MVU Revamps Professional Development Portal


The Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Virtual University have revamped LearnPort, a professional development portal for K-12 educators in that state. Aside from a comprehensive redesign, the portal also gets a new "Collaboration Center" for educators to share their best practices with one another.

LearnPort, which started in 2003, currently serves more than 20,000 users and includes courses and materials on a wide range of topics, from physics, chemistry, and biology to differentiated instruction. The new Collaboration Center allows teachers to meet in community rooms, exchange e-mails, join chat sessions, engage in forum discussions, and post calendar items, among other activities.

Said MVU President Jamey Fitzpatrick, "The new and improved Michigan LearnPort website is up and running. We're excited about the opportunity to serve more than 100,000 K-12 school employees in Michigan with quality online programs aimed at building their skills and knowledge."

The LearnPort portal is open to Michigan-certificated teachers and administrators and Michigan professional education organizations.

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