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The Work of Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute

Kathryn Kennedy (MVU, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, USA)
Joe Freidhoff (Michigan Virtual University, USA)
Rebecca Stimson (Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, USA)
Kristen DeBruler (MVU, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, USA)
Justin Bruno (MVU, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, USA)
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October 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
Leadership, Values and Society
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Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
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45 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Team members from Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, a division of the Michigan Virtual University, present current studies they are conducting around the US.

Extended Abstract

In 2012, the Governor and Michigan Legislature passed legislation requiring Michigan Virtual University (MVU¨) to establish a center for online learning research and innovation -- Michigan Virtual Learning Research Instituteª (MVLRIª). The goal of the MVLRIª, or the Institute, is to expand Michigan's capacity to support new learning models, engage in active research to inform new policies in online and blended learning, and strengthen the state's infrastructures for sharing best practices. Each year, staff is required to work on a variety of projects, typically 15-20. To augment the Institute work, MVLRI engages state and national experts and distinguished researchers in K-12 online learning from K-12, higher education, and private industry through our Fellows program. In this session, MVLRI team members will share more information about what they do and highlight a few of the many studies they are currently conducting around the United States. Included in these studies are program evaluations of blended learning initiatives; college admissions offices and their perceptions of K-12 online learning; creation of online teacher endorsement pathways implemented by multiple state, regional, college/university, and local stakeholders; and students' locations (using census data locale codes) and their achievement. Additionally, some of MVLRI's Fellows' work will be shared, including work on exploring quality assurance measures in K-12 online and blended learning, mentor certification in relation to student success, and teacher-to-student ratios in virtual schools.

Lead Presenter

Kathryn Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Michigan Virtual University's Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in educational technology from the University of Florida. Her research and practice-based interests include educator preparation for technology integration and instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments.