Online Teacher’s Guide: Announcements

Picture this: the same question keeps coming up from students on an assignment; in a face-to-face classroom you could easily address the issue for the entire class with a quick explanation. But as an online instructor, it is more challenging to relay information to your whole class or to simply put a face to your daily lessons. In this course, you will explore methods that can help achieve your goals to inform, engage, and connect with your class through course announcements. You will identify best practices in announcement design and utilize technology tools in order to support these efforts.

In this course, you will:

  • Recognize elements of effective course announcements that are used to enhance student success,
  • Identify current best practices associated with effective online course announcements,
  • Create announcements that allow accessibility and readability for all your students, and
  • Help your students get to know you better by finding creative ways to add personal details, photos, or videos to your announcements.

SCECHs Granted

2

Who should take this course?

Teacher

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Middle School

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

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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.