The 11th MVU Online Learning Symposium will be held April 11, 2016, at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost, including a continental breakfast and lunch, is $25.

The Symposium will focus on the significance of personalized student learning and how online and blended instructional practices are contributing to student success. The Symposium will feature:

  • Keynote presentations;
  • Expert panels; and
  • Topic specific breakout sessions, including Effective Leadership for Blended Learning, Managing Quality in Online Learning and State Technology Planning.
Keynote Speakers

Buddy Berry
Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools
Eminence, Kentucky

Buddy Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. His School on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model is currently in its fourth full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. It is grounded on a model of mastery learning with systemic ICE (Interventions, Connections, and Enrichments). Dr. Berry is in his 6th year as Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools and developed the School on FIRE model based on the CCSSO's six core principals of innovation. View School on Fire video »

Brian J. Whiston
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Prior to his selection as state superintendent, Brian Whiston served as Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools – the state’s third largest school district. His involvement in education started long before his time in Dearborn. During his 10 years as Director of Government and Community Services for the Oakland County ISD, Whiston consistently demonstrated his ability to work with state government to bring financial resources to schools, lead his department to improved student achievement, and help make all schools in the county successful. Whiston joined the Board of Directors of Michigan Virtual University in 2015.


Joe Freidhoff
Vice President of Research, Policy & Professional Learning, MVU

Joe Freidhoff has been with MVU since 2009. Dr. Freidhoff earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technologies from Michigan State University and specializes in data-driven decision making, analysis of student and teacher performance, course evaluation and data optimization. He also has experience teaching in face-to-face and online settings, having taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Before returning to school for his Ph.D., Dr. Freidhoff taught high school English in Michigan.



The Symposium is brought to you in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education and Blackboard.


Agenda & Registration