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    University of the People

    For those looking to break through the "must have experience" barrier for online teaching , the University of the People (DEAC) is hiring online instructors for several different academic disciplines.

    You're called a "volunteer", so there's no pay involved, but if you're looking for experience and a resume add (or just want to pay it forward), it's worth checking out;

    https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/...it=Search+Jobs
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    You are paid a stipend at University of the People. The stipend depends on the number of students and your level of education and the type of course you are teaching . it will not make you rich by any means but its a nice thought. They do not mention this in case in the future they are not able to pay stipends at that rate or at all.
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    I applied for a 'volunteer' teaching position about a few months ago. I met the education and work experience qualifications and I have classroom teaching experience. But I haven't heard from them. I'm disappointed.

    Not sure if I should send a 2nd follow up note to the HR email. Any thoughts?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigan68 View Post
    I applied for a 'volunteer' teaching position about a few months ago. I met the education and work experience qualifications and I have classroom teaching experience. But I haven't heard from them. I'm disappointed.

    Not sure if I should send a 2nd follow up note to the HR email. Any thoughts?


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    You should definitely follow up, they have had some turn over at the administrative level and some things have shifted from being in Israel to the West Coast. I think the kinks are ironed out now.
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    I also queried them a while back, seemed like a WOT. A system that expects anyone to teach classes for a pittance while nailing down big grants, isn't long for this world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    I also queried them a while back, seemed like a WOT. A system that expects anyone to teach classes for a pittance while nailing down big grants, isn't long for this world.
    Maybe. But they're truly fantastic at getting good press, so maybe not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    I also queried them a while back, seemed like a WOT. A system that expects anyone to teach classes for a pittance while nailing down big grants, isn't long for this world.
    I think a lot depends upon the size. I don't think UPeople ever intends to attract the student body of places like Phoenix. So they may not need a never ending pool of adjuncts which can only be filled by dangling money.

    Grants are, typically, not for paying staff. The potential for abuse would be too great. Grant money can only be spent on the programs for which the grant was awarded. So if People is getting a grant to upgrade their web interface or their LMS then that is what the money has to be spent on.

    If a potential instructor didn't understand that then I think the University is likely better off without them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    A system that expects anyone to teach classes for a pittance while nailing down big grants, isn't long for this world.
    The school doesn't expect them to teach for a pittance, they expect them to teach for free. The instructors are volunteers. They know that when they sign on. Clearly these are people who's primary motivation in this matter is not money. The school seems to be doing better than ever.
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    I suppose the Administrators work for free too? The whole thing stinks IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    I suppose the Administrators work for free too? The whole thing stinks IMO.
    I'm wiling to bet that if their staff really is paid, it's a whole hell of a lot less than those at traditional "non-profit" schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    I suppose the Administrators work for free too? The whole thing stinks IMO.
    The only problem I see with relying so heavily on volunteers is that they'll tend to pay less attention to their commitment to you and more to their commitments to those who are actually paying them money.

    But that said, I don't understand your comment. There's nothing duplicitous about what they're doing.
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    Of course their staff is paid otherwise nothing would get done. Only the poor suckers teaching for free experience are getting tricked. There are plenty of free colleges and universities that charge little or no tuition and they pay their instructors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    Of course their staff is paid otherwise nothing would get done. Only the poor suckers teaching for free experience are getting tricked. There are plenty of free colleges and universities that charge little or no tuition and they pay their instructors.
    A lot of people work for free in order to gain experience, and to put that experience on their resumes.

    They're called "interns". Pretty common, actually sought after, and sometimes mandatory, in higher education .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    A lot of people work for free in order to gain experience, and to put that experience on their resumes.

    They're called "interns". Pretty common, actually sought after, and sometimes mandatory, in higher education.

    Bruce,

    I do appreciate you posting the initial thread. It started out trying to help people get 'experience' in online teaching , which so many complain that it is the reason why they do not get hired by other schools, not sure why it went sideways.

    I personally would work for free teaching so I could put that on my resume, since 21 years ago I did start out as an 'blueprint runner' to get my foot in the door at an engineering company. I paid my dues, and I am still glad for that opportunity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    Of course their staff is paid otherwise nothing would get done. Only the poor suckers teaching for free experience are getting tricked. There are plenty of free colleges and universities that charge little or no tuition and they pay their instructors.
    Does University of the People lie to applicants about what they'll get in return? If not, they're not "getting tricked". If you don't like their model that's understandable, but that doesn't justify lying about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlevy View Post
    There are plenty of free colleges and universities that charge little or no tuition and they pay their instructors.
    Plenty? OK, name 10.
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