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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.

Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2019

Past Reports  Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2017 Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2016 Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2015 Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2014 Introduction From February 12

Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2017-18

Table of Contents  Introduction Schools Courses Students State Assessments Maps Conclusion Appendix A – Methodology Appendix – B School Tables Table B1. 2017-18 Count and Pass Rate of K-12 Virtual Enrollments by Grade Level Table B2. 2017-18 Pass Rate Comparison for Virtual Learners for Their Virtual and Non-Virtual Courses Table

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Introduction The field of online and blended learning has a rich history of pursuing personalized and competency-based education. As evidence, consider that at the time of writing this, iNACOL, a major advocacy organization in K-12 online and blended learning had over 50 resources tagged under personalized learning (iNACOL, 2018). This

Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Report

Background Public Act 173 (Michigan Educator Evaluations At-A-Glance, 2015) states that a Professional Education Certificate will not be issued unless an individual was rated effective or highly effective on his/her annual year-end performance evaluations for three consecutive years preceding the application for the Professional Education Certification or was rated effective

Engagement and Discourse of Educators through Online Professional Learning Communities

Introduction More and more professional learning is being delivered online, allowing for self-paced, on-demand access to a wealth of online courses and resources. This is not without pitfalls; technological issues can also create barriers, such as the increased emphasis on self-paced education, which places constraints on collaborative interactions among participants

Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Facilitation Support

Introduction This report is being published with the report, Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support. Both reports start with nearly identical introductions, literature reviews, and method sections. However, the subsequent sections are unique for each report. In the Findings section, we

Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 2 – Instrument Development

Executive Summary Blended teaching involves combining online and in-person instruction.  There has been significant growth in the demand for blended learning in schools which has increased the need for teachers who know how to teach in a blended learning environment. In Phase 1 of the study, a blended teaching readiness

The Role of Online Teaching in Michigan Teacher Preparation Programs

Executive Summary Online learning enrollments are growing in Michigan year over year, and part of meeting the student demand for high quality online courses is training and certifying Michigan teachers with the requisite skills and knowledge to design online learning experiences and facilitate learning online. Michigan has invested heavily in

Research and Design of a Mobile Application for K-12 Professional Learning

Introduction Michigan Virtual staff have developed a digital mobile application for use by K-12 teachers. The application serves three basic functions: Serves as a platform for teachers and education professionals to network and connect to other professionals within their school buildings and to the larger whole-group user base, Provides a

Engaging Teachers in Professional Development through Online Book Studies

The Initial Book Study Course: Teaching with Poverty in Mind In 2016, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asked Michigan Virtual to develop an experience that would extend the learning taking place at a state-wide school improvement conference to the attendees’ day-to-day lives. Face-to-face professional development (PD) experiences, such as

Learning Trajectories in Online Mathematics Courses

ABSTRACT Present research has devoted attention to a long-standing problem: how to better serve students who take K-12 online mathematics courses by investigating learner subgroups based on their semester-long learning trajectories. Mixture growth modeling was used to examine month-by-month scores students earned by completing assignments. The best-fitting model suggested four

Exploring Preparation and Support for K-12 Online Teachers

Abstract A recent nationwide study revealed that very few teacher education programs are preparing K-12 online teachers for success in the online learning environment (Archambault et al., 2016), which leaves virtual schools with the need to provide their own preparation and support for new online instructors. To paint a picture

Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2016-17

Table of Contents  Introduction Schools Courses Students Maps Conclusion Appendix A – Methodology Appendix – B School Tables Table B1. 2016-17 Count and Pass Rate of K-12 Virtual Enrollments by Grade Level Table B2. 2016-17 Pass Rate Comparison for Virtual Learners in Their Virtual and Non-Virtual Courses Table B3. 2016-17

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