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van-tay-media-TFFn3BYLc5s-unsplashOver in our OnRamp course, we’ve had several discussions about the “parts” of an online teaching job application. These include: The CV, the cover letter, the Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and the interview. While some schools ask for additional materials (i.e., student evals, Statements of Faith, writing samples, etc.), these four are by far and away the most common.

In preparing these documents or practicing for an interview it really helps to know the purpose of each document/phase. What does the school want to know by looking at my CV? What are they looking to get from my cover letter? What do they need to read in my Statement of Teaching Philosophy? What is it they are hoping to get from me during an interview? Indeed, each of these steps are asking for something in particular and ought not be redundant, as to make sure you are covering each point the hiring school is looking to see. Below, I’ll give a brief summary of what each part of the application process in intended to do, and hopefully this streamlines your thinking as you prepare and apply.

  • The CV: CV stands for curriculum vita, and roughly translated it means your “life’s work.” This document is typically longer than a traditional resume and demonstrates how you, over the course of your adult life, have cultivated your expertise, skills, talents, and knowledge such that you are now ready to impart them to your students. The CV answers the question: How qualified is this person to teach?
  • The Cover Letter: The cover letter may highlight some of what you included in your CV, but it is not a summary of your CV. In your cover letter, you walk step by step through the particular school’s requirements and preferences and start checking them off. In other words, “You require/prefer X,Y, and Z? Well, I have X, Y, and Z…” and you describe X, Y, and Z succinctly. You will show interest in working for that school’s particular student population and discuss how your mission aligns with the school’s. The cover letter answers the question: Does this person meet our particular set of requirements/preferences for this position?
  • The Statement of Teaching Philosophy: The Statement of Teaching Philosophy is an essay that covers your particular beliefs about the educational process. It does not include CV information or talk about your qualifications – it is a summary of your beliefs about what a good instructor does, how a good instructor views their relationship with their students, and how a good instructor engages their learners. The Statement of Teaching Philosophy answers the question: What does this person believe about online higher education and the role of the instructor?
  • The Interview: The interview is an opportunity for schools to ask questions that were not covered in the above documents. While some schools may ask you about things that are on your CV (i.e., “Walk me through your educational background”), for the most part, they will ask you questions that get at how you will behave in the classroom. The interviewer is looking to acquire a sense of you – how you will present yourself in the classroom, how organized and collected your thinking is, and (I think most importantly) how approachable you are. How will you be with students? The interviewers aren’t looking as much for a particular answer as they are how you will benefit or fit with their students. It’s a snapshot of you-as-instructor. The interview answers the question: What will this person be like in the classroom?

We go over these documents as well as common interview questions in our OnRamp: A Practical Guide to Landing an Online Teaching Job course. You also get a ton of great feedback on these “parts” of the application, and leave class confident in your application package, ready to send it off as soon as an online teaching opportunity comes across your screen. Click the link above to learn more!

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This week we posted 58 Online Adjunct jobs from 22 schools.

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

10 Online Teaching Positions – Liberty University

8 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

6 Online Teaching Positions – Western Governors University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Advent Health, Albany Law School, Allen Community College, American Public University System, Brandman University, Columbia University, Denver College of Nursing, Eastern Oregon University, ECPI University, Franklin University, Georgia Military College, Johnson University, Messiah University, Norwich University, Purdue University Global, South College of Tennessee, State University of New York at New Paltz, Unity College, and Walden University.

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

5 Online Teaching Positions – Rasmussen College

4 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

3 Online Teaching Positions – University of Arizona Global Campus

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Abilene Christian University, American College of Education, Bay Path University, Capella University, Dean College, Eastern Oregon University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, MCPHS, National Louis University, Northern Vermont University, Purdue University Global, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo University, Simmons University, South College of Tennessee, Southern New Hampshire University, Strayer University, University of Denver, University of Maryland University College, Walden University, and Western Governors University.

 

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

4 Online Teaching Positions – Northern Vermont University

4 Volunteer Online Teaching Positions – University of the People

3 Online Teaching Positions – ECPI University

1 Online Teaching Position – Degree Accelerator

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Abilene Christian University, Arkansas State University, Baker College of Owosso, Capella University, Concorde Career Colleges, Coopersmith Career Consulting, Davenport UniversityFranklin University, Galen College of Nursing, Independence University, Indiana Wesleyan University, International TEFL Academy, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Limestone University, MCPHS, Northcentral University, Olive-Harvey College, Oregon State University, Profhire, Inc., Strayer University, TCSPP, University of Management & Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus, West Coast University, Western Governors University, and William & Mary.

 

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priscilla-du-preez-7ilpPBxTavU-unsplashLike a fine wine, online courses improve over time. With each new run of the course, an instructor is informed by what went well (and what maybe didn’t go so well) the term before. This creates efficiencies for the instructor (i.e. maybe adding in a frequently asked question into the syllabus or course start documentation to decrease the amount of emails about it) and also improves the experience for the students (i.e. maybe the instructor sees how assigning two essays back-to-back wasn’t the fairest thing to do).

The best online instructors are striving to continually improve their teaching style and their course structure, and one of the best ways to do this is to solicit continual feedback from students. This goes beyond the traditional end-of-term, university-administered course evaluation and aims to collect more detailed and practical information from students. Students themselves will also appreciate the personal (vs. standardized) approach here. But what to ask?

Terada (2020), in a web article titled 5 Research-Backed Tips to Improve Your Online Teaching Presence (para.19), listed six straight-forward, course-improving questions to ask your online students. I will share them below as suggestions you may want to consider as you endeavor to continually hone your own online teaching skills.

  1. On a scale from 1 to 5, how comfortable do you feel using technology in our virtual classroom?
  2. Have you encountered any technical issues, such as not being able to hear me, or not being able to connect to the internet?
  3. Are my lessons well-organized and my assignments clear?
  4. Can you easily find what you need?⁣
  5. Do you feel like your voice is heard?
  6. What can I do to improve our online classroom?

For the job seeker:

Information like this is helpful for folks who are already teaching online. But how is knowing how to solicit feedback from online students helpful to the online teaching job seeker? That’s a very good question.

In OnRamp, our course that helps you improve your online teaching job application materials, we talk a lot about how developing your skills as an online instructor, understanding the unique needs of the adult online learner, and continually adding to/adjusting your teaching philosophy is a vital step to presenting yourself knowledgeably, confidently, and competently in a cover letter, objective statement, Teaching Philosophy, and during the interview process. My advice is to always collect tidbits like this – you might add something about the importance of soliciting student feedback in your Teaching Philosophy or you might discuss how you aim to be flexible and student-centered in this way during an interview. A school will appreciate how much you value student input in your work!

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This week we posted 53 Online Adjunct jobs from 23 schools.

We at AdjunctWorld wish you the best of luck in your job search. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Brooke for more information.

This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

14 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

4 Online Teaching Positions – Western Governors University

3 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland Global Campus

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

 

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Abilene Christian University, Bay Path University, Bryan University, Bryant & Stratton College, CSU – Global, Fielding Graduate University, Georgia Military College, Independence University, Liberty University, MCPHS, Northcentral University, Northern State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Purdue University Global, South University, Strayer University, Tarrant County College, Unity College, University of California, Irvine, and University of Denver.

 

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

8 Online Teaching Positions – Rasmussen College

8 Online Teaching Positions – Trine University

6 Online Teaching Positions – Northcentral University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: American Public University System, American Sentinel University, Andrew College, Bay Path University, Charter Oak State College, Concorde Career Colleges, CSU – Global, Grand Canyon University, Grantham University, Independence University, Peloton College, Purdue University Global, South College of Tennessee, South University, Southern New Hampshire University, The Art of Education University, University of Florida, University of Maryland Global Campus, University of the Southwest, Walden University, and Washington State University.

 

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

4 Online Teaching Positions – California Baptist University

3 Online Teaching Positions – Independence University

3 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland Global Campus

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Agate Development, Bank Street College of Education, Bryant & Stratton University, CSU – Global, CTU-Online, Georgia Military College, Grand Canyon University, Maryville University, Oregon State University, Pace University, Pacific Oaks College, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University, St. Leo University, Strayer University, Syracuse University, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, University of Arizona Global Campus, University of North Texas, Walden University, and Western Governors University.

 

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This week we posted 47 Online Adjunct jobs from 16 schools.

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This Week’s Online Teaching Job Summary

11 Online Teaching Positions – Bryant & Stratton College

7 Online Teaching Positions – Grantham University

5 Online Teaching Positions – Grand Canyon University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at: Capella University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Grand Canyon University, Northcentral University, Purdue University Global, Rasmussen College, Riverside College of Health Careers, Saint Marys College of California, Saybrook University, Siena Heights University, South College, Strayer University, Unity College, and Walden University.

 

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you-x-ventures-m2TU2gfqSeE-unsplashHello everyone! Hope you are doing well. A friend of mine and I recently completed a book chapter on anxiety and vulnerability in online students and how, as online instructors, it is part and parcel of our job to help ease (vs. exacerbate or contribute to) this anxiety. Digging into the current distance education research for this project yielded some fascinating insights and it got me thinking – where have distance education researchers focused their efforts over the years? What stones are left unturned for future social scientists to explore?

I found some of the answers to these questions in a 2020 article by Martin et al. titled A Systematic Review of Research on Online Teaching and Learning from 2009 to 2018. In it, these authors uncovered the top two main themes of online learning research, which include several consistent sub-themes:

Learner

  • Engagement: These studies include examinations of student presence, interaction, the sense of community in the classroom, participation, and communication.
  • Learning Characteristics: Studies of learner characteristics focused on self-regulation, motivations, and academic, affective, cognitive, and demographic characteristics of students.
  • Learner Outcome: These investigations tended to emphasize distance student enrollment, retention (dropout vs. completion), and learner success in the course.

Course and Instructor

  • Evaluation: These studies look into how success is measured in the online classroom and what throughout-course and end-of-course surveys suggest.
  • Course Technologies: Investigators looking into course technologies ask questions regarding the use and effectiveness of and response to a school’s chosen LMS, online textbooks, audiovisual aides, collaborative learning tools, and social networking platforms.
  • Assessment/Facilitation: This category represents studies that explore online exams, peer feedback, proctoring, and the use of other less-traditional assignments. They also look at the myriad ways instructors deliver information in the distance learning environment.
  • Design & Development: These investigations home in on how online courses are created, including the instructional design process and what design elements are considered the most important to the success of an online class.
  • Instructor Characteristics: “Some of the studies in this theme were on motivation and experiences of online instructors, ability to perform online teaching duties, roles of online instructors, and adjunct versus full-time online instructors” (para. 53).

Martin et al. (2020) report that the results of their systemic review largely echo others in previous decades, suggesting that – to some extent – we are continuing to measure, assess, and research the same things. And this is certainly not a “bad thing” as trends in the above themes can change over time and this would be important to know. However, it also suggests that there are some areas that have yet to be fully investigated. They identified organizational themes as an area that requires more scientific investigation. According to the authors,

There is a need for organizational level topics such as Access, Culture, Equity, Inclusion and Ethics, and Leadership, Policy and Management to be researched on within the context of online learning. Examination of access, culture, equity, inclusion and ethics is very important to support diverse online learners, particularly with the rapid expansion of online learning across all educational levels (para. 62).

It will be exciting to see what 2021 brings the distance education research community, especially as we begin to focus more on organization- (or school-) related topics, and how those recommendations trickle down to the online students who most benefit from them.

 

Reference:

Martin, F., Sun, T., & Westine, C. (2020). A systematic review of research on online teaching and learning from 2009 to 2018. Computers & Education, 159. https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2020.104009