The Online Learning Orientation Tool (OLOT) is designed to help students and mentors gain a better understanding of how online learning works.

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The tool will help students identify the level of commitment they will need embrace to be successful in their courses while also helping them to understand the skills needed for completion.

Online Learning Orientation Tool

OLOT is a self-paced learning tool designed to help students understand what online learning requires and introduce the skills and knowledge that are key to success.

Other resources

Online Learner Readiness Rubric
The Online Learner Readiness Rubric asks a student to address his or her readiness for online learning.

Getting Started Guide

The Getting Started Guide will walk users through the OLOT guide.

Mentors make the difference

Making sure mentors have what they need to succeed is important to Michigan Virtual, so we created a custom OLOT tool just for you. Mentoring Basics is a training model for mentors that outlines the distinct roles and responsibilities of all involved in online learning, the online course environment, and scenario-based advice from practicing mentors.

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.