HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - The Elearning! Media Group has named Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®) to the annual Learning! 100 for creating an online program that helps teachers who serve special education students as they transition from high school graduation to life after school.
Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading provider of learning management systems, powers Michigan LearnPort®, MVU's online portal for K-12 teachers and school administrators. The Meridian Global LMS delivers professional development training to school employees, provides access to various educational resources, offers public and private online collaboration spaces, and allows local administrators to assign and report on training usage at a building or across a district.
Through the portal, teachers and staff receive instructional content related to transition planning and transition assessment. The program was part of a multi-prong effort to improve teachers and administrators' federally mandated special education services. The content also contributed to raising compliance rates in school districts. In the year after the content was delivered, statewide compliance rose from a very low rate to nearly 100 percent.
"Michigan LearnPort and its partners created a virtual location to post documents and other resources, review progress and keep a calendar of milestones and progress for the special education transition courses," said Jason Marentette, program manager for Michigan LearnPort. "The innovation and collaboration that comes from our partnership with Meridian made this program a success, and led to the award."
Michigan LearnPort and its extended team have created more courses for the special education initiative. A fourth course about post-school vision is in development.
Michigan teachers, administrators and other staff use the e-learning portal to earn recertification credits and take compliance and professional development courses. Michigan LearnPort offers more than 1,000 high-quality online courses and recorded over 30,000 course enrollments in the last fiscal year.
The Elearning! Media Group publishes Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. The publisher will honor the Learning! 100 at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo at an awards reception on August 26, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.
MVU is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School®, Michigan LearnPort®, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™.
Meridian Knowledge Solutions is the #1-rated human-capital management company for customer loyalty, with a documented customer retention rate of 98 percent. Meridian provides integrated solutions for over 350 clients with 8.5 million active users including AutoZone, Bell Helicopter, CSX Corporation, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Panera Bread, Sunrise Senior Living, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than 80 federal, state and local governments. Meridian takes a unique approach to tailor every solution to exact client needs. Meridian asks the right questions, listens and molds its solution to fit its customers' unique requirements. Meridian offers SaaS, private cloud or on-premise deployments.
Meridian's flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, integrates advanced learning management, mobile learning, social learning, e-commerce, learning content management, performance management and workforce analytics into one fully integrated solution. Meridian also provides strategic professional services, mobile and e-learning courseware development and hosting services. Meridian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit www.meridianksi.com, or follow Meridian on Twitter @meridianks.