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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Learner Motivation

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

MVLRI Research in Review: Online Learning in Higher Education

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Blended Learning

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

MVLRI Research in Review: K-12 Online Best Practices

Introduction Since its creation in 2013 through 2020, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) at Michigan Virtual published approximately 20 research blogs and 75 research reports. This total does not represent everything published by MVLRI but rather only those publications including original research on K-12 blended and online learning. The

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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