Learners can enroll in the Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All course for the purpose of completing professional development requirements. This 4-hour course, based on the work of Carol Tomlinson, will cover the basics of differentiated instruction, some tips on getting started, and some strategies.  This document describes how to locate and access this course within the Professional Learning Portal (PLP).


  1. First, access the Professional Learning Portal, type “Maximizing Learning” in the Search bar and then strike the Enter key on your keyboard.
  2. Next, review the basic information and credit hours as it pertains to the course and select the Full Description button if additional information is needed.
  3. Next, click the Add button next to the desired course.
  4. Once the course has been selected, click the Continue button within the Cart summary to continue with registration requirements.
    The Professional Learning Portal shows the Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All course when keyword “Differentiated Instruction” is typed into the Search field. Arrows point to the Full Description, Add and Continue buttons.
  5. Next, complete the appropriate Learner Registration form and then click the Continue or Save button to proceed.
    Screen capture of the new and existing learner registration forms with arrows pointing to the Save and Continue buttons.
  6. Then complete your transaction by reviewing the order details then select the Confirm button.
     The course confirmation page shows the enrollment in the cart. An arrow points to the Confirm button to proceed to the next step.
  7. As a result, a confirmation page will appear, click the Log In button to proceed to the Dashboard.
    Screen capture of the successful course registration page showing the Log In button.
  8. The course will be displayed in the “Active Courses” module within your personal Dashboard. Click the linked course title to access your course.
    The Dashboard’s Active Courses module shows an arrow pointing to the linked Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All course. The Start date, current grade, assignments and pacing information also is displayed for this course.
  9. Finally, the course will open.

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.