You Can Do This! Transitioning to Remote Teaching & Learning

Are you feeling overwhelmed about transitioning your classroom into a remote learning environment? In this webinar, we share simple strategies for getting started, communicating with students and parents, finding and delivering content, building relationships, and designing assessments. You can do this!
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Whether your school is starting the year with in-person instruction, using a hybrid model, or teaching completely online, you will need to be flexible. You may even be asked to shift back and forth between different models of instruction throughout the school year. 

So as we transition back into teaching and learning this fall, we thought it might be helpful to re-highlight a few of the Learning Continuity webinars that we recorded earlier this spring. This webinar in particular will give you strategies that you can implement right away! 

In the webinar, “You Can Do This! Transitioning to Remote Teaching & Learning,” Michigan Virtual staff members and former educators Anne Perez, Emily Sicilia, Andrea McKay, and Dr. Chris Harrington discuss several different topics and provide strategies that can help you get your school year started smoothly. They also offer many resources that may help to make the transition to remote teaching a little easier. 

We hope you enjoy watching the webinar as Anne, Emily, and Andrea explain and discuss the various resources and tips that they have in store for you, as well as what practices they find to be both effective and ineffective. 

We have outlined the topics and tips below and linked the resources for you to make the content easier to refer back to and use! Enjoy! 

Getting started

  • Stick with what’s already familiar
  • Simple is best
  • Account for half the time as some things take longer than expected

Communicating with students and parents

  • Be mindful of the frequency and volume of communications
  • Maintain consistency with where to access updates
  • Decide on a platform to use
  • Make sure communications are purposeful and meaningful 

Finding and delivering content

  • Use familiar tools or platforms to deliver content
  • Consider time frame and pacing 
  • Keep in mind the number of devices in each household

Building relationships

  • Consider live check-ins
  • Make use of regular videos or discussions
  • Identify a place for community interaction
  • Be mindful of academic and non-academic relationship building

Designing assessments

  • Are there tools you already use? 
  • Consider modifying assignments or projects
  • Offer choice in task and demonstration

Key takeaways

  • Start with the familiar
  • Design with flexibility in mind
  • Consider needs for communication
  • Use the opportunity to build relationships


  1. ReadWorks
  2. RAZKids
  3. Prodigy
  4. IXL
  5. Khan Academy
  6. Newsela
  7. #GoOpenMichigan
  8. Michigan Virtual Free Content
  9. Quizizz
  10. Learning Continuity Page
  11. Slide Deck as PDF
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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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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.