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Clearinghouse: Landing Page Guidelines

Introduction:

Project contributors must adhere to landing page guidelines when linking to Research Clearinghouse resources. This process describes those guidelines for maintaining the components.

Details:

  1. First, the following language must be included in the “About” section of the landing page:
    “The K-12 Online and Blended Learning Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute to provide a repository of references to research articles and other publications from the field of K-12 online and blended learning. Click here for more information about the Research Clearinghouse.”
  2. Next, be sure to add a link to the Research Clearinghouse’s Advanced Search page.
  3. Then keep up-to-date on keywords and their links on partner landing pages. Michigan Virtual/iNACOL will continually update a list of keywords used to organize the Research Clearinghouse, keywords include: At-Risk, Blended Learning, Competency-Based Learning, Evaluation, Online Assessment, Online Survey Methodology, Online Professional Development, Special Education, Standards and Virtual Schools.
  4. Next, update the Date Added information to assist users in identifying newly-added resources. The Research Clearinghouse will use a convention where the month and year a resource was added is captured in the keyword field. Below is a complete list of date keywords and permalinks for the first year of the Research Clearinghouse. These date keywords must also be kept up-to-date on a project contributor’s landing page.
  5. Finally, ensure that the project contributor’s information is up to date. An example of a project contributor is the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD).

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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.