and provides online learning options that supplement, not replace, what is currently being offered at local schools. Michigan Virtual does not directly grant credit or diplomas to students, but works in partnership with schools across the state of Michigan.

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.