Month: September 2017

Matt Daly is the Director at SOAR Academic Institute in South Redford, Michigan. SOAR serves students in grades 6 through 12 with a fully online curriculum and provides support to students through on-site mentoring and coaching. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is nearly 150 students, 60% of whom are behind in course credits and… Read more

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Authors Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Michigan Virtual Kristi Peacock, Michigan Virtual Kristen DeBruler, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Anecdotal evidence from course designers and Michigan Virtual School® (now known as Michigan Virtual™) instructors suggested that some students were not fully engaged with their online course materials. There was a commonly held belief by instructional staff and designers that some… Read more

Authors Yining Zhang Michigan State University Chin-Hsi Lin The University of Hong Kong In recent years, online courses have become a major alternative method for at-risk students’ credit recovery (CR) efforts. According to a report released by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), CR has become a major reason for students to choose… Read more

Anecdotal evidence from course designers and Michigan Virtual™ instructors suggested that some students were not fully engaged with their online course materials. There was a commonly held belief by instructional staff and designers that some students were picking and choosing which assignments to do and only did the minimum required to get their desired grade. It was thought that some students were spending only as much time in the course as absolutely necessary, and even when in the course, not taking full advantage of all course materials.

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts written by Michigan Virtual’s Regional Mentor Leaders to bring to life what mentors do to build and maintain a supportive online learner environment to help students be successful. If you are a mentor and would like to share a strategy, a success story, or another topic that illustrates how you support students, please email [email protected]

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