Each of the logos is a representation of Michigan Virtual and as such should always remain consistent in clarity, presentation, and representation. The four logo options available provide users with alternative options to best suit various scenarios. The preferred version is the horizontally stacked version, where the symbol is on the left side of the stacked words ‘Michigan Virtual.’ These files are saved with whitespace intentionally added. No text or graphic should enter the white space shown in the logos.
Regardless of which logo is selected, each should be used with caution to ensure a true, unaltered representation of the Michigan Virtual logo. All logos should never be turned upside-down, tilted, or skewed from their original orientation.
The elements of the logo should never be broken apart or changed. No additional elements should be added within the logo. Additionally, no attempts should be made to mimic typeface and fonts included in existing logo assets.
The .zip file below contains the four different logos in three different color options (full color, black, and white) and in four different file formats (.svg, .pdf, .png, and .jpg). Please use the .svg and .pdf formats as the primary image format where possible, using the .png as a fallback for use cases where a .svg or .pdf isn’t accepted or allowed. The .jpg format should be used as a last resort, as it doesn’t have any transparency built in, and is the least versatile file format.
Michigan Virtual has eight official colors, with accessible (a11y) alternatives for green and orange.
PMS Black 7C
PMS Cool Gray 9C
To maintain WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance, background and text color contrasts must meet a minimum of at least 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text. When in doubt, use a color contrast checker to ensure the color combination meets WCAG 2.0 AA compliance.
White text is allowed on all brand colors except for the regular version of green and orange (unless a contrast selector is available to switch between regular and accessible orange and green).
Do not use any brand colors as text color on another brand color (i.e. light gray on deep teal). Brand colors may only be used on white or a very light background (if it meets color contrast rules)
Deep Teal or Dark Teal are to be used as heading colors. Light Teal may be used if it promotes better hierarchy (i.e. to increase visual separation between heading levels)
Dark Gray should be used as the default text color (if on a white or very light background).
Light Gray may be used for ancillary or secondary information (i.e. footnotes or minor callout).
Orange is Michigan Virtual’s Call-to-action (CTA) color, and should be used for action items (actionable callouts, links, or buttons).
Green should never be used as a text color, and instead used as an accent, usually as a divider color to break up sections or denote greater hierarchy.
Michigan Virtual utilizes a single primary font (Gotham), with acceptable fallbacks for use cases without access to the primary font. If Gotham is not available, Roboto is the next fallback font, followed by Noto Sans, then Helvetica, then Calibri.
Use the link below to download the fallback fonts (Roboto, Noto Sans, IBM Plex Serif, and Noto Serif).
The official Google Slide template for Michigan Virtual is available for internal employee use. This slide template includes the above resources, as well as content and activity recommendations that follow best practices for teaching adult learners.
Use the download below to create a copy of the official slide template. Please create a new copy for every slide deck created.
Note: You must be signed in to your Michigan Virtual Google account to access the slide template.
Here at Michigan Virtual, our blog is a vehicle for providing statewide thought leadership in the realm of online and blended learning. We’d love for you to contribute your expertise and help us grow our readership. Maybe you’ve always had an interest in blog writing. Maybe you’re wanting to stretch out some new muscles. Maybe you have something you really want more people to know. Maybe your supervisor has asked you to write a blog and you don’t know where to start!
The following style guide is designed to help you think through the process of writing a blog from scratch, including picking a topic, setting goals, establishing your tone, structuring your blog, writing an introduction, formatting your post, and coming up with a title.
Michigan Virtual should not be abbreviated to MV unless limited by character length limits.
It’s permissible to use an acronym on first reference if it’s commonly known (MSU, MASSP, MACUL, PD, IEP, etc.). When including an acronym that isn’t commonly known, spell out the words and place the acronym in parentheses on the first use in a document. On subsequent uses in the same document, use the acronym.
Capitalize the first word of the heading and proper nouns (“down style”). In headings, use numerals for all numbers and single quotes for quotation marks.
Example: Study explores teacher infrastructure practices
Example: Online learning is an ‘integral part of the total education environment’
Capitalize job titles when used in front of a person’s name, but not after.
Example: “Research is boss,” said Joe Freidhoff, executive director of MVLRI.
Example: “Online learning is bossier,” said Michigan Virtual President & CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick.
In a series, use the “Oxford” comma.
Example: Michigan Virtual courses are offered in semesters, trimesters, and in the summer.
Example: Sixty-five percent of rural enrollments reached “Completed/Passed” status compared to 57% in Towns, 56% in Suburbs, and 53% in Cities.
Always use date figures, without st, nd, rd or th.
Example: The semester starts on September 8 (not September 8th).
Use time figures except for noon and midnight. Use a colon to separate hours from minutes. Avoid redundancies.
Example: The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Example: Class starts at 8 a.m.
Example: Do not use redundant language like 10 a.m. this morning.
Michigan Virtual has a suite of 100+ icons that are based in the education industry. The downloadable icon pack contains a high-quality vector version (.svg), as well as 4 different sized .png versions (64px, 128px, 256px, and 512px).
These icons should only be used on white or very light background colors.
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.