Monthly Archives: July 2016

8 Places to Find Online Faculty and Adjunct Positions

As the field of distance education grows, so too does the number of college-level jobs for online faculty. And many of these jobs–at both online colleges and brick-and-mortar universities–are home based and/or part time. For the purpose of this list, the term “online faculty” encompasses everything from teaching assistants to deans–including online adjunct faculty, dissertation mentors and course instructors.

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It is hiring season! Looking for online teaching jobs is like fishing: a continual series of occasions for hope.

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Online Teaching Jobs & Instructor Positions | GetEducated.com

ONLINE TEACHING JOBS AVAILABLE — Free job postings related to online teaching jobs, online instructor positions, educational coordinator and instructional design jobs, including job opportunities for online director, adjunct and online faculty.

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Check this source regularly.  Geteducated.com online jobs board has been online forever. It’s a reliable source for information.

7 Best Search Sites: How to Find Online Teaching Jobs

If you’re an online instructor who’s looking for online teaching job openings, you may find searching for jobs to be a daunting task. Just google “online teaching job.” We did and got 103,000,000 results. Good luck sorting through that humongous pile of data!

Source: www.geteducated.com

Here’s a solid article to get you started searching for your online teaching job.  I found my first online teaching job on Geteducated.com (way back before the turn of the century)!

 

Learn how to go beyond the basic application process by reading my blog series on finding e-jobs.

How You Wound Up Playing The Oregon Trail in Computer Class

All MECC games had to do four things, says Rawitsch. First, the information based on real events had to be historically accurate. Second, learning couldn’t be spread out in patches; it had to be woven throughout the game start to finish. Third, it had to include thorough documentation for the teachers to use it as a teaching aid. And fourth, the games had to be fun.

Source: www.smithsonianmag.com

Remember MECC, Oregon Trail and the Apple II?  The future has always been NOW!

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp

Students can experience new cultures, history, and understand the world in better ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables. Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands. These technologies help engage learners by providing sensory learning and sparking curiosity and imagination.

Source: teacherrebootcamp.com

Virtual Reality!  This in-depth presentation is a resource goldmine.  It can be expensive on the cutting edge. It is also endlessly fascinating. Learn more about it all!

Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions

Steve Snyder:

 

I usually offer a few parameters as well:

  • Avoid yes/no questions.
  • Be specific in terms of ideas and passages (i.e., specify page numbers).
  • Ask about the areas or ideas you struggled with and/or those that really aroused your curiosity.

The latter point is key. The best questions usually arise from a sincere questioner.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

Thanks to Steve Snyder for this Faculty Focus article on how to develop students’ questioning skills.  This applies to both traditional classroom instruction and to discussion forum participation in online classes.

2016 Open ABE Instructional Design Service MOOC

Do you want to gain instructional design experience?
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to develop open educational resources for Adult Basic Education

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If you want to build a career as an instructional designer you need experience and a strong portfolio. This MOOC will provide you with both (while serving a good cause).  Scan this page to see if it fits your future?

Online learning for beginners: 1. What is online learning? | Tony Bates

Every day, someone new either thinks about doing an online course, or is pressured into doing one. You may have quite a lot of prior knowledge about online learning (or think you do), or may have no knowledge at all. The most important thing to know though is that you probably don’t know enough about online learning, especially if you are just starting out (which defines you as wise, according to Socrates).

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Tony Bates understands the long view of what seems like ‘new’ technology to many.  Allow him to introduce you to online learning!

simSchool: Higher Ed Teacher Training

“…simSchool is incorporated into institutions across a wide array of uses in teaching and learning, as well as to meet local institutional goals, legal, and compliance requirements.

Because simSchool is a fully-scalable, data-rich, persistent, and flexible simulation and content authoring platform, there is no practical limit to the ways in which it can be used. Each day we learn of new and innovative ways partner institutions are finding value and meaning in simSchool experiences…”

Source: www.scoop.it

Here’s a playground for serious ideas developed over 10 years by the University of North Texas and the University of Vermont.  Their track record is impressive. The potential of this system is stunning. 

Games and the Future of Education | ABUNDANCE

Peter Diamandis: Learning needs to be less like school and more like Angry Birds. We need get kids addicted to learning while they are having fun. http://xprize.or

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The future I dreamed of as a young teacher is happening right now. The next 20 years will be profoundly interesting for all teachers and learners.