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Michigan Virtual report examines online learning policies and practices

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Lansing – A new report released by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™ at Michigan Virtual examines existing policies and practices related to the evaluation and approval of online and blended learning in the 50 states as well as relevant international examples, such as those arising from Canada’s province-based K-12 education systems.

Entitled Evaluation and Approval Constructs for Online and Blended Courses and Providers, the report leverages policy examples from Georgia, Maryland, California, Washington, Minnesota, Colorado and British Columbia, Canada, to inform cyber, online and blended provider evaluations in the state of Michigan.

The report was written by Dr. Michael Barbour of Sacred Heart University, Dr. Tom Clark of TA Consulting, and Dr. Kristen DeBruler and Justin Bruno of Michigan Virtual. Based on their policy analysis, the authors identified five areas for evaluating and approving online and blended course providers.

The areas are intended as a starting point for states to better understand their own processes and to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas of excellent coverage while also discovering possible areas to omit. The report concludes with potential models and key guidelines states might consider in order to ensure a quality online education is available for all of their pupils.

“As states continue to adopt and refine their policies governing online and blended learning, awareness of what is occurring in other states and reflection of the reasons and results of such policy is critical,” says Dr. Joe Freidhoff, Executive Director of MVLRI. “This report not only illuminates a variety of enacted state-level policy regarding online and blended learning, but does so through a framework the helps states consider different dimensional aspects that are important in the evaluation process.”

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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 Learning Research Institute™, Michigan Virtual® and Michigan LearnPort® and. Visit the MVLRI website for more information about MVLRI.

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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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