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  1. 1. Michigan Virtual School (MVS) A Division of Michigan Virtual University You Can Learn Virtually Anything® Nancy Wooten EDTC650, Assignment #2
  2. 2. MVS. Changing Education. Changing Lives. School hasn’t changed much – or has it? Source: http://youtu.be/g835vpN-Bxo
  3. 3. Mission <ul><li>The over-arching goal of MVU is to serve as a catalyst for change by providing quality Internet-based programs that strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education. </li></ul><ul><li>The long-term view of success for MVU is to provide leadership by expanding, improving and innovating opportunities for K-12 students and educators. </li></ul>Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=246 Vision
  4. 4. MVS Home Page Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=38
  5. 5. Source(s): Staker, 2011; Watson, J., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., & Rapp, C., 2010; http://www.mivu.org/AboutUs/FastFacts/tabid/363/Default.aspx Fast Facts about MVS Start Date 2000 Organizational Structure <ul><li>Blended model </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor-led courses </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor-less courses </li></ul>Regulatory Environment <ul><li>Governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised </li></ul><ul><li>Private, non-profit, non-government operated, 501c3 </li></ul>Scope of Offerings <ul><li>150 unique courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>19 AP courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 different foreign languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Core academic courses of math, English, science and social studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>50 courses available for middle school students </li></ul><ul><li>Two comprehensive career development systems </li></ul><ul><li>Low-cost and no-cost online professional development for the K-12 community </li></ul>Student Body Grades 6-12; majority of students take courses remotely while attending a traditional middle or high school
  6. 6. Source(s): http://www.mivhs.org/AboutUs/Help/TechnicalRequirements/tabid/396/Default.aspx ; http://www.mivhs.org/Courses/CourseCalendars/tabid/355/Default.aspx ; http://www.mivhs.org/Courses/tabid/56/Default.aspx Fast Facts (continued) Accreditation AdvancED Calendar Structure <ul><li>Semester (18 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Trimester (12 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Track (6 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Student Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School (18 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer (8 weeks) </li></ul>Course Styles <ul><li>Flex (instructor-led) </li></ul><ul><li>MVS Basic (instructor supported) </li></ul><ul><li>Student Direct (instructor-less) </li></ul>Enrollment 15,060 (2009-2010 course enrollments) Technical Requirements <ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Web browsers, java script and cookies </li></ul><ul><li>Browser plug-ins and other software </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro web conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul>
  7. 7. Michigan… #2 state in the nation for online learning Source: http://youtu.be/xBQy59SjpDc
  8. 8. Comments from Jay Bennett, MVS Instruction and Course Coordinator (MVS Instructor for eight years, parent of MVS student and current Administrator) Source: Telephone interview, 10/13/11 <ul><li>Q: What do you see as the biggest benefit that MVS provides? </li></ul><ul><li>A: Flexibility. I can give you many examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have a world class gymnast – world class. Without virtual schools it would impede upon her ability to continue her education, as in a face-to-face school. With MVS she can continue her studies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students that are home on medical disabilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who have been bullied in school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students in rural areas that don’t have the breadth of courses for AP or foreign languages – this is a way we can offer more than some smaller districts. A school system can’t justify teaching three kids AP psychology; now they can go to their computer lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility is the biggest advantage! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Comments from Jay Bennett, MVS Instruction and Course Coordinator (continued) Q: What challenges have you seen with online learning or virtual schooling? A: Same as face-to-face. Not every kid is built to take courses in a classroom of 30 students with one instructor, and not all kids are built for online learning, because they lack self-discipline. If they are not getting the support on either end, it is not going to work. There are no more or less advantages / disadvantages; just differences. Q: MVS offers classes to grades 6-12. Do you see more success in any particular age bracket? A: All students are different. A lot depends on the support that they are getting at school and at home.
  10. 10. Comments from Jay Bennett, MVS Instruction and Course Coordinator (continued) Q: Any closing comments you would like to add regarding virtual schooling and online learning? A: I think it is important to realize that online learning and virtual schooling is another tool that we can use to become the ‘be-all or end-all.’ Virtual schools and online learning offer flexibility and alternatives – they are just another option that the kids have available to them. MVU Staff; Source: http://www.mivu.org/AboutUs/StaffDirectory/tabid/186/Default.aspx
  11. 11. Online courses with the MVS… changing education, changing lives Source: http://youtu.be/6E3ogJzfftg
  12. 12. Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=38
  13. 13. <ul><li>Over 150 courses available </li></ul><ul><li>Explore a career through myDreamExplorer® website or a </li></ul><ul><li>CareerForward® course </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning provides alternatives – to catch up on missed credits, take AP classes or foreign languages, learn when traditional hours don’t fit your schedule, or to supplement your current learning program. </li></ul>Students – online academics and career exploration Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=185
  14. 14. Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=267
  15. 15. <ul><li>Professional development and curriculum resources for Michigan teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Online courses for your students </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning expands options for students, teaches 21 st century learning skills, helps make learning relevant, is proven effective and gives educators new ways to reach students. </li></ul>Teachers – online resources for you and your students Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=267 ; http://www.mivhs.org/Home/Teacher/TeacherFAQs/tabid/392/Default.aspx
  16. 16. Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=268
  17. 17. <ul><li>Professional development for you and your staff </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your curriculum, provide flexibility to your students. </li></ul><ul><li>MVS courses meet Michigan Curriculum Framework and National standards. </li></ul><ul><li>MVS courses supplement, not replace, what is offered in Michigan schools. </li></ul>Administrators – online solutions that complement your school's curriculum Source: http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=268
  18. 18. <ul><li>Lori MacDonald, online teacher for three years (but with over 20 years teaching experience), reports she “enjoys online classes because they allow students instant access to phones, information and other material during lessons.” </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan has gained national attention as the first state to make online learning a requirement for high school graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan has provided significant leadership for the rest of the nation in online learning and is looked upon as a pioneer in the field. </li></ul><ul><li>Jamey Fitzpatrick, MVS CEO, states “what’s encouraging is that we can offer classes students wouldn’t normally have access to.” </li></ul><ul><li>Fitzpatrick adds, “it’s important to have face-to-face learning, but you can get a lot from an online course.” </li></ul>Excerpts from Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2/16/09: “Online classes boom, so state ranks high” Source: Ivey, D., 2009
  19. 19. <ul><li>Virtual learning can produce results at least equal to, and perhaps greater than, those achieved in traditional classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual learning is no ordinary “choice”; it has the ability to transcend geographical and teacher-time constraints in ways that building new brick-and-mortar schools cannot. </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton Christiansen, Harvard Business School, suggests that virtual learning is a similarly “disruptive innovation” [such as the transistor radio in 1955] that can revolutionize how schools operate. </li></ul><ul><li>In Christiansen’s view, such programs, targeted at small and often marginalized segments of the school-age population, will be the vanguard of a virtual learning revolution that will ultimately transform public education. </li></ul>Excerpts from “Expanding Virtual Learning Opportunities in Michigan” Source: Van Beek, M., 2011
  20. 20. <ul><li>This study analyzes the financial costs and academic benefits of virtual learning, such as MVS. </li></ul><ul><li>The issue at stake is that Michigan is struggling to maintain their educational programs; the question raised, can online learning be the solution? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the school begun to create economies of scale? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MVS = $4,680 per pupil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan’s per pupil allowance = $7,162 (53% more than MVS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students can access thousands of courses; learn from the best instructors in the country, and learn at their own pace. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual learning is flexible, affordable, and effective. </li></ul>Excerpts from “Virtual Learning in Michigan’s Schools” Source: Van Beek, M., 2011
  21. 21. <ul><li>16 teachers from MVS participated in a study to identify the best practices of virtual school instructors. </li></ul><ul><li>All teachers possessed a teaching certificate, were highly qualified in the field of instruction, and had at least three years of virtual school teaching experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Results from the data analyses showed consistent instructional themes from all participants – 12 general characteristics (personal/instructional characteristics), two classroom management strategies (behavior issues), and 23 pedagogical strategies (content delivery and content based activities). </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion – More research is needed to substantiate the characteristics of quality virtual school teachers. </li></ul>Excerpts from “Best practices in teaching K-12 online: Lessons learned from MVS teachers” Source: DiPietro, Ferdig, Black, & Preston, 2008
  22. 22. One parent’s story… Sandra Delisi, Carlin’s mother Source: http://youtu.be/-Bu-ZdAbIIY
  23. 23. Evaluation Effectiveness in Serving: Parents Students Teachers/Administrators <ul><li>Giving flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Providing convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Offering parental support groups </li></ul><ul><li>Learning planned around work schedules, activities, or other responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring of each child’s learning </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to stay involved and connected </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding and improving selection of curriculum choices </li></ul><ul><li>Giving flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Providing convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Providing access to a wide variety of supplemental courses </li></ul><ul><li>Working at your own pace </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing online career development tools </li></ul><ul><li>Having individual/group support and contact with teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Providing social benefits – courses, clubs, outings </li></ul><ul><li>Giving flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Giving educators new ways to reach students </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing teachers to receive supplemental income by teaching/designing courses </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding and improving selection of curriculum choices </li></ul><ul><li>Saving money and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Improving technology skills </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>MVS home page http://www.mivhs.org/Home/tabid/38/Default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>About MVS http://www.mivhs.org/AboutUs/tabid/246/Default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Site map http://www.mivhs.org/AboutUs/SiteMap/tabid/486/Default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Course catalog https://cems.mivu.org/public_catalog_new.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Career planning http://www.mivhs.org/Default.aspx?tabid=245 </li></ul><ul><li>MVS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/michiganvirtual </li></ul>Quick Links
  25. 25. <ul><li>DiPietro, M., Ferdig, R., Black, E., & Preston, M. (2008). Best practices in teaching K-12 online: Lessons learned from Michigan Virtual School teachers. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, (7) 1, 10-35. Retrieved from http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/pdf/7.1.2.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Ivey, D. (2009). Online classes boom, so state ranks high. Grand Rapids Business Journal, 27 (7), 6. Retrieved from EBSCO host . </li></ul><ul><li>Staker, H. (2011). The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models. Retrieved from http://www.mivu.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=JBKVdw0pd4Q=&tabid=373 </li></ul><ul><li>Van Beek, M. (2011). Expanding virtual learning opportunities in Michigan . Retrieved from http://www.mackinac.org/14479 </li></ul><ul><li>Van Beek, M. (2011). Virtual learning in Michigan’s schools. A Mackinac Center Report. Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Retrieved from EBSCO host. </li></ul><ul><li>Watson, J., Murin, A., Vashaw, L., Gemin, B., & Rapp, C. (2010). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning: An annual review of policy and practice. Retrieved from http://www.kpk12.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/KeepingPaceK12_2010.pdf </li></ul>Sources
  26. 26. Michigan Virtual School University Corporate Research Park 3101 Technology Boulevard, Suite G Lansing, Michigan 48910-8546 517-336-7733 Presentation by: Nancy Smith Wooten EDTC650 ASSIGNMENT #2 Narration by Emilee Wooten