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Episode 16: Saro Mohammed

Our guest for this episode is Saro Mohammed, a partner at the Learning Accelerator. The Learning Accelerator, or TLA, works directly with school districts and states to develop implementation strategies for blended learning, doing so with a focus on conducting and disseminating rigorous research to support their work. Saro talks with us about efforts […]


K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting at iNACOL 2016

By Saro Mohammed
For the third year, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute is pleased to host a pre-conference workshop specifically focused on research at iNACOL’s annual symposium. This year, MVLRI is joining with The Learning Accelerator (TLA) to bring you a free, day-long session open to all attendees — not just researchers!
Title: K-12 Online […]


TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning

What do we know, and what do we still need to know about the effectiveness of blended learning? Join us to talk about a proposed path forward for measuring blended learning initiatives, including steps that each of us can take to help grow our collective understanding of what the evidence says.
Saro Mohammed […]


Call for articles – Special Issue of the Journal of Online Learning and Research

[…] appropriateness of the proposed study for this venue.
Deadline for Submissions: September 12, 2016
Authors informed of decisions: October 24, 2016
Anticipated special issue publication: March 2017
Guest Editor
Dr. Sarojani S. Mohammed
Alexander, P. A. & Murphy, P. K. (1998). The research base for APA’s learner-centered psychological principles. In N. M. Lambert & B. L. McCombs (Eds), How students […]


How districts can measure blended learning

[…] are only as good as the measures we use to collect them, and the insights we gain are only as good as the data that informed them.

Saro Mohammed is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator (TLA). She has a decade of experience in education research and external evaluations of programs implemented in public, private, […]


Where the Research is @iNACOL 2017

[…] AM and 1:00 PM–2:30 PM, Southern Hemisphere IV
K-12 Blended and Online Learning Research Community Meeting / Preconference Workshop: Free to attend!
Presenters: Justin Bruno & Joe Friedhoff, MVLRI; Saro Mohammed, The Learning Accelerator
This day-long research community meeting will foster a space for researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to come together and discuss newly published research, provide […]

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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. 

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