School Board Guide to Online Learning
This guide has been prepared by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®, with review and support from the Michigan Association of School Boards, to acquaint school board members with K-12 online learning. The guide includes general information about K-12 online learning, successful attributes of online learners and online programs, and Michigan-specific requirements that all districts need to abide by. It also references many practical resources for more in-depth study.
While Michigan has a few cyber schools — schools that typically deliver 100% of their instruction online — the majority of online learning is delivered by traditional public schools who are supplementing their face-to-face offerings with online enrollments where students can take a small number of online courses as part of their class schedule. This guide focuses primarily on supplemental online learning, though much of the information applies equally to full-time online programs and schools.