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Over the past decade, community colleges, major public universities, and private universities around the country have embraced and operationalized robust online and distance education programs, to meet the needs of the twenty-first century student. This is the largest growth area, within higher education, and all signs indicate that this trend will continue. However, finding online teaching jobs can be a little tricky and confusing. Relying on traditional job-seeking methods can make one miss the ideal online teaching opportunity, because not all higher education institutions recruit in the same way. The objective of this course, then, is to provide you with a comprehensive strategy and tools to effectively hunt for both academic and vocational online teaching jobs, at the college level.
The course will include links to both mainstream and underutilized websites, current articles about legislation designed to promote and fund online education, and how to find jobs with out-of-state institutions.
This course is concise and to the point. Each lecture is between five and ten minutes, allowing subscriber the flexibility to either finish quickly or to take their time.
The structure of this course will consist of an informative introduction, three main sections, and a conclusion that will discuss how to maintain online employment in other, related ways. I will introduce the various types of online jobs, similarities and differences between types of institutions (public community college, public university, private university, online "mostly" programs). Then the class will explore how to best prepare yourself for job hunting online teaching jobs, at the college level, while discussing when colleges tend to hire faculty. The next section will explore the various strategies and tools to finding an online teaching job within your field (academic, vocational). Next, we will review the various learning software (Learning Management Systems) employed by institutions (Blackboard, Angel, Moodle, eCollege, etc.) and how to leverage them to effectively teach online. Finally, the course will cover how to maintain online employment into the future.
This course is for anyone with Bachelor's degree and vocational trade or a Master's or terminal degree in an academic field who wishes to teach online. Online teaching allows many people with the experience or education to better balance responsibilities at home, while earning money as an educator.
I am a firm believer in online education, because I have been both a online learner and an online instructor. Having returned to school in my thirties, I appreciated the flexibility of a distance education program and learned that they can be wonderful vehicles for achieving educational goals. After I completed grad school, I was hired to design and teach an online geography course, for the University of New Mexico. This course was so successful, I was nominated for the "2009-2010 Outstanding Online Instructor of the Year Award." I taught this course from my home in California. At the same time, I found a great position with Hutchinson Community College, in Kansas. In total, I taught about twenty classes for them, over four years. To this day, I have never set foot in Kansas. In California, I started teaching online for California State University, along with live courses. The benefit of teaching this way could hardly be measured. I was able to teach from home (remotely), which gave me both valuable teaching experience and the opportunity to better balance my responsibilities at home. So many of my friends and colleagues have and continue to ask me how I find these jobs around the country. In this class, I will teach you!
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|Section 1: Introduction to Teaching in a Higher Education Environment|
This lecture will provide basic information about what type of online teaching jobs are available, what qualifications you need to teach them, and other tips.
|Section 2: Preparing for the Hunt|
This important lecture will discuss organizational tips for job hunting.
This brief lecture will discuss when institutions recruit for positions and how one can utilize hiring fairs and networking to find employment.
|Section 3: Key Strategies for finding an Online Instructor Position|
This lecture will provide a creative strategy for finding online instructor positions, both locally and nationally.
This lecture will provide tools that include important websites and supplemental information to assist with finding online employment.
This lecture discusses the importance of patience, during the job hunt, and answers questions about teaching out-of-state.
|Section 4: Understanding Learning Management Systems (LMS)|
This lecture discusses LMS and provides examples of platforms and links to their tutorials.
|Section 5: Final Thoughts, Future Trends|
This lecture concludes the course with tips about how to maintain online employment through other avenues. It also recaps important points.
Hello! My name is Brian McCabe and I am Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton in the Department of Geography and I also teach part time at Irvine Valley College, in the Orange County region of Southern California. Although I mainly teach live classes now, I have extensive experience teaching online courses. My first teaching job was with the University of New Mexico, where I was nominated for the 2009-2010 Outstanding Online Instructor of the Year Award! I believe that online classes can be wonderful vehicles for learning.
Educationally, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Indiana University and have Master's degrees in Geography (CSUF) and Geographic Education (Arizona State University).
I have not always been an educator. Before becoming an educator, I worked for major companies like Marriott Hotels and Starbucks Coffee Company. Working for these corporations allowed me to live all around the United States, travel the world, and gain real world experiences that continue to inform my instruction, to this day.
I have published two books. My first is entitled, "Geography is Dead: How America Lost its Sense of Direction (2012)" and an academic textbook entitled,"Regional Conflict and Cooperation: A Framework for Understanding Global Geography (2016)". Both are available online.