Research shows: Your students will perform better in a supportive online learning environment. That’s why we put a highly-qualified, Michigan-certified instructor in every virtual course we offer and provide the mentors of our online learners with free training in best practices. It’s that simple, yet many online learning providers do not offer these critical supports to students.
Our student pass rate is significantly higher — more than 20 percentage points higher — than the statewide average for virtual learning. You can learn more about our state’s virtual pass rate by exploring the latest K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.
Many online course providers offer students a) no teacher at all, or b) a “teacher” who simply presents content, but does not offer students personalized feedback on their assignments. Here at Michigan Virtual, we want our students to thrive in their online courses, so we put significant effort into hiring highly-qualified, Michigan-certified teachers and training them in best practices for online instruction.
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 less overwhelming and more manageable for students.
The problem many mentors face, however, is that they do not receive adequate training on how to support their students. That’s why we offer all of our mentors a myriad of free training opportunities in best practices for mentoring online students. When mentors are prepared for their job responsibilities, they better serve online learners and facilitate greater student outcomes.
Often, when students turn to online learning, they’re looking for more options. For example, maybe they want to take an AP course or study a subject not offered in their school. Here at Michigan Virtual, we are constantly expanding our catalog to meet the needs and captivate the curiosities of our students.
We offer over 200 online courses and electives for Michigan students – including 24 AP courses, seven world languages, new Essentials courses for credit recovery and over 40 core courses and electives for middle schoolers.
Additionally, over 140 of our offerings pass the accreditation by the NCAA for student-athletes. We offer all these courses to help students pursue knowledge in the subjects that captivate them, as well as to help small districts retain the best students, supporting their efforts to compete with larger schools with broader curricula.
Part of our success lies in the use of a third party to evaluate our courses to ensure they meet Michigan’s merit requirements. As a member of Quality Matters — a nonprofit organization and recognized leader in quality assurance for online learning — we have access to:
In 2017, we received the Quality Matters Make a Difference for Students Award for Outstanding Impact by a K-12 Organization.
In 2005, we were accredited by AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners are receiving a quality education. We were subsequently re-accredited in 2010 and 2016.
When a student enrolls in one of our courses, we want them to leave the course having mastered the concepts they signed up to learn. Part of the beauty of online courses lies in the flexible nature of learning, which allows students to work at their own pace and wait until concepts are mastered before moving onto the next lesson.
We emphasize quality and comprehension in every single course that we offer. By breaking down subject matter into core concepts and evaluating students at critical milestones, we meet students where they are and help them to set the pace of their own learning.
We offer over 200 online courses and electives for high school and middle school students in Michigan – including 24 AP courses, seven world languages, new Essentials courses for credit recovery and over 40 core courses and electives for middle schoolers. Explore our course catalog today!
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.