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Professional Development for Online Instructors
Whatever your reasons may be, once you become an online adjunct instructor, there are certain requirements that will be expected of you in addition to your teaching responsibilities.
Online Instructor - Job Interviews
Today, teaching qualifications at the university level are becoming more demanding, as candidates selected are expected to hold a PhD in addition to years of teaching experience. However, with persistence and dedication to achieving your passion, you will eventually get your foot in the door.
Teaching Online - Job Search
The demand for college instructors is on the rise, and by 2020, it is anticipated that half of the students attending college will participate in some form of online course during their degree program.
What Is Your Intelligence Strength?
Throughout your experience as an instructor, you will always have some students who excel in a particular subject with minimal effort while others seem to struggle no matter how hard they try. In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University identified different intelligences.
Understanding Learning Styles
As an online instructor, you are faced with the challenge of providing education to students who may come from a variety of age groups and cultures. Selecting the best teaching techniques to employ in such an environment demands an understanding of how individuals learn.
Creating a Syllabus
At some point, high school, college or university instructors will be involved in the process of creating a syllabus, an outline of the subjects in a course of study, whether the class is on campus or online. A syllabus lays out the course objectives at a glance.
Preparing to Teach Your First Course
Preparing to teach your first course can be intimidating. Colleges, universities, and other educational institutions have required materials such as selected textbooks, curricula, and syllabi that are necessary to begin your teaching experience.
Teaching with Technology
The use of technology is not only required in an online environment—today many teachers from brick and mortar institutions are beginning to incorporate technology into their own instruction.
Characteristics of a Motivated Instructor
According to Robert Wlodkowski’s book Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, there are five characteristics an instructor must exhibit to motivate students: expertise, empathy, enthusiasm, clarity, and cultural responsiveness.
Challenges of Teaching Online
Technology has been a great instigator in promoting the growth of online teaching, but with the demand for online education come complex choices that instructors must face in developing effective online courses.
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