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Free professional development on online course quality

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Michigan Virtual partnered with Quality Matters (QM) to offer free professional development opportunities across Michigan that focus on ensuring quality in online learning. QM, a leader in online course quality assurance, has developed a rubric that integrates existing national standards for K-12 online education. Their workshops are designed for teachers, curriculum directors, instructional designers, and virtual program administrators and focus on how to interpret and apply the rubric.

This free offering consists of two workshops: the first on the use of the rubric in reviewing online and blended courses, and the second on conducting online course reviews. Participants can expect to spend approximately 5-10 hours per week to complete each workshop over a three-week period. The first workshop is available in either face-to-face or online delivery; the second is only available in an online format.

Michigan Virtual, through MVLRI, made a commitment to support all ISDs in Michigan in the participation of this program. Each ISD has been invited to select one individual to participate in the initiative. Once the training is complete, successful participants could choose to become a paid course reviewer for QM.

If you are interested in learning more about this free opportunity, please fill out the form at the bottom of our Quality Matters page.

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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) is a non-biased organization that exists to expand Michigan’s ability to support new learning models, engage in active research to inform new policies in online and blended learning, and strengthen the state’s infrastructures for sharing best practices. MVLRI works with all online learning environments to develop the best practices for the industry as a whole.

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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.