Publications Library

Games Used in K-12 Schools: A Research Perspective »

This report provides an overview of the literature on the use of digital games in education with a focus on K-12 students and will provide practical recommendations on the use of specific games, game genres, and categories.

Helping Online Students Be Successful: Mentor Responsibilities »

As online enrollments increase, there is a growing need to examine strategies with the potential to improve course outcomes, especially since students in online courses tend to have less success compared to their face-to-face counterparts (Freidhoff, 2016; Miron, G., Gulosino & Horvitz, 2014). One strategy that shows promise is to provide students with an on-site mentor in addition to their online teacher.

Examining Teacher Education Programs and Field Experiences in K-12 Online Learning Environments »

The continued growth of online education, together with the fact that it is becoming an increasingly mainstream option for students, necessitates that teachers know how to teach in an online learning environment. Consequently, teacher education programs should prepare them to do so (Kennedy & Archambault, 2012).

MVLRI 2-15-16 Annual Report »

The MVLRI 2015-16 Annual Report addresses 20 tasks to strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education in two major areas: Support and accelerate innovation in education through the following activities and (2) Provide leadership for this state's system of digital learning education.

Professional Learning for Blended Education: Michigan Teacher Case Studies »

Professional Learning for Blended Education shares the experiences of blended learning teachers in Michigan and is the result of interviews conducted to understand their experiences and professional learning choices.

A Report to the Legislature, 2016 »

On December 1, A Report to the Legislature was submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State School Aid, the State Budget Director, the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the Department of Education that includes specific information related to the Michigan Virtual School for the preceding fiscal year.

Student Guide to Online Learning »

The Student Guide to Online Learning is for middle and high school students who are interested in taking courses online.

The Changing Role of Educators Series: The Blended Learning Coach »

This report is the first in a series of studies focused on the changing roles of educators as a result of the shift in instructional models in K-12 learning environments.

Educating Students Across Locales »

MVU launched the iEducator (iEd) program in 2015, bringing together higher education, local school districts, and MVU, to propel forward not only digital education, but face-to-face education as well.

iEducator Program Design and Reflection »

MVU launched the iEducator program in 2015, bringing together higher education, local school districts and MVU to propel forward not only digital education, but face-to-face education as well. At its core, the iEd program is a two-year digital teaching assignment with MVU. Beyond that, the iEd program involves ongoing professional learning, mentoring, and digital instruction experiences.

Fuse RI: Statewide Blended Learning Implementation: Voices from Fuse RI Stakeholders »

This report is the second in a series focused on research being conducted with the Highlander Institute on their Fuse RI project, a statewide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island (RI).

Quality Assurance in K-12 Online Learning Programs: Michigan Case Studies »

While enrollment in K-12 online and blended learning programs is growing rapidly, not all online learning options are good options. The quality and overall effectiveness of the programs and courses available today vary greatly. Increasing access to online options alone will not lead to better outcomes for students.

Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning: Student Perspectives

The Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning study provides a perspective of rural students who have engaged in a variety of forms of blended learning. Their perception is valuable to teachers and administrators who might currently be teaching a blended learning course or considering the option of teaching such a course.

Michigan's K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report 2014-15

Public Act 85 of 2015 requires MVU to submit to the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on state school aid, the state budget director, the House and Senate fiscal agencies, and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) a report highlighting virtual enrollment totals, completion rates and the overall impact of virtual learning on Michigan K-12 pupils.

Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan 2015

From Aug. 20-Aug. 24, 2015, Public Sector Consultants, Inc. (PSC), conducted a telephone poll with 800 adult residents of Michigan to obtain their opinions about online learning opportunities for public school students in Michigan.

Accountability in K-12 Online Learning Course Access Programs »

K-12 online learning continues to grow in primary and secondary schools, while educational policy strives to keep up with the ever-changing environment. Specifically in the state of Michigan, a recent statewide analysis of online learning showed that over 76,000 students took at least one virtual course in the 2013-14 school year, accounting for over 319,000 virtual enrollments.

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.

Fuse RI: An Open Access Model of K-12 Blended Learning Implementation

MVLRI is studying and documenting Fuse RI, an open access state model for supporting and expanding K - 12 blended learning in Rhode Island. Developed by the Highlander Institute in Providence, RI, Fuse RI is a national model for delivering tailored support to local school districts as they deepen their knowledge and implementation of blended learning at their own pace.

Recruiting, Training, Supporting, and Evaluating Online Teachers: A Cross-Case Analysis of Teachidng Infrastructure Across Virtual Schools

Recruiting, Training, Supporting, and Evaluating Online Teachers: A Cross-case Analysis of Teaching Infrastructure Across Virtual Schools explores teacher infrastructure practices in eight of the Virtual School Leadership Alliance members, including Georgia Virtual School, Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Illinois Virtual School, Michigan Virtual School, Montana Digital Academy, The Virtual High School, Wisconsin eSchool Network and Wisconsin Virtual School.

Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2013-14

The second annual report on K-12 virtual learning in the state of Michigan continued to show accelerated growth in use but declines in student performance measures. The report, prepared by MVLRI at the request of the Michigan Legislature, includes estimates of over 76,000 Michigan public school students participating in virtual learning enrollments during the 2013-14 school year accounting for over 319,000 virtual course enrollments.

Public Awareness and Views of K-12 Online Learning in Michigan

A strong majority of Michigan adults – 79% – feel that it is important for middle and high school students to have the option of enrolling in an online course at their local school district, according to a survey of Michigan adults. However, only 27% know Michigan has had a high school online learning requirement since 2006.

A Report to the Legislature, 2014

A Report to the Legislature, 2014, is submitted in compliance with Section 98 (6) of Public Act 196 of 2014, which requires the Michigan Virtual University to provide, not later than December 1 of each fiscal year, a report to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State School Aid, the State Budget Director, the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the Department of Education that includes specific information related to the Michigan Virtual School for the preceding fiscal year.

Mentor Fundamentals: A Guide for Mentoring Online Learners »

Mentors are critical partners in ensuring student success in navigating the virtual learning journey. The mentor, student, parent and online instructor form a team to help students become proficient online learners and successfully complete their courses.

Evaluation and Approval Constructs for Online and Blended Courses and Providers »

This report examines existing policies and practices related to the evaluation and approval of online and blended learning in the 50 states as well as relevant international examples, such as those arising from Canada’s province-based K-12 education systems.

Michigan’s Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report »

Michigan’s Virtual Learning Effectiveness report indicates that Michigan public school students participated in an estimated 185,000 virtual learning enrollments during the 2012-13 school year. The report examines the effectiveness of virtual learning for K-12 students and was prepared at the request of the Michigan Legislature.

Online Education: A Consumer Awareness Report »

This document is intended to make consumers aware of the status of online learning in Michigan and is specifically designed to inform parents, school personnel and school board members of the nature of online learning options, their effectiveness for Michigan students, the costs of these programs and current trends.

Findings and Reflections from the K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC »

Following the conclusion of a massive open online course in Fall 2013 by MVU and researchers from Kent State University, evidence presented in this report suggests that MOOCs can lead to positive outcomes, particularly as they relate to getting teachers to think more deeply about teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Implementation Guidelines: Section 21f of the State School Aid Act »

School administrators, teachers and counselors in Michigan need accurate information about the recent changes in educational policy that permit Michigan students to take online courses. This guide provides an overview of the policies found in Section 21f of the State School Aid Act, identifies basic implementation decisions schools need to explore and offers informative scenarios.

2012-13 MVLRI Annual Report »

The Annual Report for the 2012-13 school year provides a summary of the accomplishments of the Institute’ first year of operation.

What Massive Open Online Courses Have to Offer K-12 Teachers & Students »

This report presents a conversation about the potential value of MOOCs in K–12 teaching and learning.

Astonishing Impact: An Introduction to Five Computer-Based Assessment Issues »

Astonishing Impact: An Introduction to Five Computer-Based Assessment Issues is a primer on computer-based assessment research and the effect of rapidly developing technology on high- and low-stakes assessment development. The authors identify and discuss five issues showing potential for significant impact on computer-based assessments that can be delivered via the Internet.

Guidelines and Model Review Process for Online Courses »

As part of Public Act 60 of 2013, MVU was tasked with developing review criteria for online courses to be entered in the statewide catalog of courses. In pursuit of this objective, MVU selected the well-respected iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Version 2

Michigan Association for Secondary School Principals Online Learning Survey Report »

The results of this survey indicate a range of involvement with online courses — from one enrollment to 1,500 — and the same vast difference in people’s opinions of online learning — from not wanting to offer any courses to welcoming the opportunity to prepare students for online requirements in college and at work.