MVLRI provides the groundwork & research to support student success through online & blended learning platforms

The goal of MVLRI is to expand Michigan’s capacity to support new learning models, engage research to inform new policies in online and blended learning and strengthen Michigan’s infrastructure for sharing best practices to ensure student success.

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MVLRI prides itself on being a reliable resource for educators, policy makers and researchers. Our dedicated team analyzes the world of education and digs deep to deliver high-quality research so education-based stakeholders can make informed decisions.

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Featured Webinars

Educate yourself anywhere with virtual seminars and podcasts.

Our digital learning resources are accessible on the go. Take your education on the road with digital course seminars and podcasts.

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Featured Podcasts

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MVLRI provides podcasts featuring experts in the field of online and blended education that are a convenient learning experience for those on the go. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off, then come back for more.

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Impact of Virtual Learning in Michigan Schools

Michigan's K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report 2016-17

Key findings in Michigan's effectiveness report for 2016-17 include:

  • 593 school districts reported at least one virtual enrollment

  • 73% of schools with virtual enrollments had a general education school emphasis; 25% had an alternative education emphasis

  • Schools with a general education emphasis had a 62% virtual pass rate, outperforming those with an alternative education emphasis which had a pass rate of 44%

  • 27% of schools had a schoolwide virtual pass rate of 90% to 100%

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Featured Blog

How Michigan school handbooks present information about online learning

How Michigan school handbooks present information about online learning

Michigan’s K-12 online learning policies have evolved significantly over the last two decades, allowing for more instructional options and learning… Read more

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Featured Fellow

Jered Borup

Jered Borup, George Mason University

George Mason University

Jered Borup is the professor-in-charge of the Integration of Online Learning in Schools Master’s and Certificate programs that are devoted… Read more

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Key Collaborators

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Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University
Michael K. Barbour, Touro University
Dennis Beck, University of Arkansas
Jered Borup, George Mason University
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University
Charles Graham, Brigham Young University
Chin-Hsi Lin, Michigan State University
Susan Lowes & Peiyi Lin, Columbia University
Binbin Zheng, Michigan University
Tom Clark, Tom Clark Consulting
Mark Deschaine, Central Michigan University
Rick Ferdig, Kent State University
Gordon Freedman, National Laboratory for Education Transformation
Barbara Treacy, Harvard University
Erin Stafford & Jacqueline Zweig, Education Development Center (EDC)
Gary Miron & Luis Huerta, National Education Policy Center
Andy Hung & Kerry Rice, Boise State University

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