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Legislative Directives

Each school year, MVLRI is directed by Section 98 of the State School Aid Act to strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education by supporting and accelerating innovation and providing leadership in online and blended learning. 2020-21 Directives (March 2021 Update) This report is being submitted in fulfillment of the following legislative directive: The Michigan… Read more

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Consumer Awareness

This Consumer Awareness resource is provided for schools and parents and reports on effective online education providers and education delivery models, performance data, cost structures, and research trends.

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Teacher Guide to Online Learning

About this Guide Michigan Virtual™ and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute® (MVLRI®) have produced the Teacher Guide to Online Learning to support those new to teaching online. It is based on two Michigan Virtual courses: the first an orientation course for iEducators (new teachers who are recent graduates of Michigan teacher preparation programs who… Read more

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Summer Communication Kit

The following communication kit is designed to make it easy for you to share information about our online summer programs with parents and students at your school. In the downloadable .zip file, you’ll find email templates, fliers, newsletter blurbs, and more!

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Parent Guide to Online Learning

About this Guide This guide has been prepared by Michigan Virtual™, through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute® (MVLRI), with the insight of experienced mentors, instructors, administrators, and customer service representatives from Michigan Virtual. It is intended for parents, guardians, counselors, and others who guide students in their decision about whether online courses are a… Read more

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Mentor Guide to Online Learning

About this Guide This guide has been prepared by Michigan Virtual™, through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®, with the assistance and insight of experienced mentors, instructors, administrators, and customer service representatives from Michigan Virtual. While Michigan has a few full-time online programs or cyber schools (schools that deliver 100% of their instruction online), at… Read more

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Your Guide to Setting Up An Online Summer School Program

If you’re considering setting up an online summer school program in your school or district, this guide will help you think through the process to determine what will be required and how it will benefit your students and school community. Download .PDF Copy Introduction Typically, during the summer, it’s important for kids to have less… Read more

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School Board Guide to Online Learning

About This Guide This guide has been prepared by Michigan Virtual™, through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®, with review and support from the Michigan Association of School Boards, to acquaint school board members with K-12 online learning. The guide includes general information about K-12 online learning, successful attributes of online learners and online programs,… Read more

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

In this report, we share and discuss student perceptions related to online teachers and on-site mentors’ instructional responsibilities that required knowledge of the online program and course content: (1) advising students regarding course enrollments, (2) orienting students to online learning procedures and expectations, and (3) instructing students regarding the course content.

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Michigan Voices: An In-Depth Look at the Experiences of Educators, Students, & Parents During Emergency Remote Learning

Michigan Voices: An In-Depth Look at the Experiences of Educators, Students, & Parents During Emergency Remote Learning What can we learn from the “living prototype” of emergency remote learning during COVID-19? Printable Version Emergency Remote Learning: A Living Prototype Between March and June 2020, statewide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruptions… Read more

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

In this report, we focus on findings related to on-site mentors’ and online teachers’ facilitation efforts that required interpersonal and management skills: (1) facilitating interactions, (2) developing caring relationships, (3) motivating students to more fully engage in learning activities, and (4) organizing and managing student learning.

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Support

How Can We Help? Having trouble using one of our products/services? We can help! Our Customer Care Team is devoted to answering your questions and providing you with the support you need. If you need help, start out by exploring our online resources — such as our Frequently Asked Questions and How-To Guides.  If you’re… Read more

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Guides

The Ultimate Guides to Online Learning Created by researchers at the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®, our family of free guides will introduce you to the world of online learning. Inside each guide, you’ll find key definitions, research findings and practical strategies that paint a picture of what kind of preparations and support systems are… Read more

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Reading for College Success

How will reading affect a student’s future? How does reading shape the world around us? This course helps students answer these questions and prepare for college and career success. Reading is a vital skill in the information age, when we are bombarded with a constant stream of information. Being able to determine and comprehend the… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities

In this research, we interviewed 12 online teachers and 12 on-site mentors who had high student pass rates in an attempt to identify the strategies that mentors used to improve student success in online courses. Online teachers believed that it was critical that mentors fulfilled their responsibilities and that mentors had the potential to be the deciding factor in whether students passed or failed their courses. However, in practice teachers reported that many mentors fell short and that the mentoring in their courses was just “pretty good” overall. As K-12 online enrollments increase, it is imperative that researchers, course providers, school administrators, online teachers, and on-site mentors work to improve the mentoring support that is provided to students. Although these efforts can be difficult, it is critical to the success of all online students.

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Student Guide to Online Learning

About this Guide This guide has been prepared by Michigan Virtual™, through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute® (MVLRI), with the insight of experienced students, mentors, instructors, administrators, and customer service representatives from Michigan Virtual. It is intended for students, parents, guardians, counselors, and others who guide students in their decision about whether online courses… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Parental Engagement

Although policies aimed at increasing graduation rates in the United States can be divisive and politically charged, it is almost universally agreed upon that parental engagement will be a critical element in the solution. Unfortunately, the failure rates in online courses are higher than those found in traditional courses. While any solution will be complex, it is likely that parents will play a critical role, just as they have in face-to-face contexts.

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Online Teacher’s Guide: Engagement

Pedagogy tells us that engaging your students with you, your classroom, and your message is a critical component to student learning and success. But how can you transition engagement to an online, asynchronous environment? This course will provide valuable strategies and examples to help you identify best practices for engaging students and help you successfully… Read more

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Parents Seeking Virtual Options for Fall 2020

Parents are seeking options. Are you looking for virtual school options for your child this Fall? Explore ways you can enroll your child in Michigan Virtual online courses by either partnering with your local school or homeschooling. Get Started There’s no playbook for parenting in a pandemic. There are no easy answers right now. Parents… Read more

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Learning Continuity Resources

Are you looking for ways to keep your students engaged during the extended school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Below you’ll find a variety of free resources designed to help schools evaluate and prepare for providing students with learning continuity. Subscribe for Updates Free mental health resources for students During times of crisis, our… Read more

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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.