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Technical Requirements

Introduction:

This article provides a list of basic requirements for taking a course offered by Michigan Virtual. Because courses are offered through an assortment of vendors the specific course requirements will vary. We strongly recommend that all learners go to the Course Catalog, search for their course and review the course syllabus to identify any special requirements well before the course starts.

Details:

  • Internet Connection
    You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection and an up-to-date Internet browser. Generally, it is advisable to update to the latest supported full release of your browser of choice in order to take full advantage of increased security and functionality of the browser. If you are having problems displaying or interacting with any of our web pages, check to make sure that both java script and cookies are enabled. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience. Please note that some courses have more advanced system requirements.
  • Your Computer (PC, Mac, Chromebooks)
    Based upon Michigan Virtual’s web statistics programs, the majority of users of our websites use the Windows Operation System (OS), but we try to accommodate both platforms. In some cases, an application or a resource we may use from a third party was not designed to be compatible with the Mac OS, or has limited functionality. We strive to make these situations known to our users before they need to access them, so that they can make other arrangements. If you are experiencing issues viewing content while using a Chromebook, please Enable Flash or contact your IT administrator to add “[*.]mivu.org” and “[*.]michiganvirtual.org” exceptions in the Content Settings.
  • Security Appliances (Firewalls, Proxy Servers, etc.)
    Have your IT administrators contact the Customer Care Center for firewall, proxy server and other networking information.
  • Email
    Email is critical for communicating with instructors, our staff and to our Customer Care Center. Please add the michiganvirtual.org domain to your email service’s “safe senders” list, to avoid Michigan Virtual email from being identified as junk mail or spam. Have your IT administrators contact the Customer Care Center for any additional questions or issues with your email service.
  • Vendor Specific Technical Requirements
    If you know the course Learning Management System (LMS) or course provider, we have provided the following links to run checkers and how to identify any missing requirements.

  • Mobile Devices
    Depending on the LMS being used to deliver your course, you may access and interact with most course elements through tablets and smartphones. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a PC or Mac based computer available to complete coursework.
    We recommend that learners do not attempt quizzes when using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, due to compatibility issues.

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Last updated on August 17, 2020

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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.