Professional learning made simple

Michigan Virtual's Professional Learning Portal (PLP) is getting an upgrade on December 1, 2020. Here's what's changing and how it will improve your learning experience.

When you take an online professional development course, the process should be simple.

As a busy educator, all you should have to worry about is mastering the content and applying your newly acquired skills to improve learning for your students. For a couple of years now, we’ve been in the process of making some big improvements to our Professional Learning Portal to provide you with a simpler, more streamlined learning experience. Here’s a sneak-peek into what’s changing on December 1, 2020 and what it means for you:

Updates & new features

Simplified login process

We’ve simplified the login process on our Professional Learning Portal to follow industry-standard best practices. From now on, your username will be your email address to make it easier to remember, and you’ll be able to set and update your password more easily.

Easy-to-use dashboard

Based on your feedback, we’ve also updated our learner dashboards to make this feature easier to use & more helpful for educators. You’ll now be able to find start & end dates for your courses more easily and get a more robust view of your course progress.

New filtering options

Now it’s going to be easier than ever to find the courses you want to take. You’ll be able to filter by popular categories, select self-paced or facilitated courses, and choose from a range of pricing options.

Upgraded interface

When you log in to our updated portal, you’ll notice that the user interface is more visual and intuitive to navigate. Each course listing also provides more detailed information to help you make better decisions about which courses you want to take.

New Features for School Leaders

Our new & improved portal also includes a variety of features that make it easier for school leaders to provide their staff with professional learning opportunities. You’ll now be able to:

What's changing?

Below are a few changes that will impact the way you engage with our Professional Learning Portal. These changes are designed to make your life easier as they’re more intuitive and similar to the kind of systems you encounter when using Amazon, Google, Netflix, and more.

Your Username

Your username will now be your email address, so it’s easier for you to remember.

Your Password

It will now be simpler for you to set and update your password. Rather than being randomly assigned a password, you’ll be able to set a password of your choice.

Your Account & Profile

When you create an account for the first time, you’ll be sent an email with a link to activate your account. You will now also be asked to provide your phone number, so we can get ahold of you if any issues arise. Additionally, you’ll be prompted to update your user profile once per year to keep your information up to date.

customize pd pathways for your staff

Michigan Virtual offers over 350 professional development courses that can be bundled into thematic pathways that meet the needs of your school or district’s improvement plan. These pathways are entirely customizable. Our professional learning specialists will help you design a plan tailored to the needs of your educators. You can pick just one class or several with both free and affordable options, as well as online and face-to-face training and events.

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.