The way students learn is evolving. Every year, millions of students and professionals kick back in their pajamas with a latte in hand—not to relax, but to grow educationally and professionally. Every year more schools and universities transition to blended programs that combine the best of technology, classrooms, and lecture halls. This allows students and teachers more flexibility in scheduling, adapting to individual learning styles, and ease in digging even deeper into the subject matter of each class.
At one time, online programs were considered barely-legitimate “fringe options” for the less-than-motivated to get a semblance of an education. Today, students receive academically challenging and enriching courses taught by world-class professors and experts in their field—without leaving home.
Did you know?
- Over the last eight years, the number of students enrolled in online classes grew 383% from 1.6 million to 6.1 million
- Around 1/3 of post-secondary students take at least one online class each year
- Almost 1/2 of high school students and 3/4 of online educators surveyed said that one of the biggest advantages to online education is the generally student-centered organization of classes
Increasingly, educators are recognizing the value of online teaching platforms, and a new generation of students love the ability to take control of their educational experience while learning and communicating in a technologically-rich environment.
Suddenly grading, providing student feedback, and efficiently reviewing data and online conversation groups is easier than ever for educators and trainers. What’s more, online education allows actively practicing professionals to teach while also working in the job field, which means that teachers have up-to-date, relevant, real-world experience in the subject they teach.
If you’ve ever seriously thought about becoming a teacher in order to share something you’re passionate about and earn extra money, chances are you’ve also hit road blocks. To become a full-time educator—or even a part-time one, in some situations—you must first apply at a brick-and-mortar school; if accepted, you agree to spend a certain amount of time on those premises teaching classes, maintaining regular office hours, or both. Starting up a new brick-and-mortar school is even more expensive and riddled with unseen costs and expenses.
Teaching online is a more viable option. It’s flexible enough to work seamlessly with your existing schedule, there is minimum administration, and no bureaucracy. You can take advantage of all the powerful tools of today’s modern learning platforms while sharing the subject matter you know well with students and learning communities across the world.
Start teaching online today and do what you love on your own terms.
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