Posted by & filed under AdjunctWorld Resources.

This week finds me restructuring a traditional 14-week semester-based online course into a 5-week accelerated summer session (also online). What to do, what to do? Keep the tests but make them worth more points? Cram three discussion board questions into each week? Or two, because three would be too much? If I cut back from two essay assignments to one, am I being unfair – to either the traditional fall/spring students who have to do two or to the summer students who won’t get the educational value from writing both? Decisions, decisions, decisions (and advice is more than welcome!).

 

In helping myself understand the difference between the pace of a fall/spring vs. accelerated summer course, I did a little research and came across this fascinating article by Austin & Gustafson (2006) from the Journal of Economics and Finance Education titled Impact of Course Length on Student Learning. The results of this study suggest that, controlling for a variety of variables, intensive courses (like a summer session) do tend to result in higher learning than traditional 14-16 week semester courses.

 

Perhaps summer sessions simply “lower the bar” (which is what I am afraid of doing as I’m restructuring my traditional course to fit in 5 weeks)? Not so, according to these authors. They look at the future performance of these students as well and conclude that the higher grades more likely represent a true increase in knowledge rather than a lowered bar.

 

This finding is particularly interesting to me as I teach online at both a state university that operates on the traditional semester system and at a non-traditional online school that uses 5-week terms. I have always wondered about the difference in learning between these two groups and here is one study that offers some evidence that they are equivalent or that the accelerated term is somehow more effective than the traditional one.

 

One of the reasons for this finding, I think, is that students take fewer accelerated courses at a time (maybe one summer course, for example, or two at the most compared to five courses in a full traditional semester load) allowing accelerated learners to immerse themselves in one topic, which is consistent with what we know in neuroscience/neuropsychology – that deeper, more connected, immersive learning = better learning.

 

Thoughts? Please leave a comment below!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 20 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 6 different schools. Currently there are a total of 883 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

9 Remote SME Positions – Agate Development

5 Online Teaching Positions  – Rasmussen College

3 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland University College

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Johnson & Wales University, Study.com, and Union Institute & 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!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 33 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 10 different schools. Currently there are a total of 903 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

10 Online Teaching Positions – Grantham University

8 Online Teaching Positions  – Florida Technical College

8 Online Teaching Positions – Indiana Wesleyan University

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at American Public University System, Colorado Community College System, Colorado Technical University, Herzing University, Interactive College of Technology, Pacific Oaks College, and SmartThinking.

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!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 27 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 11 different schools. Currently there are a total of 951 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

8 Online Teaching Positions – Northwest College

7 Online Teaching Positions  – Doane University

2 Online Teaching Positions – AIU Online

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at American Public University System, Bank Street College of Education, Colorado Community College System, Drexel University, Education Futures Management, Maryville University, Rasmussen College, and Southern Utah 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!

Posted by & filed under AdjunctWorld Resources.

I took a parenting class a couple of years ago and whenever one of us students asked a tough question to the teacher (you know, posed one of those impossible-to-solve parenting dilemmas) the teacher always responded with an empathetic shake of the head and by saying “Parenting is not for the faint of heart!” It was a response that frustrated me, but, alas, I see her point. There are some situations that just don’t have “answers” and that can only be resolved with commitment in the face of adversity.

Where is the segue to online teaching? Ha! Here it is. Sometimes, when members of our community reach out to me frustrated by the online application job hunt, I am pulled to give an empathetic shake of my head and to say “Looking for online adjunct jobs is not for the faint of heart!” I don’t say it, mainly because I didn’t like it when the parenting class instructor said it to me. However, that I’m pulled to means there are some parallels. Sometimes, in the online job hunt, there is no answer – nothing you are doing particularly wrong – its just dog eat dog. A numbers game.

However, there are a few strategies that may be helpful in strengthening your approach. We’ve discussed some in a previous article that I’ll link to here titled, “Getting LMS Experience – Where to Start.” Another idea? Especially if you find you are in need of both online teaching experience AND money? Host and teach your own online class.

The internet is full of platforms people use to teach their own online classes – like Teachable, Udemy, and Ruzuku. On these platforms, you’ll find classes teaching anything from how to cultivate beehives to theoretical physics. If you have some curriculum put together and need a place to share it, to help market it, and to ultimately teach it (giving you online teaching experience for your resume!) consider doing some research into one of these online class platforms. These platforms all have different business models, so how you collect money from your students (if you choose to at all) and how the platforms collect money from you can differ wildly, so its important to do your research.

When it comes to giving you a list of these course-hosting sites, someone’s already done the work for me, so I’ll post a link here:  10 Platforms You Can Use to Host Your Online Courses.

My advice – take a look around at classes hosted on these sites that might be similar to yours. Or one you find interesting. How does the instructor approach it? How much information do they offer? How big of a project does this seem to be? Am I willing to take this on? Once you sign up for a platform, guaranteed a representative will call or email you (in my experience, it was call) and talk more about what you are planning to do. They can offer guidance as well.

Do you have any experience hosting and teaching your own online class? Have you considered this angle before? Please leave a comment below and we can discuss!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 20 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 13 different schools. Currently there are a total of 938 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

5 Online Teaching Positions – Northcentral University

4 Online Teaching Positions  – Study.com

1 Online Teaching Positions – University of California, Irvine

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Agate Development, American Public University System, Berkeley College, Buena Vista University, Colorado State University – Global Campus, Galen College of Nursing, Herzing University, Liberty University, Old Dominion University, and Southern New Hampshire 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!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 20 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 12 different schools. Currently there are a total of 1,216 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

6 Online Teaching Positions – Holmes Community College

3 Online Teaching Positions  – Southern New Hampshire University

2 Online Teaching Positions – University of Maryland University College

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at Colorado State University – Global Campus, Columbia Southern University, Johns Hopkins University, Kaplan University, Mindojo.com, National Paralegal College, Olivet Nazarene University, Study.com, and Thomas Edison 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.

Thanks for being a part of the AdjunctWorld Community!

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 23 Online Adjunct jobs to AdjunctWorld from 13 different schools. Currently there are a total of 1,210 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

7 Online Teaching Positions – Bethune-Cookman University

3 Online Teaching Positions  – McGraw-Hill Education

2 Online Teaching Positions – University of New England

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at American Public University System, Ashland University, Boston University, Old Dominion University, Rasmussen College, Southern New Hampshire University, Study.com, The Princeton Review, University of Maryland University College, and Wilkes 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!

Posted by & filed under Online Teaching Resources.

Hello all! Hope you are doing well and enjoying Spring’s efforts at relieving Winter of it’s duties.

This week, my online personality psychology class is finishing up their mid-term exams. It is a 50-question, multiple-choice, open book test that they have had a week to complete. It is worth 5% of their final grade. That’s right – the big “mid-term exam” is only worth 5% of their final grade.

Why? I myself am of the opinion that multiple choice exams aren’t the best assessment of student learning and are too often compromised by test-taking anxiety. Instead, 54% of their grade is based on weekly forum discussions and classmate responding, 36% is based on 3 written assignments/essays where students actively and creatively apply the material to a specific situation or something in their own lives, and a mere 10% is based on multiple choice exams (5% each for the mid term and final).

I am of the opinion that active, engaged discussion forum participation (inspired by a learning objective-based prompt I pose each week that requests definition and application of the concept) and essay writing that emphasizes synthesis and application are much better assessments of how a student is learning in my class (and those forms of assessment are much less influenced by cheating!).

Why use tests at all? The primary reasons I still use the mid-term and final are two-fold. One, I want to make sure all students comb through the entire textbook (even if its just looking for answers) to make sure the more nuanced information we may not have gotten to in the discussion is covered. And two, the MC test is a good measure for students to gauge their own learning. A self-check so to speak. So, I set them up to succeed. All questions are taken from the textbook, they have a week to complete it, they can take the exam over multiple days, and if an otherwise good, active, and engaged critically thinking student doesn’t do as well “at test-taking” – well, their grade is not unfairly penalized.

I’m certain many of you feel the same way just as I am certain this philosophy doesn’t necessarily apply to all disciplines. I can see multiple-choice test taking as an important aspect of other classes. But for the social sciences, I’m going to be hard to convince otherwise.

I found an article you all might be interested in that further explains the role of multiple choice tests in the online classroom. Please feel free to comment below re: how you use MC tests in your classroom and your views on the most effective form of assessment in your classroom.

Posted by & filed under Job Listings.

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 21 Online Adjunct jobs and 1 On-Campus Adjunct job to AdjunctWorld from 15 different schools. Currently there are a total of 1,250 Adjunct jobs listed on our site.  Click below to see a selection of these recently posted jobs:

3 Online Teaching Positions – Campbell University

2 Online Teaching Positions  – Stratford University

2 Online Teaching Positions – American Public University System

AdjunctWorld’s latest 10 Online Adjunct positions

…as well as online teaching opportunities at AIU Online, Bay Path University, Chamberlain College of Nursing (on-ground), Colorado Community College System, Colorado State University – Global Campus, Concordia College New York, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, Franklin University, Georgia Military College, Linfield College, Rasmussen College, Southern New Hampshire University, and The Refrigeration School.

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!