Online Adjunct Community College Job as a Viable Market
Hundreds of online jobs are available, some probably in the area in which you live. And even if the jobs are a thousand miles from where you live, because they are online, they are accessible. Have you investigated what it would be like for you to teach online? What exactly is the difference in teaching as a traditional adjunct and teaching as an online adjunct?
First of all, the content of the two educational formats is virtually the same, but the processes by which they are delivered are different. The traditional format requires the classes to be in real time and located at a physical place. The online format is asynchronous is therefore not bound by time and space. Following, I will explore the components of the online structure so that you can make a more informed decision on which job opportunities you would like to pursue.
The Structure of Online Adjunct Community College Job
Imagine you are searching sources to apply for an Online Adjunct Community College Job. Where would you look? Many universities, such as University of Texas, publish lists of community colleges that offer online courses. Look there. Then apply by writing to the human resources or sending your application via the email address of the department for which you are applying. They will ordinarily request that you send an unofficial transcript and your CV. Do so. If the college is interested in your qualifications, then they will contact you to take the training. All online platforms vary slightly and one has to learn to navigate in this environment--thus the need for an online training.
You will be assigned an online expert as your mentor and when you teach your first class, your mentor will be there to help you. You should concentrate on the layout of the monitor. Once you do, you will note that the monitor is divided into panels and buttons that link one to various aspects of the course. The first panel you see is the one labeled as Announcements. Here, the administration can communicate with students if there is an expected change in registration or course offering. The instructor can post messages on the policy of written work, on late work, on office hours and plagiarism. It is important for the students to view the Announcements screen every time they visit the class.
Online Adjunct Community College Job as Interactive Navigation
Interactive Navigation is the essence of an Online Adjunct Community College Job. First it is necessary for the instructor to master the platform used. This means knowing where everything is and knowing how to use it. It means knowing how to move from one link to another to arrive at a certain result, such as submitting grades, giving feedback, sharing via email. Interaction is important because it stresses spontaneity and authenticity. It builds the habit of responding and sharing. When the instructor leads a discussion thread, he injects a prompt and the students begin to respond. The instructor will often share his personal experience with the class to build trust and get students to open up. Also, the instructor will often piggyback on what a student has said and move the question to other students. Then he promotes students responding to students. You can now see how the bias here is toward interaction and not passive learning....memorizing what the instructor says and spitting it back.
In Ask the Professor, the student is encouraged to post her question and to expect a 24 hrs. turnaround. These questions should be of a content nature and not personal. If the student wishes to speak personally, they can do so via email. It is also possible to do a session in real time using a chat room. If email is used, be sure to click the tab at the bottom of the screen indicating a private conversation; otherwise, the whole class will have access to what was said. Sometimes, too, a conference called to resolve a dispute over a grade can lead to the necessity of having legal representation on both sides. These sessions should definitely be held in private except for those authorized to attend the meeting.
One of the color coded panels reads: Student Lounge. This is a non-graded domain. It is designed to give the students an opportunity to share with one another without the intrusion of the instructor. The idea is to create an atmosphere of trust among one another and to bond. Many students do bond with other students and become support persons throughout their academic career.
In some ways the online program is highly structured, yet it leads to high interaction. Participation is encouraged throughout and there is even a panel called Problems and Solutions where the student is encouraged to share new insights, often about navigation.
If the student needs help, the instructor should be able to help them on the spot, but if their problem calls for more lengthy attention, then the instructor needs to know how to refer them to a tutorial on their specific problems. For example, one could be referred to the workshop on the use of APA if they are having trouble documenting their work. In like manner, if they are having trouble working with the rules on plagiarism, then the instructor should refer them to Turnitin.com and they will see how their essays will be scanned and compared to millions of essays to determine language similarity. If they do not know their way around the online library, they can have access to a tour just by clicking on the Library key. If the problem is grammar, the student can take a tutorial in fragments or comma splice, or whatever grammatical problem that is of concern.
To sum up, the content of the work done in an online setting for Online Adjunct Community College Job is very similar. Basic courses in Math, English, History, and Speech are required in both curricula, but the traditional approach is set in space/time; whereas the online classes are in asynchronous time and space.