online learning http://michiganradio.org en How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-effective-are-online-classes-k-12-students-michigan <p></p> <p> Online learning. Make no mistake about it: It is here and it is growing.</p><p>The number of students taking online courses has grown 52% in the past three years. In the 2012-2013 school year, some 55,000 students in Michigan took a virtual course.</p><p>A new report from the Michigan Virtual University looks at virtual learning for K-12 students –who’s taking online classes, what kinds of classes and how effective the classes are.</p><p>The results are mixed.</p><p>Jamey Fitzpatrick is president and CEO of Michigan Virtual University, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 17237 at http://michiganradio.org How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? Study: Online learning needs to be more personalized http://michiganradio.org/post/study-online-learning-needs-be-more-personalized <p>A new <a href="http://www.mivu.org/Default.aspx?tabid=57">study by Michigan Virtual University</a> is calling for schools to do more to adapt online learning to students' learning needs.</p><p>MVU is a non-profit set up by the state in 1998. It offers online courses and professional development to Michigan's K-12 schools.</p><p>MVU interviewed dozens of state and national education leaders about the future of education and the best role for technology.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:03:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11661 at http://michiganradio.org Study: Online learning needs to be more personalized Communication problems at a virtual school cost one public school district money http://michiganradio.org/post/communication-problems-virtual-school-cost-one-public-school-district-money <p>Officials at a southwest Michigan school district are asking the state&rsquo;s superintendent to return close to half a million dollars. The state deducted the money from the Gull Lake Community Schools district last school year over mistakes the state says the district made with its new virtual school.</p><p>&quot;For an online course there has to be two way communication a number of times during the semester. And what happened is that &ndash; well they weren&rsquo;t able to meet that requirement. They weren&rsquo;t able to show us there was two way communication,&rdquo; Ellis said.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:39:38 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8674 at http://michiganradio.org School funding overhaul could be on the way http://michiganradio.org/post/school-funding-overhaul-could-be-way <p>An overhaul of how Michigan pays for public schools could be on the way. Gov. Rick Snyder wants that to be a big part of his budget proposal in early 2013.&nbsp; The governor has named Lansing attorney Richard McLellan to lead the process.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />McLellan says the state&rsquo;s funding system is overdue for a shakeup.<br /> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:19:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 8296 at http://michiganradio.org School funding overhaul could be on the way U of M to offer free online classes this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-offer-free-online-classes-summer <p>Beginning this summer, the <a href="http://umich.edu">University of Michigan</a> will offer a number of online classes that anyone from anywhere in the world can take&hellip;for free.</p><p>A professor from the U of M business school will teach a class on finance. Want to know about electronic voting in time for the November presidential election? You can take a course called securing digital democracy.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:53:25 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7089 at http://michiganradio.org U of M to offer free online classes this summer Parents question lawmakers on cyber and charter schools, funding changes http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-question-lawmakers-cyber-and-charter-schools-funding-changes <p>Five state lawmakers took tough questions from parents in East Grand Rapids Wednesday night. The legislative committee&nbsp;of the schools&#39; PTA&nbsp;hosted the lawmakers; four republicans and one democrat.&nbsp;Hot issues included a proposed bill on cyber schools and the governor&rsquo;s proposed k-12 budget for next school year.</p><p><strong>Cyber&nbsp;charter schools</strong></p><p>Last year Michigan <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-signs-law-removing-cap-michigan-charter-schools">lifted the cap on how many charter schools</a> public universities can&nbsp;run. Now, there&rsquo;s&nbsp;a bill <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(rspby055mt3qsb45creq55mf))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0619">proposed that would&nbsp;allow more cyber charter schools </a>to operate.</p><p>Many parents asked the lawmakers why cyber schools get the same amount of state money per child as brick and morter ones. State Representative Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) said cyber schools shouldn&rsquo;t get as much, saying the savings should be passed on to the taxpayers. Cyber charters can be run by national&nbsp;for-profit companies.</p><p>Tina Murua has two kids enrolled in East Grand Rapids schools. &ldquo;I fear that they&rsquo;ve couched the whole thing in terms of parental choice because&hellip;who can argue with that? It&rsquo;s a brilliant strategy but it was a false choice,&rdquo; Murua said. She worries companies are pushing states to allow more cyber schools just to make money. &nbsp;</p><p>The state senate already approved the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billengrossed/Senate/pdf/2011-SEBS-0619.pdf">cyber charter&nbsp;school bill.</a> It passed the State House Education&nbsp;Committee&nbsp;in late February. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:30:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6552 at http://michiganradio.org Parents question lawmakers on cyber and charter schools, funding changes More online K-12 schools coming to Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/more-online-k-12-schools-coming-michigan <p>The debate over the effectiveness of K-through-12 cyber schools is ramping up at the state Capitol.</p><p>A state House panel is considering a measure that would allow&nbsp;more &quot;cyber schools&quot; to operate in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>There are currently two cyber schools authorized in Michigan.</p><p>Former state schools Superintendent Tom Watkins supports allowing more cyber schools to operate in the state. But he cautioned lawmakers to take careful consideration of how well individual schools are performing. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I would invoke an old Chinese saying; that once you open the window, all the flies can come in,&rdquo; said Watkins.</p><p>Those opposed to more cyber schools in the state say not enough is known about their success rates.</p><p>Democratic state Representative Rudy Hobbs, playing on Watkins&#39; flies metaphor, said he wants to make sure new&nbsp;cyber schools operating in the state meet high performance standards.</p><p>&quot;Once we pass this, we open up the window. All the flies can come in; every single one of them,&quot; said Hobbs. &quot;And then we have to try and figure out which ones are good, which ones are bad, get our fly-swatter out and kind of kill the ones that are bad. Why get the fly-swatter out? Let&rsquo;s just make sure we let the good ones come in and be done with it.&quot;</p><p>Supporters of online learning say kids and parents should be afforded more education options and opportunities in the digital age. And they say wait-lists for cyber schools are long.</p><p>Republican state Representative Tom&nbsp;McMillin&nbsp;chairs the House Education Committee.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.2em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;Education is changing, and it&rsquo;s changing rapidly. But if we don&rsquo;t change, the world&rsquo;s not waiting. And we can&rsquo;t be stuck in some of the older ways of doing things and our kids are going to be left behind and our state is,&quot; said McMillin.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder says he wants traditional public schools to incorporate more cyber-learning. But he has not called for more online-only schools.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:30:04 +0000 Laura Weber 5947 at http://michiganradio.org More online K-12 schools coming to Michigan? Grand Rapids schools hopes to improve online learning model http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-schools-hopes-improve-online-learning-model <p><a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/FerdigReview_1_2.pdf">A report out this week</a> shows more than half of high school freshmen and sophomores failed the first semester of the new blended-online courses at Grand Rapids Public Schools. GRPS is Michigan&#39;s third largest K-12 district.</p><p>The program launched in the fall of 2010. At the time it was (and may very well continue to be) incredibly controversial. Like any new program, Grand Rapids schools spokesman John Helmholdt says there was an adjustment period the first semester.</p><p>&ldquo;There was both a district-wide layoff but also a huge early retirement incentive where we had more than 400 teachers, principals, and support staff retire; and so that first semester was a little rocky,&rdquo; Helmholdt said. The retirement incentive was offered by the State of Michigan to try to save districts and the state money.</p><p>Test scores improved in the spring 2011 semester, but the failure rate was still 44-percent. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:25:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5122 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids schools hopes to improve online learning model