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Legislative Directives

[…] for the IMS Global Learning Impact conference scheduled for June 2022. Continue the development, pilot, and execution of research on next generation learning platforms for counselor and mentor support that informs the ongoing development of practitioners in these positions. Currently, Michigan Virtual is in the process of updating its SLiDE mentor and virtual teacher […]

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Mentors

Mentors make a difference In the State of Michigan, schools are required to provide an on-site mentor for every student who chooses to take an online course. Why? Because mentors provide critical support to online learners. By developing a face-to-face connection, keeping students on schedule, and providing guidance and support, mentors make online courses […]

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Consumer Awareness

[…] 196 of 2014) 2015 – Revised Section 21f of the State School Aid Act to allow community colleges to offer online courses, require primary districts to assign mentors to online learners, and altered funding formula. (P.A. 85 of 2015) 2016 – Revised Section 21f of the State School Aid Act to allow students in […]

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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), […]

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Teacher Guide to Online Learning

[…] millennial student; providing on-demand online tutoring;  increasing the teaching of technology skills by embedding technology literacy in academic content; and providing professional development opportunities for teachers, including mentoring and learning communities. Online Teacher“The online learning environment allows teachers to impact a much broader demographic of students, as opposed to the neighborhood kids within the […]

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Your Guide to Setting Up An Online Summer School Program

[…] offering online summer learning programs. What this means is they allow students to earn credit for taking online summer courses, but provide few school-sanctioned supports (e.g., a mentor, lab space, or proctored exam).  In this model, parents and students are the primary responsible units for ensuring student success. Model #2 — School-sponsored, minimal supports […]

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Mentor Meetups

In student-centered environments, teachers have more time to meet individual needs. Students are more engaged and motivated because they are driving their own learning, with the encouragement of great coaching and mentoring. Their academic and non-cognitive skills improve, and they’re better equipped for the complicated world.

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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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School Board Guide to Online Learning

[…] and developing local policies that reflect their community standards. With the information in this guide and in conjunction with other online learning guides for parents, students, and mentors and informed by the latest research, school board members can help craft online learning programs in their districts that better achieve the desired student-learning outcomes. This […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Course Difference

[…] perform better in a supportive online learning environment. That’s why we put a highly qualified, Michigan-certified instructor in every teacher-led online course we offer and provide the mentors of our online learners with free training in effective practices. Explore our course catalog When your students take our online courses, they receive the following supports […]

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

The role of an on-site mentor changes and evolves throughout the semester but it remains critical to students, particularly in terms of relationship building and motivating online learners. On-site mentors can have a profoundly positive impact on students, however the quality and level of support provided is inconsistent across the state.

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Supporting Online Learners: Michigan Mentor Program Case Studies

A mentor can make all the difference whether you’re a new employee on a job or a young person looking for guidance from a caring adult. In online learning, a good mentor can be the difference between passing and failing. A case study of mentor programs conducted by MVLRI describes what mentoring looks like […]

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Guides

[…] can you help your child prepare for online learning? What kinds of questions should you ask of your school or online learning provider? View the Parent Guide Mentor Guide to Online Learning Mentors are critical partners in helping students navigate their virtual learning journey. The mentor, student, parent and online instructor form a team […]

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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 […]

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Why Mentors Matter: A Conversation with Jered Borup

Why are on-site mentors so important for online students? In this article, Jered Borup, a digital learning researcher and professor at George Mason University dives into research that supports the critical role that mentors play in highly successful online learning programs.

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Mentoring through a Pandemic

Do you feel like you’re on an island while mentoring online students in our current remote learning environment? In this webinar, seasoned online mentors share tips and tricks to help you through this difficult time. Hear them discuss free resources and tools to help you foster successful mentoring relationships, increase communication with parents, support […]

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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.