Online course options expand statewide

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Michigan Virtual for Students has enhanced its course delivery options for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.

Following a thorough review of courses, course styles and pricing practices by Michigan Virtual staff and an external team of school administrators and online instructors, Michigan Virtual developed three new course styles to accommodate the needs of customers for more options that allow greater choice.

“Our new delivery models respond to the needs of Michigan schools and expands our ability to provide new options for students to help them achieve academic success,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual President and CEO.

Michigan Virtual Plus courses offer the greatest level of support to students with a highly-qualified, Michigan-certified online instructor and most closely mirror a traditional classroom. These courses include world languages, Advanced Placement and the entire core curriculum. Michigan Virtual Plus course cost: $275.

Michigan Virtual Basic courses use highly-qualified, Michigan-certified online instructors but with a larger class size. They are best suited for learners who have previously demonstrated academic success working independently. Michigan Virtual Basic course cost: $190.

Michigan Virtual Blended courses provide schools the opportunity to place students in Core, Literacy Advantage or Foundation pathways. These content-only courses allow independent learning and work best when content is paired with a local teacher. Michigan Virtual Blended course cost: $99.

Michigan Virtual also provides out-of-state pricing for schools.

Course content is aligned with the Michigan Merit Curriculum where applicable. The MMC helps Michigan’s public and private schools design, implement and assess their core content area curricula.

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.