Michigan Virtual University Releases Online Course Quality Review Guidelines

LANSING — The Guidelines and Review Process for the statewide catalog of online courses, developed to comply with a new policy contained in the FY14 State School Aid Act, is now available at http://media.mivu.org/institute/pdf/guidelines_model_2013.pdf.

Section 21f of Public Act 60 of 2013 enables public school students in grades 5-12 (with the consent of parent or guardian) to enroll in up to two online courses during an academic term, semester or trimester. The legislation allows students to select online course offerings from their local district catalog of online courses or from those available in the statewide catalog of online course titles.

As a condition of offering an online course, either as part of a district catalog or as part of the statewide catalog, a district is responsible for producing an online course syllabus. The legislation also requires that the syllabus include the results of the online course quality review using the guidelines and model review process published by Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®).

The guidelines and model review process draw from nationally recognized best practices, national online learning standards, State of Michigan content standards and MVU’s substantial experience with reviewing online courses and online educational content.

MVU solicited public feedback on a draft version of the document during the month of August. During this time, a draft version was widely distributed to Michigan educational organizations and a copy was made available through the MVU website.


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