Tag Archives: Michigan Virtual University

April 2015

April 2015 Virtual and Online School News

Presented by Mark Sivy, Ed.D.

Study of Online Passing Rates in Michigan Suggests That Online Learning Is Not For Everyone (Keeping Pace)

In this post I review more deeply one key aspect of the study: the rates at which students are passing online courses, and implications for how online courses and schools are made…

Supporting Teachers in Using Online Inquiry-Based Games (Next Gen Learning Blog)

As part of a pilot project, we’ve been working with teachers to implement The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. The Radix Endeavor is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) developed at the MIT Education Arcade; it is designed to improve…

Inquiry-based Learning

Online regulation bill quickly killed (Chalkbeat Colorado)

This year’s proposal to change the regulation of online schools that operate across multiple districts was killed Monday by…

The Instructor Role in the Virtual Classroom (Virtual School Leadership Alliance)

For many, the virtual classroom is difficult to understand without first-hand experience. It is true that a virtual classroom does not have walls, rows of desks or an end-of-class bell, but…

It Really Is Different: Observing Online Teachers in an Asynchronous Environment (Virtual School Leadership Alliance)

As states adopt teacher observation protocols and frameworks to observe and evaluate teachers, such as the Danielson Group’s “Framework for Teaching,” educational leaders are determining how the process for observing online teachers is…

Michigan Study Provides Detailed Online Learning Data; Shows Student Attributes and Growth in Online Enrollments (Keeping Pace)

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, which is a center at the Michigan Virtual University®, has recently released its latest Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report. The study reviews virtual learning in Michigan during school year 2013-14. The report provides summary information showing…

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Anyone Can Be a Teacher at Skillshare, an Online School (The New York Times)

Susan Orlean was considering giving up teaching. She had taught courses at New York University and at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College but was finding it difficult to maintain a…


Virtual School Effectiveness

Michigan Virtual School Course Effectiveness

by Mark Sivy

The effectiveness of virtual learning for K-12 students was studied and presented In a recent report from the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™ (MVLRI™), a division of Michigan Virtual University (MVU). Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report indicates that virtual course enrollments in the Michigan Virtual School have seen rapid growth, increasing from 89,921 in 2010-2011 to 185,053 in 2012-2013. This report was prepared at the request of the Michigan Legislature to examine the overall impact of virtual courses on K-12 students

Mike Flanagan, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, stated “It is very helpful to see the data that schools are required to submit for virtual enrollments being turned into useful information that can help impact instruction and policy in Michigan.” Jamey Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of MVU, adds “The data suggest that students with lower academic success in traditional classroom environments are more often directed to virtual learning options. I am surprised that schools are not doing more to guide students with demonstrated success as independent learners into virtual learning options.”

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Michigan Virtual School is a division of Michigan Virtual University

The researchers, Dr. Joe Freidhoff (Executive Director of MVLRI), Kristen DeBruler, and Kathryn Kennedy, concluded:

  • There are inherent issues in the reporting of data that could lead to an inaccuracy in the current findings.
  • The current process that’s in place for the collection of state data at the school level is not producing sufficient data to be able to have a definitive understanding of what does and doesn’t work.
  • The data that does exist has resulted in mixed outcomes, indicating virtual course successes and weaknesses.

Please visit THE Journal’s article to read about David Nagel’s views on the report

To view the full report >>