Category: Podcasts

Campfire Podcast: Ben Rimes
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Shirley Temples With Ben

Show notes from this week’s campfire: We got off to a good start by revisiting the hot dog/sandwich conundrum. We shared how we are majorly

Campfire Podcast: Sandy Freeland
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Talking About, and To, A Wonder Woman

The weather outside is feeling especially blustery, so come on over to our campfire for some great conversation. This week we launched our second episode

Campfire Podcast: Ben Pineda
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Getting Wizer Just P-Cuz

The weather may be snowy and cold, but our campfire’s keeping us warm! This week we launched our first “official” episode of Campfire with special

Campfire Podcast Announcement
The Digital Backpack

Podcast: Chubby Bunny Teacher Challenge

Bust out the s’mores, it’s time for a CAMPFIRE! It might be a little chilly to gather around a campfire this time of year, but

Episode 26: John Watson, Evergreen Education

In this episode, we’re talking with John Watson, the founder and head of the Evergreen Education Group. John and his organization are well-known within the

Episode 21: Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan

In this episode, we’re chatting with Kristin Fontichiaro, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Kristin and I

Episode 19: Competency-based Education

In this episode, we chat with Rose Colby, who is involved in a number of different initiatives at the state and national level concerning competency-based

Episode 18: Christine Fox of SETDA Returns

Our guest for this episode is actually a returning guest: Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research of the State Educational Technology Directors Association,

Episode 17: Year-End Review With MyBlend

In this episode, we sit down with Jeff Gerlach of Michigan Virtual’s blended learning team to reflect on a year of podcasting, sharing our insights,

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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.