Online Adjunct Professor Jobs

Have you ever considered taking a job as an online adjunct professor? You may ask how such work differs from being an adjunct professor in a traditional classroom. The short answer is that in terms of content taught, there are no significant differences. In respect to mode of delivery, however, the difference is significant. The traditional basic curriculum recommends courses like Math, History, Government and Civics, Foreign Language, Science, Literature, Computer Basics, and Composition. A similar outlay of selected courses would also hold true for an online curriculum. The difference is in the way the courses are communicated. The traditional courses are communicated in real time and space, while the online courses are communicated in cyber space and in respect to time, are asynchronous.

Online Adjunct Professor Jobs

As layoffs continue to rise for traditionally employed teachers, more and more teachers will begin to look for work as adjuncts, and of those who look for work as adjuncts; many will turn to online teaching. There are hundreds of job openings for teaching online and the beauty is that you need not move across country in order to do so. All you need is a computer and then when you are hired to teach the course you will access the class online. If you want to travel while you are teaching the class, you may do so and still keep up with the class on your laptop.

Let us explore the kind of communication of instruction that goes on in online teaching. This will give you a good idea if it is something you want to try, particularly while the job market for teachers is so tight now. If you were a beginning teacher in an online program, you would have by now gone through training and would have been assigned a mentor. Imagine, then, that you have just signed onto your classroom and you see before you a monitor that is divided into color coded panels. Each panel represents an aspect of the course.

Online Adjunct Professor Jobs - Course Aspects

The first panel you will see is designated as Announcements. In Announcements, you will find postings from the administration telling of course changes and emergency situations. Perhaps there is a hurricane on the way to a city where five of your students live. For the instructor, the Announcements Panel gives one the opportunity to state office hours and policy on attendance and submission of assignments. The instructor should impress upon his students the importance of checking the Announcements every time they sign on to the class. This way they can stay abreast of the course and note any emergencies.

The next section you will notice as you move down the monitor is the Course Assignments. Here the requirements for completing assignments are laid out, giving the criteria of necessary performance in the form of a rubric. This format lets the students know what is due and when and how the work is to be completed.

As we move toward the bottom of the monitor, we come to a link entitled Problems and Solutions. Here the student has an opportunity to express her ability at critical thinking. She will, perhaps, discover a new navigation route to solving movement from one link to another or she will be able to complete a search for a site in a new and useful way. She shares this with her class and everyone is the richer.

As we move to the center of the monitor, we come to the very heart of the online course processes. This is called Discussion Thread. The instructor introduces a prompt or a question and the students react. The instructor responds to their response, sharing experiences he has had with the prompt in the past. He moves the question from student to student, always striving to create interaction.

Next, we will examine grading in the online format. All the grades are recorded electronically and they are averaged also. The type grades are indicated: objective tests (which are timed) essays (giving point values) , discussion thread participation, and group project. The student has access to his scores at any time, and the instructor has access to all grades at anytime. This format is very useful in holding a conference with a student. It is also useful if the grades are in contention and deans and lawyers are brought in. This would be one of the few times the grades would be shared beyond the purview of the instructor and the student. If the student wants a private conference with an instructor, the issue may be one of a personal nature. In this case, a good site to carry on communication is email or a chat room. Be sure to designate by clicking the appropriate buttons that the conference is private; otherwise, the student may inadvertently announce his problems to the class.

Online Adjunct Professor Jobs - Resource Links

Often, students will want to solve problems that require tutoring. There are many tutorials that are built into the program so it the system is streamlined by offering links to the most recurrent of these concerns. For example, if the student is having trouble with grammar-with subject-verb agreement, for example-then she can completes a tutorial on this very problem. If the student wishes to avoid plagiarism, then the tutorial called is perfect for the student. Here any essay she writes is automatically matched against millions of like essays and a percentage exact match is calculated. If the student wants tips on using the online library, this is very much available. If the student wants to format research essays correctly, then referral to APA (American Psychological Association) is given.

If it is 3:00 a.m. and the student wants to ask a question of the instructor, the student can always post the question on Ask the Professor and expect a 24 hour turnaround. This is an example of communicating about online adjunct jobs.

Finally, we come to a panel designated as Student Lounge. Here students may share whatever they like. The purpose of this section is to promote bonding so that students have a peer support system throughout their academic career. It makes no difference if the students are exploring online instructor job opening: preparation, or some personal matter. The process is the same.