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Online Learning
Jacqueline Zweig

Using AP Exam Data to Drive Discussions about AP Courses

Michigan Virtual conducted an analysis to understand the factors influencing whether students take AP exams. They found that higher course grades and course subject were associated with exam participation. However, other factors beyond grades also contribute to student achievement. This analysis helps Michigan Virtual reflect on their courses and improve support for AP students.

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Artificial Intelligence
Ken Dirkin

Essentialism in the Age of GenAI

The rise of GenAI, while offering immense potential for innovation and efficiency, also brings with it significant environmental costs.

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Artificial Intelligence
Justin Bruno

Highlights from the 2023 AI Summit

The 2023 AI Summit at Michigan State University explored the impact of AI on education, featuring presentations urging innovative thinking, emphasizing learner-centered design, and discussing personalization with AI. Attendees expressed optimism for positive change in education practices, recognizing the urgency to adapt to rapid technological advancements.

Artificial Intelligence
Justin Bruno

AI, Learning, and Performance

Unveiling the impact of AI in education, proponents tout personalized learning, while critics caution against possible dependencies.

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Artificial Intelligence
Justin Bruno

Supporting Schools: Maintaining an AI Tools toolkit for educators

Michigan Virtual’s AI Resource Bank offers a curated compilation of websites, articles, podcasts, and tools. Engage with this evolving repository, explore emerging trends, and contribute to the conversation by sharing your own valuable resources for consideration.

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Web 3.0
Dr. Mike Peck

The Web3 Revolution: 3 Critical Ways Web3 is Transforming Education and Work

Step into the web3 era with this deep dive into its groundbreaking implications for education. From blockchain-enabled credentials to learner-employment records, see how this digital revolution could redefine learning and how we can prepare students for a rapidly evolving future.

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Web 3.0
Dr. Mike Peck

Web3 101: What educators need to know about the future of the web

Remember the days when the internet resembled a massive library, and Google was our librarian? Well, the internet has evolved a lot since then! As we transition to web3 — the ‘read-write-own’ era — we gain unprecedented control over our data and information. As educators, it’s our responsibility to adjust to this new reality while embracing its exciting possibilities. Let’s explore what web3 means for the future of education together!

Online Learning
Danielle Peck

Overcoming procrastination: Boost student executive function with transparent planning (+ free template!)

The transparent planning process offers strategies for combatting procrastination and strengthening students’ executive function. This process not only can improve academic outcomes but also helps instill lifelong skills in students. In this article, I dive into the connection between procrastination and executive function before exploring what transparent planning is and how it can help. I’ll also share a free Google template you can use to practice transparent planning with your students.

Online Learning
Taylor Shivers

3 Creative Ways to Celebrate Student Success in the Online Classroom

There is much to celebrate when students do well in their online courses! After all, success in online learning requires excellent time management skills, the ability to learn in a new environment, and so much more. Looking for ways to celebrate student achievements that go beyond the typical “good job” email? Here are three creative tactics you can try!

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