From the Ground to the Net: Double Your Income with Online Schools
Are you dissatisfied with the pay you are receiving in your on the ground class? Do you dislike the commute you must take-25-50 miles-to meet your class? And what do you spend on cleaning bills so that you will look freshly pressed in faculty meetings as well as in your class? Have you taken a look at on-line teaching? Have you taken a look at the pay difference between on the ground teaching and online teaching?
Let us take a class that pays $3000 per class for a Community College on the ground class and one that pays $2000 for an online class. It appears that the traditional, on ground class is more lucrative. Not so. You must take into account that the duration of the two courses is radically different. The traditional class runs 16 weeks, whereas the online class runs 7.5 weeks. You can teach two of the online classes in the time it takes to complete an on-ground class. Once a class is over in the online class, another starts almost immediately. Moreover, you do not have the expense of commuting, of cleaning bills, and of running copies for your class. Instead, you can do it all from your home office, your bedroom or your lounge chair in the Bahamas. With the extra money make in online teaching, you can cover your flight ticket.
How Much Money Do You Want to Earn? Double Your Income with Online Schools
Start with the question of what you want to earn with online schools. Let us say your set $50,000 per year as a goal. And suppose you only get offered one or two courses at School A. There is no reason you cannot apply to school B and C and D. There are hundreds of schools using online instruction just in the United States. You can get lists of schools from University of Texas. Just keep applying; you will hit something. And remember, as an online adjunct, you do not have to make a physical appearance at the school. Distance is no problem. You save on transportation expense.
In a traditional class, you will often be asked to travel to conferences or to attend banquets. Sometimes these expenses are covered; sometimes not. Travel expenses to these events are not usually covered. In an online class, there would be no travel expense.
Traditional classes are changing and are becoming more accessible to the use of computers in instruction, but you still have to navigate and file information manually in many traditional classrooms. In an online class, everything is pre-organized for you. You save time and you are not restricted by a bell system. You may spend ten minutes in the class responding to some of your students, take a break and return to respond to more students. In the meantime, your students are given assignments that are digitally checked and provide feedback. You are saving time and the old adage is true here as well as in other professions: time is money.
Double Your Income with Online Schools: Going Paperless
Think of the number of transactions you make per day with paper, either communicating with your students or communicating with your administration or faculty. If you do all of this in the traditional way, sending memos, running tests on the copy machine, copying lesson plans, handouts, you will be amazed to find great quantities of paper used-paper that requires a storage system. Contrast this to a paperless system. Everything is done online. You have saved time and energy. And you have saved money.
Think of other ways that the online system can save you time and by implication, money. There is the matter of organizing and using your grade book and attendance book. In an online system, this is done for you. Attendance is taken automatically and is managed by robots. Grading is managed by robots. If a student needs help, all they have to do is click a link and off they go to the APA lab or the library or to the tutoring lab. All these systems work in concert and on asynchronous time, so the student can get help anytime, day or night. The class is always at their fingertips. Suppose the student needs help with subject-verb agreement. A pretest indicates they cannot always identify whether a noun is singular or plural. When the student clicks on a link it takes the student to the exact review of subject-verb agreement that the student is having trouble with and provides a lecture with illustrations and a series of exercises for the student to perform until he grasps the principle of s-v agreement. Suppose the student is having trouble with simultaneous equations. The system pinpoints the nature of the student's misunderstanding and provides them with step by step instructions and then tests them for understanding and accuracy. This is all carried out while the instructor oversees that things run smoothly, but can now focus on the larger picture.
Let us assume the student comes to the instructor and asks about his performance and grade. The instructor can produce performance sheets that give a week by week analysis of the student's performance. It will also show a running grade average. This information can be passed on whether the student or the instructor is traveling, at home, asleep or wide awake, for it is robotized. It saves time and money.
In online instructions, students get feedback from their peers as well as from their instructor. True this can happen in the traditional class, but the set up in online schools is based on interaction. Interaction is the heart and soul of online instruction--interaction between the student and the instructor and interaction between the student and other students. This is an efficient use of time and space and can prevent a student from hiding via non-participation. Once non participation is identified, a special tutorial plan can be effected for the student.
The genuine benefit that a college teacher derives from an online teaching schedule with eight to ten online adjunct jobs in it is the mobility to teach college students from practically any physical location on the globe. The simple fact of the matter is that online college faculty positions with accredited online bachelor degree programs and accredited online master's degree programs can be accessed from an inexpensive laptop computer because all of the post-secondary academic work in located on the Internet. This means that it is no longer necessary for an adjunct college professor who successfully transitions out of the physical college classroom to be restricted by geography. Further, teaching online immediately means that it is possible to apply to community colleges, state-colleges, for-profit colleges and four-year universities that are thousands of miles away from the location of the online adjunct instructor and actually earn multiple streams of online adjunct income from teaching the online college classes.