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Virtual Pathways

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are being challenged to keep students safe, provide quality learning options for several uncertain scenarios, and maintain enrollments in their school or district. What this means, now more than ever, is that the families in your school community will likely demand having multiple choices regarding how and where their children learn, including fully remote or blended learning options.

But setting up a high-quality remote or blended learning program requires a lot of work. Let us help you do the heavy lifting. Whether you're looking to offer online options for students who aren't ready to return in the Fall, incorporate digital content into your face-to-face classrooms, or offer a hybrid model, we have a variety of options to help you get started and design virtual pathways optimized for student success.

Four Ways to Provide Virtual Pathways

To provide options for your students and help you achieve your school or district’s vision for learning, we’ve reimagined our course models to offer content-only options, LMS support, teacher training, and more. Explore the four options outlined below and fill out the form at the bottom of this page to ask questions or take the next step.

Access FREE content from 70+ high-quality online high school courses that you can plug into your LMS.

We’re currently offering the content of over 70 of our high-quality online high school courses for FREE to schools as a resource to supplement student learning in the Fall. This course content includes all digital lessons; however, it does not include assignments or assessments. With this model, you will need to host content in your own LMS or content delivery system. Free access to this course content ends on June 30, 2021.

This is a great option for schools that are looking for a low-budget option, have already implemented an LMS or content delivery system, and have the capacity to train their staff in best practices for remote teaching, including how to create their own assignments and assessments, embed content into your school’s LMS or content delivery system, and meaningfully engage and motivate students in a blended or fully remote environment. To help you get started training your staff, we are currently offering “Transitioning to Remote Teaching” courses covering best practices for online and blended pedagogy. 

 
Let us handle the teaching with highly qualified, Michigan-certified online instructors.

Enroll students in high-quality online courses taught by highly qualified, Michigan-certified, teachers who are rigorously trained in best practices for online pedagogy. With this model, you can build capacity in light of teacher shortages and choose from our FULL catalog of 200+ online courses for grades 6-12 hosted in our Brightspace LMS.

This is a great option for schools that want to offer a limited number of students partially or fully remote learning options this Fall, but do not have the capacity to provide the teacher locally. For example, this model works well if you have a small number of students who want to take AP psychology in the Fall, but you don’t have the staff capacity to cover this subject. This model is most effective when schools provide a trained mentor to support their online students.

Let us train YOUR local teachers how to teach OUR high-quality online courses.

Offer your students access to OUR high-quality online courses taught by YOUR local teachers. We’ll train your teachers the same way we train our own: With a rigorous, 4-week program designed to leave teachers ready to effectively reach and teach students in an online format. With this model, you’ll have access to a catalog of 180+ online courses for grades 6-12 hosted in our Brightspace LMS.

This is a great option for schools that want to offer a limited number of students partially or fully remote learning options this Fall and would like to receive training to have local teachers teach this content at a reduced per enrollment cost.

Provide online learning options for high school students and transition between delivery models seamlessly

Choose from a menu of online courses to offer at your high school taught by YOUR local teachers. Train your staff in best practices for remote and blended pedagogy with our online professional development courses. With this model, you’ll be able to choose up to 99 courses from a menu of high-quality online courses for grades 9-12 hosted in our Brightspace LMS.

This is a great option for schools that need to meet a variety of student needs, including the needs of students who are not comfortable returning in the Fall. With this model, students who are not ready to return to school can remain in your district by taking online courses taught by YOUR teachers. Additionally, you will receive teacher training and all-inclusive access to online course content that is available 24/7 for staff to transition seamlessly between face-to-face, blended, and fully remote environments depending on the situation.

How Do These Models Compare?

Features
Base
Teacher-Provided
Collaborative
Whole School
Pricing model
Free
Per enrollment
Per enrollment
Per student
Access to Michigan Virtual Course Content
70
200+
200+
Choose up to 99 from menu
Grade levels available
9-12
6-12
6-12
9-12
Compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines
Student assessments included
High-quality, engaging student assignments included
Courses hosted in Brightspace LMS, managed by Michigan Virtual
Access to Michigan Virtual Customer Care Support
Highly qualified, Michigan-certified online instructor provided
Local teachers can add supplemental resources and modify online curriculum
Instructional coaching hours for teachers
Professional development and training for teachers
Staff can access self-selected and self-directed PD from our Professional Learning Portal.
4-week rigorous onboarding experience where local teachers are trained to teach online using the same methodology we use to train our online instructors, including access to live monthly webinars and ongoing coaching support.
10-month onboarding experience with 20 hours of asynchronous coursework, monthly webinars, community discussion board, and monthly hour-long expert chats

Get the conversation started.

Are you a leader at your school? Fill out the form below if you would like to speak with someone to get a better sense for how one of these models could help you drive student success in your school or district.

Note: This form is intended for school leaders to meet with a Michigan Virtual representative to discuss implementing one of these models at a school-wide or district-wide level level.

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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.