Registration is CLOSED for the 2013-2014 school year
What is the Maine Virtual Learning Consortium?
In October 2011, representatives from more than 20 Maine schools and districts attended a meeting hosted by the Maine International Center for Digital Learning (MICDL) to express strong support for the idea of a new online course option for Maine high schools.
In January 2012, the Maine Virtual Learning Consortium (MEVLC) was created as a Maine-based, non-profit, collaborative and affordable approach to helping meet the needs of Maine high school students for good online courses that have strong in-person supports. The Consortium was formed as a program of MICDL, a non-profit with offices on the campus of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston. The Consortium’s initial school partner was Maine Regional School Union (RSU) 19, which provided both design and technical support for the launch of the program. (MEVLC is pronounced mev-lek.)
For the 2012-13 school year, MEVLC's first year of operation, the Consortium consists of four Partner Schools, each of which has a primary representative on the Consortium’s Design Team: Chris Elkington, Principal of Massabesic High School (Co-chair); Cari Medd, Principal of Poland Regional High School (Co-Chair); Dan Bowers, Assistant Principal of Messalonskee High School; and Kern Kelley, Educational Technologist for RSU 19/Nokomis Regional High School. Kern also serves as the Consortium’s Associate Director. John Newlin, Executive Director of MICDL, is the Director of the Consortium.
Why should schools and students consider MEVLC?
1. Frequent opportunities for high levels of Interactivity between and among students and teachers, such as small-group real-time video discussions.
2. Strong connections to Community (the online learning community created for each course, each student’s local community, and the broader global community.)
3. Continuous development of a Digital Portfolio for each student.
4. A curriculum-embedded approach to teaching Media Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, infographics, audio/video, Internet research, media analysis, and media ethics).