Online Accounting Schools
What is the difference between traditional accounting teaching and online teaching of accounting? When the word accounting is uttered, one usually conjures up images of charts, balance sheets, and profit and loss statements. This is all content. In respect to content, online schooling is virtually the same as the traditional approach to curriculum building. The difference is in the process of teaching about the content. The traditional way of organizing is based on operating in ordinary time and space; whereas, the online way of organizing instruction is based on symbolic use of synchronic time in cyberspace. This places emphasis on process rather than on content.
So, what are the advantages of the online system? First of all, the instructor can, at minimum, double her income. The traditional semester runs approximately 16 weeks, whereas the online semester runs 7.5 weeks and the courses are offered back to back. Go figure!
Let us assume that in order to teach three classes, the instructor must teach at three different colleges in the same or adjoining town. She will have to schedule these classes in real time and make sure that she can drive across town to meet the classes on time. She will have to fight red lights and traffic jams, as well as the ravings of lunatic drivers. If classes are located too far out of the radius of her location, she will not be able to teach the course. However, if she is teaching an online course, she will not be restricted by space and time. She can stay in Atlanta and teach courses in California, New York, and New Orleans.
Asynchronous time means that the classroom is never closed; it is always available ....even at 3:00 a.m. So, if the instructor thinks of an idea that can help a student, she can post it and the student will find the posting when she signs on.
But how does one get into this land of opportunity ? Here is a step-by-step approach to the plan. First, dig out the old CV and update it. You want a fresh, current CV. Next, identify the schools that offer online instruction. You can obtain such as list from Human Resources at University of Texas. Go through the list and pick out the schools that appeal to you. Keep in mind that you will in most cases not visit the actual campus, so you can leave architecture out of your choices. Send out 10-15 applications at a time. Remember that you are in a numbers game. Next, the instructor will look over the policies and practices of the places you would like to apply and use this information to build a cover letter. A standard letter can be drafted and modified slightly depending on where it is sent. It is useful to insert a few details about the school to which an instructor applies so that the recipients will know that the applicant has done her homework in researching the school. Finally, a list of strong references is a plus. The instructor should set up letters of reference on file at the universities she attended, or from which the she earned degrees.
At some point, the instructor will get a bite from a potential employer. This notice may come by way of email or phone. The object will be to set up a phone interview. In the interview, the focus will be on the flexibility of the instructor, her comfort level with technology or the learning of a new platform and method of navigation.
If the interview goes well, the next step will be to go through the training of the hiring school. This may take a couple of weeks. Once she gets past the training, the instructor will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will shadow the instructor and provide feedback on the instructor's performance. Then after a few team teaching sessions, the day will come when the new instructor takes over. The novice instructor must remember that help is but a click away as she goes through climbing the learning curve for teaching online. And just what constitutes the new platform and the navigation through it? The following may clarify what is in store for the new instructor.
The online system is streamlined and cost efficient. Once the new instructor has logged onto her course on a laptop, she will see the breakdown on the monitor: Announcements, Assignments, Discoveries, Grades, Conferences, Tutorials, and Discussion Thread, Ask the Professor and Student Lounge. Each one of these phases stresses processes that increase the instructor's ease of delivery and/or income. The most efficient way of communicating with the entire class is shown in the Announcements. Here the instructor and the administration can post urgent messages regarding stormy weather in sections linked to the school. Also, policies from the teacher and the administration are given. Instructors may post policies on plagiarism and late assignments. Students should be encouraged to check the Announcements every time they sign on. It is a way of keeping up with the policy changes that may affect their program and a way of keeping in touch with the messages from their instructor. Assignments include a variety of approaches to learning style, from lecture, to project work, to research essays, to demonstrations, to preparation for objective tests. When it comes to Discoveries, the responsibility is given to the students. If they discover an efficient way of navigating, they are obliged to share the steps with the class. The DiscussionThread emphasizes that the teaching/learning comes not only from the instructor, but from the students themesves. The instructor will introduce a topic and the students will apply the thread or them of the work. All the other modes stress student autonomy. If they need support on any phase of the assignments, the tutorials are available. The student can get help on formatting their essays in APA, tips on avoiding plagiarism in Turnitin.com. The student lounge gives students the opportunity to operate in a non-graded environment.
The online teaching opportunities with online business schools, online paralegal programs and online criminal justice schools is almost overwhelming since the current crop of new and returning college students are comfortable earning an online college degree from their laptops. As distance education technology makes a greater impact with the traditional post-secondary academic institutions the greater numbers of online adjunct jobs will be available to individuals with earned graduate degrees. Simply put, accredited online bachelor degree programs and accredited online master's degree programs are the future of post-secondary academic instruction.