When it rains it pours

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by AdamJLaw, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. AdamJLaw

    AdamJLaw New Member

    I've been looking to teach online for a while now. I've been on online adjunct assistant for one year and worked in person for Kaplan for about 8 months. In the past two months I've been hired for 5 online schools. My question is which schools are the best to teach for. What schools give you the best money for your time. I figure that after another year of online teaching I'll be able to pick the schools I teach for rather than the schools picking me. Also, how many classes do you teach online at once?

  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Can you share which schools they are?
  3. AdamJLaw

    AdamJLaw New Member

    I was hired by Davenport, Everest, Chancellor, Stayer, Argosy and ETS (as a rater).
  4. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    I have taught for Davenport off and on for 2 1/2 years. They are fine. They have gotten an little more "hands on" over the past year. I also have seen my course offers decrease somewhat (I always have good reviews, so I don't think it is teaching quality or anything). The pay is on the low side of average, I think.

    I teach for South (same parent company as Argosy). I have taught for them for 1 1/2 years and consistently get classes. They are also pretty hands on. Pay is a little lower, but classes only last 5.5 weeks, so in the end not much different, really.

    I have not taught for the others you mention.

    I also teach regularly for DeVry (past 1 1/2 years) and they pay more per course than anyone else I have taught for. Regent Univ also hires me for 2 or 3 courses per year and they pay pretty well.

    I keep up with DeVry and South on a regular basis, so I am used to their income. The others I count as "gravy" when they come in.

    I don't know if the current economic reality allows me to "pick and choose." I just take what is offered. I have not applied to a new school since South and DeVry picked me up.
  5. graymatter

    graymatter Member

    How long was the response time from Everest and Strayer? I applied to both (and Argosy) in the summer. I did an interview (I think) with Everest but haven't heard anything in months. I got a follow-up email from Strayer but nothing since then. I was "credentialed" with Argosy but haven't been assigned anything.

    As to placed I teach/taught, I've done Liberty 2 courses per term, UOP/Axia 4 courses per term and I'm in training for Indiana Wesleyan.
  6. douje

    douje New Member

    Liberty U.

    How has your experience with Liberty been? They got me through the whole interview process and then just stopped responding to my emails.
  7. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    It is probably going to take you more than a year before you can be selective, especially now as the market favors the employer. The better schools require at least 3 years experience. There are definitely schools that are better than others. I teach for several and I have a few on my list that I would trade for better opportunities once available. I separate them into keepers/not-keepers list.

    I am really not trying to be a jerk or anything and I realize you have just got into this but, I would classify the majority of the schools you listed in the second category strictly from an employee standoint. It sounds like you have already realized this, so cool. Good luck and never stop looking.

    The biggest determining factor on how many courses you can teach at once is your own schedule. Most people here would freak if they knew how many classes I have going at once at any given time, but I have a schedule that is perfect for adjuncting.
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  8. nanoose

    nanoose New Member

    I'm new to even thinking about teaching DL.
    I am a professional high school teacher (Canada).
    Do you know if that kind of experience is helpful in landing a DL gig?
  9. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    I suppose any teaching experience is helpful, but college level experience is preferred. Many schools will specifically make that a requirement for hiring. Not all will, though.

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