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2020planner copyHello AdjunctWorld community! And happy New Year! The year 2020 is bringing with it a new look to our AdjunctWorld weekly newsletter and, for many of us, a brand spanking new semester.

Starting the semester off on the right foot is something we all aim to do, but how exactly do we do it? I found a terrific resource out of Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center that helps set a good stage for a new term. I’ll list their suggestions here and, as always, add in my own two cents, especially with respect to online classrooms, since this article is geared toward the the on-ground classroom.

  1. Make Positive First Impressions. NIU offers several suggestions for ushering in on-ground students, but how do we make positive first impressions on our online students? We can communicate early (send an email with a hello and important orienting information a week or so before class begins), we can set up an icebreaker or introductions forum, and we can have the classroom fully ready to launch, with a complete and detailed syllabus as soon as we are able. And be ready to be available! Most questions are asked in that first week.
  2. Involve Students Quickly. Another point in the “create an introductions or icebreaker thread” column: The sooner students are engaged, the sooner their comfort level increases, especially in the online classroom. And, as we know from the research, engaged, confident online learners are the most successful ones. Be prepared to reciprocate their participation yourself.
  3. Identify the value of your course. As the NIU article states, “Not all students come to class with a clear idea of why this subject is important. You may need to help them understand the significance of the course. Do this early on so students will be ready to invest time and energy necessary for learning the subject matter” (para. 9). They offer two suggestions for doing so that can easily be translated online: Connect course with current events and a “Common Sense Inventory” – or an activity designed to debunk common myths and misconceptions in your discipline area.
  4. Clarify Learning Objectives. Along the vein of “Why is this class important”, it is also important to let students know, up front, what they will be able to do after they’ve successfully completed your course. What information will they learn? What skills will they develop? What competencies will they have acquired? And, make sure these goals align with your student’s goals by asking them what they are hoping to get from the course. If you can accommodate any individual goals that seem reasonable, make efforts to do so in your curriculum planning.
  5. Establish Rapport and Create an Inclusive Learning Environment. This is especially important in the online classroom, when the distance necessitates extra efforts at rapport establishment and inclusion. Set the stage with a professional, yet informal and genuine writing tone, be responsive to questions, and make sure that you identify the value of every student, especially as they begin to introduce themselves in the “getting to know each other” thread.

The NIU article goes on to offer some other suggestions as well, so give it a read and consider it an exercise in translating advice normally applied to the on-campus environment to the online one that you are teaching in, or are hoping to teach in.

What are some things you do in your classrooms to make sure the term starts off on the right foot? Please leave a comment below!

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 34 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 11 different schools. Currently there are a total of 709 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

12 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

7 Online Teaching Positions – Southern New Hampshire University

5 Online Teaching Positions –  University of Maryland Global Campus

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Northeastern University, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, St. Clair County Community College, Strayer University, Study.com, University of Providence, Washington State University, and Western Governors University.

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 30 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 17 different schools. Currently there are a total of 706 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

5 Online Teaching Positions – Colorado Christian University

4 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

3 Online Teaching Positions –  American College of Education

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Azusa Pacific University, Bryant & Stratton College, California Institute of Advanced Management, Columbia University, Concordia University Portland, Connections Academy, Daymar College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Franklin University, Grand View University, Rasmussen College, River Valley Community College, Stevens-Henager College, and West Coast University

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 34 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 14 different schools. Currently there are a total of 676 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

9 Online Teaching Positions – Thomas Jefferson University

6 Online Teaching Positions – Stevens-Henager College

3 Online Teaching Positions –  Colorado State University Global Campus

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: CTU-Online, Grand Canyon University, Mercy College Toledo, Northcentral University, Rasmussen College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Southern New Hampshire University, TEL Library, University of North Texas, West Coast University, and Western Governors University.

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robynne-hu-HOrhCnQsxnQ-unsplashA lot of prospective online instructors write to me with frustration at how long it is taking to land that first job. There are many reasons – not having to do with the one’s ability, motivation, or qualifications – why it is so difficult to “break in”. I review these reasons in our self-paced course Your Guide to Finding an Online Teaching Job and offer some helpful tips on how to spend that “wait time” productively. I often tell folks to hang in there (for as long as one can, is able, or is willing) because online education is not going anywhere anytime soon. It is only going to continue to grow and instructors, especially well-trained instructors who understand how to effectively deliver an online course with the needs of distance learners in mind, will be more and more in demand.

Growth of Online Education

This week, in my web-perusing, I came across a very interesting article out of Inside Higher Ed providing data to support the notion that online education is a rapidly growing field. In his 2018 article titled New Data: Online Education Ascends,  Doug Lederman provides a number of statistics demonstrating the growth of online learning in higher education over the past few years. I’ll bullet-point a few of those stats here:

  • In 2017, overall postsecondary enrollments fell, yet online enrollments substantially grew.
  • In 2017, about a third of college students were taking at least 1 online course.
  • Many institutions view the creation of online programs as a way to address declining enrollment.
  • The growth in online education is largely attributed to traditionally on-ground schools looking to play “catch up” to the growing demand for distance education.
    • In public institutions, the growth is due to traditional on-ground learners taking more online classes (they are not exclusively online learners, but supplementing their traditional education with online courses)
    • In private institutions, the growth is due to more students enrolling in 100% online courses. Although this data might be skewed by a a high number of nearly online-only private, non-profit institutions like Western Governors University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Implications for Professional Development

Indeed, one could confidently conclude that “online education is here to stay” at least for the foreseeable future. And this leads institutions, instructors, academics, and researchers to an obvious follow-up thought: If online education is here to stay, then it needs to be darn good. It needs to be done thoughtfully, mindfully, creatively, and guided by research and the expressed needs of online learners. And our metric shouldn’t be “to be as much like an on-ground class as possible.” This metric is outdated and condescendingly assumes that online education is somehow trying to measure up to it’s big brother “on-campus education.” In the same way a parent should not force their younger artistically or musically-inclined son to play football to be more like his star-athlete big brother, an online instructor or an academic institution hoping to develop more online courses should not force their online classes to “be like” their traditional courses. We need a new metric, one that makes the most out of what the distance environment offers.

For instance, rather than focus on attendance, performance on tests or assignments, and student evaluations as the primary outcome measures, in the online environment we should also focus on increasing and enhancing engagement, as we have come to know this as a major predictor in online student success. The asynchronous discussion-based environment provides so much opportunity for dynamic and important interactions that increase one’s immersion in the learning experience. Swan (2003) identified these interactions:

  • Interactions between the student and the course content
  • Interactions between the student and the instructor
  • Interactions between the student and his/her classmates
  • Vicarious interactions (the student observing all the discussions between both the instructor and other students and between the their peers).

Therefore, an online classroom environment that encourages all four of these interactions, capitalizes on them, and facilitates them mindfully and on purpose is providing just one example of what is included in a darn good online class.

How We Help

Given what will continue to be a rise in the need for knowledgable, trained online instructors coupled with growing interest in finding online teaching work among educators, we at AdjunctWorld have taken a three-pronged approach to serving our community.

  1. We bring the jobs to you with what is the largest (and free!) database of online-only teaching jobs on the web, including emailed job alerts for our premium members.
  2. We train you in the best practices in online delivery via our 4-week, instructor-led online teaching certificate course: Fundamentals of Online Teaching (OT 101).
  3. We guide you through the often frustrating and difficult process of applying to online teaching jobs with our self-pace course Your Guide to Finding an Online Teaching Job.

If you have any questions about premium membership, our certificate training course (OT 101), or our Guide course you can click on the respective links or email Brooke for more information.

Feel free to leave a comment below! We love to hear from members of our growing community!

~Brooke

References:

Lederman, D. (2018). New data: Online education ascends. Inside Higher Ed, retrieved from: https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/07/new-data-online-enrollments-grow-and-share-overall-enrollment

Swan, K. (2003). Learning effectiveness: what the research tells us. In J. Bourne & J. C. Moore (Eds) Elements of Quality Online Education, Practice and Direction. Needham, MA: Sloan Center for Online Education, 13-45.

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 51 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 19 different schools. Currently there are a total of 697 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

25 Online Teaching Positions – St. Clair County Community College

6 Online Teaching Positions – Thomas More University (IN, OH, KY only)

2 Online Teaching Positions –  Western Governors University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: AIU Online, Bellevue University, Colorado State University Global, CTU Online, Delaware Technical Community College, Grand Canyon University, Grantham University, Herzing University, Lakeland University, Northern Arizona University, Prairie View A&M University, Purdue University Global, University of Central Florida, Walden University, Waldorf University, and Winston-Salem State University

Personalized Daily Job Alerts

Would you like to be alerted to the jobs in your discipline(s) right after they are posted on AdjunctWorld, rather than waiting for this weekly summary, or watching for our Facebook & Twitter posts?  Over the past week we’ve sent out hundreds of daily job alert emails to Premium AdjunctWorld Members.  Click here for a description of all of the Premium Membership benefits and how to subscribe.

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 34 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 15 different schools. Currently there are a total of 685 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

7 Online Teaching Positions – Trident University

7 Online Teaching Positions – Georgia Military College

3 Online Teaching Positions –  Western Governors University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Campbellsville University, Colorado State University Global Campus, ECPI University, Grand Canyon University, Grantham University, New England College, Northcentral University, Park University, Purdue University Global, Sierra Nevada College, South University, and University of the Cumberlands.

Personalized Daily Job Alerts

Would you like to be alerted to the jobs in your discipline(s) right after they are posted on AdjunctWorld, rather than waiting for this weekly summary, or watching for our facebook & twitter posts?  Over the past week we’ve sent out hundreds of daily job alert emails to Premium AdjunctWorld Members.  Click here for a description of all of the Premium Membership benefits and how to subscribe.

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 32 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 11 different schools. Currently there are a total of 701 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

11 Online Teaching Positions – Trine University

5 Online Teaching Positions – Purdue University Global

3 Online Teaching Positions –  CTU-Online

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Allen Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Iowa Wesleyan University, Sichuan DHJM Education Consultant, University of Phoenix, West Coast University, and Western Governors University.

Personalized Daily Job Alerts

Would you like to be alerted to the jobs in your discipline(s) right after they are posted on AdjunctWorld, rather than waiting for this weekly summary, or watching for our facebook & twitter posts?  Over the past week we’ve sent out hundreds of daily job alert emails to Premium AdjunctWorld Members.  Click here for a description of all of the Premium Membership benefits and how to subscribe.

Thanks for being a part of the AdjunctWorld Community!

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Each week we will summarize all the adjunct jobs we’ve added to AdjunctWorld during the week for easy reference.  If you’d like to be notified moments after we post new jobs, please LIKE our facebook page or follow us on twitter.

So, without further ado, this week we posted 29 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 19 different schools. Currently there are a total of 699 adjunct jobs listed on our site. Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

5 Online Teaching Positions – Southern New Hampshire University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Western Governors University

3 Online Teaching Positions –  Strayer University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at American College of Education, American Sentinel University, Bay Path University, Bellarmine University, Central Maine Community College, CTU-Online, DeVry University, Graceland University, Midwestern Career College, Northcentral University, Olivet Nazarene University, Pacific Oaks College & Childrens School, Southern Methodist University, Trade Training Company, University of New England, and West Coast University.

Personalized Daily Job Alerts

Would you like to be alerted to the jobs in your discipline(s) right after they are posted on AdjunctWorld, rather than waiting for this weekly summary, or watching for our facebook & twitter posts?  Over the past week we’ve sent out hundreds of daily job alert emails to Premium AdjunctWorld Members.  Click here for a description of all of the Premium Membership benefits and how to subscribe.

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mimi-thian-BYGLQ32Wjx8-unsplashWoowee, y’all! This online instructor did NOT plan her semester out well! Last Sunday three of my online classes turned in 5-10 pages essays. One of those classes has 50 students in it, one has 30, and the other 12. A grand total of 92 essays. And since my own policy (as well as the schools’) promises that I’ll return detailed feedback within 7 days I’ve been in front of the computer a lot this week. As of this writing, I have about 14 more to go and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Wish me luck!

I really could have used this article out of Johns Hopkins University earlier this week. It’s called Quick Tips: Grading Essays and Papers More Efficiently. And I’ll add my own subtitle here – Without Compromising the Quality of Your Feedback. I’ll highlight and summarize some of the most handy points below and you can head on over to Johns Hopkins’ Innovative Instructor blog to read the rest.

1. Stagger Due Dates. No kidding! Ha! I typically do, but for some reason I missed something this semester. Late in the summer for example, while you are creating your Fall syllabi, look at all of your courses and lay them out on a calendar. When will which class be turning in essays? If you see an overlap capable of producing a paper-grading “Hell Week” then try to move things around so one class turns in papers the week before or the week after.

2. Be a Teacher Not an Editor. This is easier for non-English or Composition instructors to say, since it is precisely the job of the composition instructor to “stay in the weeds” with respect to grammar, mechanics, and overall paper organization. But for the rest of us, we can take a step back and assess students based on whether their essay demonstrated the high points of the assignment. Did they “get it?” And can you tell they got it from their writing even if there are some issues with the delivery? Assess and provide feedback at that level, not at the editorial level.

3. Limit Grading Time on Each Essay. I tried doing this this week and it sort of worked. I gave myself an hour and said “I’m going to review 10 in this hour.” That seemed to keep me focused and streamlined in my thinking. I say “sort of” worked because I found an hour to be a little long. Today, when I tackle the rest, I might say “I’m going to do 5 in this half hour” then take a break – clean the kitchen or do some knitting – and then do another 5 in another half hour. You’ll find the period of time that works best for you.

4. Limit Comments. Too much feedback can be overwhelming, especially for undergraduate students who are learning and grappling with the material for the first time. Decide what is most important for that student to know and then move on.

And, I’ll add my own tip to this list:

Provide Class-Wide Summary Feedback. If you see that a lot of students are struggling with the same thing, you can address this broadly in the weekly summary announcement. For instance, you might include this in your week-in-review post:

“I really enjoyed reading everyone’s essays this week! You all brought together some really great ideas. I know getting the hang of APA formatting is difficult. Here is a link to our school’s library page which has an excellent review of APA formatting for essays, citations, and references. You might review this and integrate what you learn into your next essay. It is handy to get practice with this now, since APA formatting is going to follow you throughout your entire academic career!”

And now you don’t have to mention this in all 30 essays! If students are all struggling with the same thing, it also means we haven’t taught it. So, this cues you to set your next cohort students up to succeed beforehand by giving this information before the essay is due.

Any other tips to share? I could really use them! Please leave a comment below!