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OLOT introduces the skills and knowledge key to online learning success

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Michigan Virtual recently released the Online Learning Orientation Tool, or OLOT, a free, self-paced, web-based resource that is intended to help students understand what online learning entails and introduces the skills and knowledge that are key to success.

OLOT has four modules:

  1. Knowing What to Expect
  2. Technical Skills You’ll Need
  3. Learning Skills You’ll Need
  4. Managing Day-to-Day

Within each module are a number of units. Students may work their way through OLOT from beginning to end or may focus on individual modules or units. Many online learning mentors and other staff who counsel students about their course choices use the Michigan Virtual Online Learner Readiness Rubric (another free Michigan Virtual resource) to help identify specific areas where students may need additional support to be successful in online learning. The relationship between OLOT and the rubric allows mentors, teachers and parents to direct students to specific areas within OLOT based on the results of the student’s strengths and weaknesses as identified by the rubric.

Even though OLOT may be used by students independently, often it will be more effective if students have someone they are accountable to for the results and someone — their mentor, parent or guardian for example — directing and support their efforts. Students can move at their own pace and work through a unit or module as many times as they choose.

Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Michigan Virtual, notes the impact of orienting students to virtual learning. “Today, being college and career ready means a student has the skills to be successful learning in an online environment. We believe all students planning to enroll in an online course from any provider will benefit tremendously from using this practical, free resource that takes less than five hours to complete.”

OLOT was created by Michigan Virtual to meet a need identified by teachers, mentors, administrators and parents/guardians to help students prepare for online learning and better understand what is expected of them. This free resource from Michigan Virtual is one of several intended to help build the state’s capacity to support successful online learning experiences for Michigan’s students. For more resources for students, parents/guardians, instructors, administrators and other school staff, please see the 21f Tool Kit at micourses.org.

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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 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.