Ashford TA

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by Michael, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Michael

    Michael Member

    Hey, everybody,

    I start an online teaching assistant job at Ashford University in January. I'm very happy about that!
  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

  3. Michael

    Michael Member

    Thanks, Ted.
  4. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    Hey Michael - that's great news!
  5. Michael

    Michael Member


    Thanks! Yes it is. I surely need the money, and this will enhance my resume.
  6. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    Congratulations. I know getting those experiences listed on the CV/Resume really help.
  7. Michael

    Michael Member

    Thanks, cdhale. Yes, and I need all the help I can get, at my rather advanced age. :)
  8. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

  9. Michael

    Michael Member

    Thanks, Bruce.
  10. armywife

    armywife New Member

    Hi there,
    Are you going through the Teacher Orientation/training right now? If so, I am too! I just attended the live meeting about it and will be going through the the 2 classes the next 4 weeks. Really would love to hear from those who have been through it before.
  11. Michael

    Michael Member

    Hi Holly,

    Just saw your post. I went through the training back in the Fall.

    Good luck!
  12. Michael

    Michael Member

    I must say I am shocked at some of the papers I've gotten. I don't see how some of these people ever got out of high school, and yet here they are in college!

    Someone I spoke to about this said maybe it's because for-profits will take anyone with a pulse.
  13. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    It isn't just for profits. Many community colleges have open enrollment. If you can show up for class, and either pay or qualify for financial aid, then you can attend.
  14. Klgm326

    Klgm326 New Member

    I'm curious about how you can correct papers online. How does that work? Does their software allow you to make marks on their papers,etc.?
  15. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    They submit papers in MS Word format (this is one variation). YOu open it, and leave comments, either with the comment function or track changes. Then send it back to them.

    If your school uses something like, then there are options for grading within turnitin.

    Not a big deal, really.
  16. Michael

    Michael Member

    cdhale basically answered this.

    I had to learn the technology, but after I did, it's not difficult. It is more time-consuming, though, than the old-fashioned way, imo.
  17. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    It depends, in my experience. If you are using turnitin grademark, it doesn't take long at all. Most comments are already saved in a list, you click on the one that fits, place it where it goes, then move on. If there is some unique thing to address, you can do it type it in. A paper in grademark takes about 5 minutes or so total for me.

    If I am using bubble comments (I hate track changes), then it might add a few minutes. It depends on the assignment, and what is being graded on that assignment. I find my times tend to be pretty comparable to the old-fashioned way.

    But I have been doing it a pretty long time, too. It did take me longer until I got the hang of it.
  18. Michael

    Michael Member

    Yes, I hope as I get used to it, I'll get faster at it. This is a must, considering how large my classes are.
  19. Klgm326

    Klgm326 New Member

    Thanks, guys! I've been teaching ESL for the past five years (high school) and we use a lot of technology, but I've never worked with "paper-grading" software.

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