Publications

MVLRI’s research provides a foundation to examine, engage and explore educational practices in the industry.

MVLRI is dedicated to taking education techniques to the next level. We believe that with proper research, the ways we learn can continue to evolve to strengthen our futures.

Committing to Quality Online Learning

The need for standards of quality As an increasing number of schools and districts throughout the state of Michigan are including an online learning format in their academic programs, there is a related and growing need to ensure students are receiving the highest quality education in this format. Having a

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner Motivation Introduction Since its creation in

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Learner Motivation

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 On-Site Mentoring

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Online Learner MotivationK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline Learning in Higher EducationK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner MotivationK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since its creation in

MVLRI Research in Review: Online Learning in Higher Education

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningK-12 Online Teacher Preparation and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Onsite MentoringK-12 Online Learner MotivationK-12 Online Program Evaluation, Quality, and Policy Introduction Since its

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Blended Learning

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best 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

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Blended Teaching and Professional Development

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended LearningOnline 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

MVLRI Research in Review: Michigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and Effectiveness

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesK-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline 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

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Special Learner Populations

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Best PracticesMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline 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

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Best Practices

Other Reports in the MVLRI Research in Review Series  K-12 Online Special Learner PopulationsMichigan K-12 Online Learning Demographics and EffectivenessK-12 Blended Teaching and Professional DevelopmentK-12 Blended LearningOnline 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

Addressing Social and Emotional Learning with the Suite360 Program

This brief on social and emotional learning (SEL) is based on a research study conducted by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI). During this study, several school districts within the state of Michigan were surveyed and interviewed to discuss the impact of the Suite360 program within their schools. Social and

Flexible Start for K-12 Online Courses: Michigan Virtual Case Study

Introduction Exploring ways in which online learning can meet the unique needs of all students in Michigan schools, a team of Michigan Virtual staff investigated how online learning programs are structured to accommodate flexible start and end dates for students taking online courses. Interviews with several virtual programs in Michigan

Count Day: Making Every Virtual Learner Count

Background This report arose from discussions by Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) researchers with mentors of virtual learners across the state of Michigan who routinely expressed uncertainty and, quite frankly, a bit of anxiety, around how to report their virtual learners on Count Day. In a system that relies

LMS Selection and Implementation: Michigan Virtual Case Study

Introduction As more and more schools are adopting the use of digital content to support their online and blended programs, schools and districts are raising the selection and implementation of an appropriate learning management system/platform (LMS) as a top priority. During the 2019-20 school year, Michigan Virtual evaluated, selected, and

Student-Centered Learning: In Principle and in Practice

What is Student-Centered Learning?  Student-centered learning is a philosophy or an approach to education that is designed to meet the needs of each student individually. In their post “What Exactly IS Student-Centered Learning?”, Harrington and DeBruler (2019) shared, “In a truly student-centered learning environment, teachers and students work collaboratively to

Learning Continuity: Planning Considerations for School Leaders

Introduction During the 2019-20 school year, Michigan schools faced extended closures due to inclement weather. Today, we face the possibility of mandatory closures due to future pandemic outbreaks in our communities. Increasingly, school leaders are recognizing the need to prepare their districts for remote learning in the event of extended

Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2018-19

Table of Contents  Introduction Schools Courses Students State Assessments Maps Conclusion Appendix A – Methodology Appendix – B School Tables  Table B1. 2018-19 Count and Pass Rate of K-12 Virtual Enrollments by Grade Level Table B2. 2018-19 Pass Rate Comparison for Virtual Learners for Their Virtual and Non-Virtual Courses Table

Auto-grading versus Instructor Grading in Online English Courses

Background Automatic grading is a pedagogical tool with the dual advantages of reducing teachers’ workloads and providing instant feedback to students, and has been used in many subjects, including computer science (Sherman, Bassil, Lipman, Tuck, & Martin, 2013), science (Wang, Chang, & Li, 2008), and English Language Arts (ELA; Wilson,

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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.