Online instructors challenged at two-day learning event

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan suggested to Michigan Virtual online teachers that they are in a position to help inform state colleges and universities that train new teachers about the online learning knowledge and skills needed by all teachers in a 21st-century learning environment.

Flanagan spoke informally to nearly 100 online instructors on the second day of the annual two-day Michigan Virtual summit of online instructors from around the state at the MSU Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing.

On day one, attendees heard David Thornburg, Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center, a premier source of presenters in the field of emerging technologies and their impact on learning at all ages, talk about the promise of modern educational computer use.

Attendees also explored how to use mobile devices in learning, what good online instruction looks like, how to use YouTube as an instructional strategy and the resources available in the Michigan Electronic Library.

Flanagan concluded his remarks with a reference to the new Michigan Department of Education guidelines that will allow more middle school students to take online classes and some districts to open more virtual charter schools.

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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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.