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MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Blended Learning

[…] PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner MotivationK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual […]

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Committing to Quality Online Learning

[…] Michigan Virtual identified key areas of successful supplemental online programs rooted in the National Standards for Quality Online Programs:  Program foundation Curriculum, instruction, and assessment Teacher and mentor support Student and parent support Communication, and  Program evaluation Through conducting these online program reviews, Michigan Virtual aims to help schools and districts increase student achievement […]

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Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online Learning: An Analysis of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching

[…] this standard  C-8  Current Standard  The online teacher knows and understands the need to establish and maintain ongoing and frequent teacher-student interaction, student-student interaction, teacher-parent interaction, and teacher-mentor interaction.  No suggestions for modifications to this standard  C-9  Current Standard  The online teacher knows and understands the techniques and applications of online instructional strategies, based […]

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Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Report

[…] guardian information unless it is provided by the partner district. If this is identified as an area to improve upon, a supervisor can provide resources and a mentor to support the online teacher’s development. Teachers also indicated that they were provided with feedback during the pilot that was more in line with understanding the […]

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Key Strategies for Supporting Teachers in Virtual Learning Environments

[…] school or program, followed by any optional opportunities their school or program offered. To a lesser extent, teachers also reported additional professional learning experiences through informal peer mentoring with colleagues, attendance in virtual or face-to-face conferences, and participation in online courses and webinars provided by educational organizations. Participating teachers indicated that their undergraduate coursework […]

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Parental Engagement

[…] face-to-face contexts. For that to happen, we must first work to understand better the types of parental engagement that are valued by successful online teachers and on-site mentors, as well as how they work to overcome the obstacles that parents encounter when attempting to fulfill their responsibilities. In this research, we addressed this need […]

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Quality Assurance in K-12 Online Learning Programs: Michigan Case Studies

[…] solutions to overcoming those barriers?. As a supplemental provider, Michigan Virtual can only influence the level of local school support for students, so it provides strong local mentor tools and support. Michigan Connections has high student mobility that impacts graduation rate and works proactively to catch students up. Alternative schools like Westwood need an […]

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Virtual School Course Design: Accommodating Students With Disabilities

[…] with instructions and peers While this list may not seem daunting at first glance, making accessible courses is easier said than done. Teachers, students, parents, and onsite mentors rely on course materials to learn or help someone else learn the content that has been promised in the course. Research with online instructors has found […]

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“It’s Just Too Much”: Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Michigan Educators

[…] et al., 2020; Meltzer, 2020; Moss, 2021; Singer, 2020). Beyond the pressures to meet school and state benchmarks with additional COVID-19 related demands, K-12 educators need to mentor students, tailor lessons to students’ varying needs, and manage student behavioral issues. More so than ever, K-12 educators have found themselves being continuously stretched thin and […]

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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.