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Middlebury: Monitoring Student Progress

Background

Typically, Michigan Virtual offers courses utilizing the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS), however in order to offer a wide variety of world language courses Middlebury was selected for the following titles:

  • Grades 6-8: French (1&2), German (1&2) and Spanish (1&2)
  • Grades 9-12: French (3), AP French and AP Spanish

There are a few key differences in functionality between the two systems and their integration with the Student Learning Portal (SLP). This guide will be used as a reference to help mentors effectively monitor their students’ progress in these unique courses within Middlebury.

Similarities

The overall student score in each course is properly displayed at the top of the SLP Gradebook page.

Differences

  • Pacing information is NOT available in the SLP for Middlebury courses. When the SLP indicates that a student is 0 assignments behind pace, it is not an accurate representation for the Middlebury course. This level of detail is only provided within the Middlebury system itself. 
  • Detailed Gradebook information (scores on individual assignments) are also not displayed in the SLP for Middlebury courses. This information can be obtained through viewing a student’s gradebook in Middlebury and comparing it with the course pacing guide.

Pacing

Middlebury course pacing guides are available within World Languages Course Resources and Policies and then go to the Middlebury Courses menu at the top and navigate to the appropriate language and course.

If you consider a student’s start date in the SLP as week 1 on the pacing guide, you will be able to see where students should be at pacing-wise in the course.

Last updated on August 17, 2020

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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.