Online Adjunct Job Openings
- If you are teaching part time, have you ever considered teaching as an adjunct? You would not have to commute and you would be free to travel where you wanted while maintaining your class. You could in fact go out of the country and still teach your online class. Moreover, do you realize that you could double or triple your income as an adjunct? Traditional semesters last 16 weeks, whereas online schools have a 7.5 week turnaround. And, as soon as the 7.5 weeks are complete and grades are submitted, another class begins. There is no time lost between courses. Additionally, the instructor in an online class acts more as a facilitator than a traditional teacher. A case in point is the taking of attendance. This is done for the teacher by the system. As soon as the student signs into the class, he/she is electronically counted as present. The curriculum and lesson plans are already in place and available from week to week. Grading is calculated for the instructor. The instructor provides input, but the system does the math. The content of the courses is very much like the traditional class and includes math, English, history, science and foreign languages. The difference arises in the way the content is processed. Following are some of the basic processes:
- Problems and Solutions
- Discussion Thread
- Ask the Professor
- Student Lounge and Bonding
On the monitor, all these processes are represented by color coded panels. Each panel highlights an aspect of the course dynamics.
Here, the instructor can post her office hours and policy on late papers, while the administration can post information on course offerings for the next term as well as emergency information such as the announcement of hurricanes in areas where students are located. This announcement could communicate to the instructors to work with the students who may be experiencing power outage.
Here, process is emphasized. Lectures are reinforced with demonstrations. The Lesson Plan is made explicit. It is all pre-planned for the instructor and the student. The criteria of expected performance are expressed in the form of a rubric, where each aspect of the rubric represents an aspect of the course dynamics. Different tests are used to provide measurements of disparate talents and brain dominance: timed objective tests, essays, group projects, participation in the discussion thread.
Problem and Solutions:
Here we come to one of the cardinal principles of the online organization. The students are charged with the responsibility of discovering new aspects of performance. For example, the student may discover a new way of navigating a search. The student then assumes the role of teacher and shares his discovery with his fellow students. This phase stresses student autonomy and communication skills.
The core of online teaching is the discussion thread. Here, the instructor introduces a concept and shares his views on it. He then passes the problem to the students and each one responds to another student as the problem is passed, one from another. For example, the instructor may ask why one can say "John is easy to please" and then change to the passive voice and convert the statement to "To Please John is eager." But, consider the statement that looks parallel, "John is eager to please." If we convert it, we get a nonsensical statement. "To please john is eager." How do you explain the difference?
Ask the Professor:
If the student has questions about the content of the course, they should click on Ask the Professor. Here they can get an answer in a 24 hour turn around. As indicated, personal dialogue is private, but this is not. The idea is to share the question and answer with the rest of the class. If the student wants a private conference, they should click on e-mail, discussion thread or a private conference room or chat room.
The private conference can be carried out in a private conference room, by phone, and by email. If the phone is used, the instructor should know there are legal restrictions on what can be asked in a phone call. Check with your supervisor before opting for this mode of communication. If students have questions that require tutoring, the instructor will advise the student to click on one of a vast array of tutorials. For example, the students may have trouble using the online library. In this case, they can be transferred to an online library tour. If the student wants to know how to recognize agreement between subject and verb, the instructor can refer the student to a grammar section supplying the rules of grammatical agreement. If the student wants to professionally organize her essays, the instructor can refer the student to APA documentation (American Psychological Association) If the student wants to avoid plagiarism, they can do so by working with Turnitin.com. This system compares their essays with millions of like documents and gives a percentage match. The student need not walk into a musty building and wind his way through stacks of books. All he has to do is click on his monitor.
Grading is already organized for the instructor. He submits the test scores and the system stores the information and organizes it. The grades are private. Only the student and the instructor can see their grades. The grades are useful to the student on an ongoing basis. He knows his standing in the class and what he must do to make a higher grade. For the instructor, the grades tell him where to offer help. And the grades can be used for conferencing. Bear in mind, however, that grading is not used for some panels. An example is this is the next panel--
Student Lounge and Bonding:
The idea is to provide a context for the student to share not only content analysis, but to share their feelings about personal matters. The aim is to increase the likelihood of bonding. This will enable the student to have a support mechanism during and beyond his academic life.
There are growing numbers of online bachelor degree programs and online master's degree programs appearing on the Internet. This is because it is simply much cheaper for a college or university to offer online college classes top their students than it is to continue building physical college classrooms. Of course, for the adjunct faculty member this means an abundance of online adjunct teaching jobs that can easily be applied for with a personal computer. As time goes on, it will not be surprising to discover that the vast majority of post-secondary academic disciplines have online college degree offering at every community college, state college and four-year university. As the for-profit colleges that award their students with the bachelor degree online and the master's degree online have discovered the college students today see enrolling in online college courses as a logical educational activity. The individual with a Ph.D. or master's degree should be able to secure a full time online teaching schedule with eight to ten online adjunct jobs in it within a year.