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Make Money Teaching Online: How to Land Your First Academic Job, Build Credibility, and Earn a Six-Figure Salary Hardcover – February 9, 2007

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Two adjunct professors explain how theydiscovered great pay, flexible hours, and rewarding work

You may not consider teaching a very exciting profession, or at least not a lucrative one. But what if you could teach from home—or anywhere in the world—and earn a six-figure salary doing it? Tens of thousands of people make a great living teaching online courses from wherever they happen to be. And the more courses they teach, the more money they can make.

Online universities are sprouting up around the country and revolutionizing the way we teach and learn, and enterprising educators are cashing in. Traditional universities are offering more courses online—and they need growing numbers of adjunct faculty to teach them. In Make Money Teaching Online, online educators Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella explain how to get the education you need, find high-paying teaching jobs, and increase workloads and income.

Today, more than eighty percent of learners have taken at least one online course, and those numbers continue to rise. But rather than hire tenure-track professors, institutions are increasingly looking for part-time, remote educators to teach online courses. By teaching multiple classes, you can make much more money than most full-time tenured professors.

Step by step, the authors show you how to:

  • Find legitimate online universities and opportunities
  • Discover what universities look for in online educators
  • Manage and master the technology you need to teach
  • Maintain professional relationships and grow your business like a consultancy
  • Balance your workload to minimize effort and maximize income
  • And much more

Make Money Teaching Online is the only guide you need to get started, find great teaching jobs, and earn more than you thought possible. If you want a personally and monetarily rewarding career in this revolutionary new industry, get online and get teaching.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470100877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470100875
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors provide a nice overview of online teaching, including a lot of important considerations for job seekers (many of which apply equally well to those looking for jobs outside the realm of online education). The advice seems honest, and the authors admit that, unfortunately, there is no single source, website or service that will provide you with access to all the job listings/opportunities that are available. I didn't find anything new among the websites they suggest monitoring for job opportunities, but this doesn't mean that you won't...it may depend on how much research you've already done. Their advice on strategies for making inquiries, even when no opportunities are listed, seems reasonable and should be helpful to many.

There was a good deal of emphasis on how to use and maximize current technologies, along with accounts of the authors preferences. I had hoped there would be more focus on the actual online teaching process...e.g., tips for addressing common problems students encounter in adapting to discussion forum-based learning, etc. Granted, the advice may help you to be more organized and efficient, and therefore give you more time to think about how to manage e-classroom issues and improve your teaching techniques. Nevertheless, managing relationships with institutions, administrators and other online-teachers is covered reasonably well, but not so extensively for the online student/teacher relationship. I can't fault the book too much for these issues however, as the title is "Make Money Teaching Online," and not "How to Teach Online."

This brings up another aspect that I found troubling, in the subtitle implication that the book will show you how to "earn a six-figure salary" from online teaching.
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As a current student of an online advanced-degree program, who is considering teaching in the growing online educational industry, I highly recommend "Make Money Teaching Online." It is one of those rare reference (how-to) books that is actually compelling and provides helpful insights in every chapter (note: I found that skipping around by chapter and segments provides information but reading the book in totality really maximizes the overall experience). The authors both have doctoral degrees and solid histories of teaching online, but unlike typical research work, the book includes their personal insights and stories which make the information easy to understand and retain, in a one-on-one coaching style.

This is an excellent book for those interested in teaching online and even for those considering enrolling in a school with online degrees (as it provides a clear, inside perspective of the online education industry). From its initial information on the credibility of online schools, to its step-by-step job hunting directions, to what to expect in benefits and compensation, down to its "Must-Have Technologies" chapter, this book has been thoughtfully and meticulously written. I appreciate that it is not a glossy motivational book but one that is seemingly grounded in reality and honesty.

My only question was why these authors have so generously given of their experience and information which will only increase the competition...my peers who have had classes facilitated by Dr. Mirabella have said that he is extremely responsive and intensely focused on their learning, so I have to assume it is about the genuine passion to teach and help others (book royalties only go so far)...Whatever the reason for their book however, their enthusiasm and dedication make for a refreshing, must-read.
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This book really is junk, albeit nicely decorated junk, and here's why. -Making money Teaching Online_ actually manages to be book-length, which a lot of these guides aren't. However the content could easily be printed up in a brochure or be included in an information page on one of the web's 'content websites.' As a 'real' college professor, and one that helped develop an online course, the stuff provided here when juxtaposed with my experience, doesn't sound like the same universe. Although the authors admit many online courses pay $1,000 dollars per course, consider how hard you have to work to get a 'six-figure salary.' The authors have the answer: insinuate yourself with the college administration and you may be called on to provide value-added work, like being a 'content-leader' and other questionable activities. Doubt whether that will make up the slack. And you will learn upfront that the authors assume you will be an adjunct teacher forever.

What is really funny is that the authors spend an awful lot of time discussing how you can teach online by getting an online degree. Or, in other words, they suggest getting an online degree ONLY so that you can teach online. Bottom line, this book isn't about 'teaching' at all. It is about training. If you are familiar at all with Blackboard or WEBct, you won't learn anything new about these 'platforms.' Additionally, if you don't intend to teach either Business courses or IT courses, even some of the basic information here regarding 'teaching' online is basically worthless.

Now it's simply my opinion that this book is junk. If you have as a career goal working 75 hours a week at mainly rote activities, and earn a living at it, give it your best shot.
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