The Online Learning Graduation Requirement
Students can meet the Michigan Merit Curriculum online learning requirement in one of three ways:

1. Take an Online Course

"An entire course delivered through an intranet or internet connection" (Michigan Department of Education, 2006, p. 6).

2. Have an Online Learning Experience in an Existing Course

"A combination of structured, sustained, integrated, online experiences accessed via a telecommunications network. Meaningful online learning activities usually require a period of time for students to practice using technology tools, explore the virtual learning environment, and develop a competency operating in this space. Structured, sustained online experiences have more instructional value than informal one-time online learning events. These experiences could include a combination of voice, video, and online activities. This integrated online experience should be enough to develop competency for learning in a virtual environment. The meaningful online experience requires a minimum accumulation of twenty hours for students to become proficient in using technology tools to virtually explore content" (Michigan Department of Education, 2006, p. 7).

3. Incorporate Online Learning into Each of the Required Credits

"Students must take an online course or learning experience or have the online learning experience incorporated into each course of the required curriculum beginning with the class of 2011. Schools choosing this integrated option will have a plan in place that will assist teachers with the integration of an online learning experience into each of the required credits of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. This can be accomplished by choosing any combination of the options in the online learning experience. Utilizing an online learning management system, such as Moodle, Blackboard, or Desire2Learn for a “hybrid” instructional experience (online learning used to complement traditional face to face instruction) is another option. The online instruction or experience should be a minimum accumulation of 20 hours" (Michigan Department of Education, 2006, p. 8).

Most schools seem to be opting for the second option!
What about you?