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MVLRI is dedicated to taking education techniques to the next level. We believe that with proper research, the ways we learn can continue to evolve to strengthen our futures.

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Executive Summary Online learning enrollments are growing in Michigan year over year, and part of meeting the student demand for high quality online courses is training and certifying Michigan teachers with the requisite skills and knowledge to design online… Read more

Introduction Michigan Virtual staff have developed a digital mobile application for use by K-12 teachers. The application serves three basic functions: Serves as a platform for teachers and education professionals to network and connect to other professionals within their… Read more

The Initial Book Study Course: Teaching with Poverty in Mind In 2016, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asked Michigan Virtual to develop an experience that would extend the learning taking place at a state-wide school improvement conference to… Read more

Executive Summary In this project we explored student behavioral, textual, and limited demographic data retrieved from Michigan Virtual School for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. One overarching goal was to determine the type of data we could collect… Read more

Abstract This study analyzes national and state enrollment data to examine racial and economic diversity in virtual charter schools (VCS). Previous research shows that VCSs enroll higher percentages of white students and lower percentages of economically disadvantaged students compared… Read more

ABSTRACT Present research has devoted attention to a long-standing problem: how to better serve students who take K-12 online mathematics courses by investigating learner subgroups based on their semester-long learning trajectories. Mixture growth modeling was used to examine month-by-month… Read more

Abstract A recent nationwide study revealed that very few teacher education programs are preparing K-12 online teachers for success in the online learning environment (Archambault et al., 2016), which leaves virtual schools with the need to provide their own… Read more

Table of Contents  Introduction Schools Courses Students Maps Conclusion Appendix A – Methodology Appendix – B School Tables Table B1. 2016-17 Count and Pass Rate of K-12 Virtual Enrollments by Grade Level Table B2. 2016-17 Pass Rate Comparison for… Read more

Abstract An adequate, sustainable force of educators with strong preparation for working with students with disabilities has been difficult to secure in traditional settings; that shortage exists in online settings as well. While there are nascent understandings about instructor… Read more

Abstract The number of K-12 students taking online courses has increased tremendously over the past few years. However, while most current research in online learning focuses either on comparing its overall effectiveness with traditional learning or examining perceptions or… Read more

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